Foals Singer Yannis Philippakis Slams Spotify
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.30.2013
Another musician who's not a fan...
Foals singer Yannis Philippakis recently told Channel 4 that he is not a fan of Spotify.
He was promoting the band's new album Holy Fire, which he said is very personal. He said: "I can't really be around people I know and hear the songs… I just feel, like, awkward - it makes my toes curl a little bit. But that was my aim."
He added that the album was an attempt to show emotion and "strip away any excess". The album is currently available on Spotify along with their previous albums Antidotes (2008) and Total Life Forever (2010).
Philippakis said of this: "I'd rather somebody stole the record on vinyl than bought it or streamed it on Spotify. Because I think you should listen to music on vinyl, and I think basically anything's better than that (Spotify)."
Spotify has been around for five years this month and has 24 million active users worldwide. Philippakis said the rates that artists are paid by the service is an "insulting pittance".
He added: "It's like going to a restaurant when the chef and all the waiting staff have worked their asses off, and you leave coppers as a tip, and you don't even pay the bill. That's basically what Spotify's like, I think."
He's the latest artist to speak out against the service. Thom Yorke said in September that Spotify was the "last desperate fart of a dying corpse". He owns the rights to the back catalog of Atoms for Peace and had it removed from the service.
Holy Fire was nominated for a Barclaycard Mercury prize along with David Bowie's The Next Day, Arctic Monkeys' AM and Disclosure's Settle. It is their second Mercury nomination. The album was praised for being emotionally accessible and having a more streamlined sound.
Laura Mvula is now the favorite to win the award, according to oddsmakers. Other artists up for the prize include Laura Marling, Villagers, Jon Hopkins and Jake Bugg. The winner will be announced at the Roundhouse in London tonight.