Alice in Chains: 'Spotify and Pandora Are a F--king Ripoff for Musicians'

artist: alice in chains date: 08/12/2014 category: general music news
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Alice in Chains: 'Spotify and Pandora Are a F--king Ripoff for Musicians'
Following Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke's Spotify outburst, Alice in Chains drummer Sean Kinney became another prominent musician who took a strong stance against streaming services.

Chatting with 96.5 the Fox, Sean also reminisced the old days when music seemed more valuable to him. Asked if he thinks that any of the new acts will become as successful as AiC, the drummer replied:

"I'd hope so, but I think it's gonna be really hard, because everybody wants it now and they don't have to do anything to get music. So it's kind of devalued music. You don't go and get it, then wait for it to bring it home. And you don't listen to albums. As many people don't listen to albums in their entirety; they cherry-pick stuff.

"You know, when you don't put anything into getting something, then it doesn't have much of a value ... On a bigger scale, it is what it is, but it's just sad, because music is so important to so many people and such a huge part of the world and how we connect and what brings together. And when you put a value of zero on that, I'm more afraid of what the future will be of that. Now you've devalued such an important art form and part of everybody's life.

"So I would hope that people would stick with bands, but when you put nothing into going to support a band, they can't financially continue to be supported, because they're not being supported financially; it costs money to go places and make music."

Further sharing his fears regarding the future of rock, Kinney noted, "My fear is, like, when big rock bands that can still go to an arena and play that show - Metallica and stuff like that - decide to not do it anymore, who will take their place? Is there anybody that can? Right now I'm not feeling super positive that anybody can. And that could go missing for generations of people. That whole experience can be lost. It's like the experience of listening to an entire album. It's an experience. And now how you experience music is being reshaped and hopefully something will shake up."

Prompted to comment on how fans prefer streaming individual songs rather than albums, Sean replied (via Blabbermouth), "You have these Spotifys and Pandoras where you get access to almost every piece of recorded music on the planet. And then that's great for the consumer. But for every person who's ever recorded music, it's a f--king ripoff. Because, I think, I hear people are starting to post their [royalty] checks [online for having their music streamed]. You get 10 million plays of your song, and you get a check for 111 dollars."
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