Sex_E_Manbeast said: Or changing your style just to fit the trend of what music is doing best on the charts. I don't have a double standard for this either, The Beatles changed styles from the classic "buddy holly" jam music to the hippy music, and I do consider that selling out. You guys can say what you want, its not going to change my mind about it.
I disagree with the Beatles notion. I believe what they made then was certainly more along the lines of musical experimentation in which their hearts were genuinely behind.
There's nothing wrong with changing styles (if the heart is still there). Selling out has to do with motivation than with style changes alone. Bands experiment in order to not sound stale and rehashed. It has to be tough to balance that right mix of experimentation and originality but at the same time not going too far with it to be called sell outs.
I've always considered selling out to mean lowering one's artistic integrity, whether it be changing your sound to become more accessible to the mainstream population of music listeners (idiots for the most part), or bringing in corporate sponsorship in order to promote your "product" (it's no longer art imo). The latter really doesn't occur much in metal. I'd love to see Burzum do a commercial for Pepsi.
However, when you go and water down what you started, remove the double bass, taboo subject matter, and overall crunchiness, we've got problems.