Volbeat singer Michael Poulsen has been speaking to Classic Rock about the current state of the record industry. The frontman notes that it is no longer possible for a band to survive on album sales:
"Some people out there don't really get what musicians are trying to do. Because let's be honest, selling records doesn't put food on the table any more - it's touring. But some fans just think 'Oh, here comes the same CD with some live bonus tracks so they can try and cash in.'"You know what it isn't about that because you can't sell records to make money anymore. It's more about giving the fans something special and trying to get the CD sales back again from all the downloading."I don't think downloading has any soul or spirit. I personally don't download anything. I like to hunt for the record or the movie that I want. No musician these days are earning good money from selling records, it's all about live shows. That's what the fans have to understand - we are not trying to just make easy bucks, we are trying to get the record sales back in the stores again instead of people just sitting at home and doing it on the internet. It is actually killing the music industry. I get it now why bands have releases in those different formats. I think it's a really good idea."
Poulsen is the latest in a long line of musicians to have bemoaned the effect that downloading has on music. Former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne recently made statements to a similar effect in the Guardian newspaper.