Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian spoke in an interview with Resurrection Fest and explained his thoughts about music streaming. He said:
“I wasn’t a fan of streaming music initially, because I’m in a band and I felt like, ‘All right, well, I don’t like this idea because the bands are getting ripped off.’
I still feel like the bands are getting ripped off, but at the same time, I definitely enjoy… I love being able to be in my house and basically have any song ever right on my phone, and I can go on Spotify and I can have it streaming all through my house anytime. Spotify is a good tool for all bands, but streaming doesn’t make up for a loss of record sales.
If you don’t adapt, then you don’t survive. It’s evolution – that’s really what it is. And in the last few years, we’ve adapted and we’ve accepted what’s going on in the world. You can’t constantly fight a battle against things you’re never going to win and have no control over.
So you adapt and you accept it and you figure out, ‘What’s the best way this is gonna work for us? And how do we use this new tool to best represent Anthrax?’ And Spotify has actually worked out really well for us in the last few years – especially on the last record. Because we really embraced it on ‘For All Kings.’
And kids discover us on Spotify and then they go buy a ticket to come see us. And then they’re a fan for life once they see the band live.”
You can watch the entire interview below.