Thom Yorke Slams Spotify Music Service Again
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 10.04.2013
He says it's "the last desperate fart of a dying corpse"...
Radiohead's Thom Yorke has fired another shot at Spotify. As you may recall, Yorke previously decided to yank Atoms For Peace's album from the streaming service as well as his solo album The Eraser due to issues with how the service pays low royalty rates to artists. Now, Yorke has slammed the service further, calling it "the last desperate fart of a dying corpse."
York spoke with Sopitas and said, "I feel like as musicians we need to fight the Spotify thing. I feel that in some ways what's happening in the mainstream is the last gasp of the old industry. Once that does finally die, which it will, something else will happen. But it's all about how we change the way we listen to music, it's all about what happens next in terms of technology, in terms of how people talk to each other about music, and a lot of it could be really fucking bad. I don't subscribe to the whole thing that a lot of people do within the music industry that's ‘well this is all we've got left. we'll just have to do this.' I just don't agree."
Yorke added, "When we did the In Rainbows thing what was most exciting was the idea you could have a direct connection between you as a musician and your audience. You cut all of it out, it's just that and that. And then all these fuckers get in a way, like Spotify suddenly trying to become the gatekeepers to the whole process. We don't need you to do it. No artists needs you to do it. We can build the shit ourselves, so fuck off. But because they're using old music, because they're using the majors… the majors are all over it because they see a way of re-selling all their old stuff for free, make a fortune, and not die. That's why to me, Spotify the whole thing, is such a massive battle, because it's about the future of all music. It's about whether we believe there's a future in music"
When asked about the future, he said, "To me this isn't the mainstream, this is is like the last fart, the last desperate fart of a dying corpse. What happens next is the important part."