Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke is not the biggest fan of music-streaming platform Spotify, recently removing large parts of his back-catalogue from the service. But if you wanted to know just how much he hates the company, just read this recent interview he did with a Mexican publication.
Currently on tour with Atoms For Peace, Yorke told Sopitas that the company was the “last fart” of the old fashioned music industry, going further to say that it was the “last desperate fart of a dying corpse”.
Yorke added: “I feel like the way people are listening to music is going through this big transition. I feel like as musicians we need to fight the Spotify thing…. 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.”
“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, same with the film industry, same with books.”
You can listen to the full interview below, via CoS: