Deftones guitarist Stephen Carpenter says he's happy for people to download their music because it means they have more fans.
Deftones have been a big metal act since the late '90s, so they're not short on fans already, but in an interview with Loud Guitars he said the rise of illegal downloads hasn't changed his approach to writing music, and he wants to embrace it for the benefits it could bring.
"I say hallelujah to them. I say it for only one reason, the truth is people who download your music are your fans, or people who are potentially going to become your fans," he said. "And if you're going to be upset that someone is interested, or becoming interested in your stuff, then what's the point? What are you doing?"
He continued: "If it's all about money then certainly you're going to be offended. But if your intent is to enjoy what you're doing and have others enjoying it, then it should be a no brainer. I welcome all people to download the music. They won't be the first, they wont be the last, and for anyone to fight that ... it's futile."
The full 30-minute interview talks more about Stephs thoughts on the internet, including his hobby of browsing guitarists on YouTube who share shredding videos which inspire him to keep improving his guitar skills.
See the full interview with Stephen Carpenter here:
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