During a recent TV show appearance, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash talked about the current state of the music industry, and he criticized the streaming services with really harsh words.
Although the streaming services are useful for the customers, Slash thinks that this current model is not giving many benefits for the many artists in the industry.
Here’s what Slash said:
“This is a longer story than we have time for, but the whole streaming thing… if you remember in the late ’90s, early millennium, or whenever it was, when everyone was doing the file-sharing thing, the internet basically killed the music industry.
So now, we’ve basically come out of it with these streaming services, but they don’t pay anywhere near the royalties that buying a CD or record pays. It’s definitely hurt the music business in a big way.
It’s easier for the customers, but it’s definitely not doing any favors for the actual artists.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Slash described how he found Alter Bridge star, Myles Kennedy.
“I jam a lot, and you meet people, I do a lot of sessions, and you meet people, and you remember people that you play with that you feel really comfortable playing with, or you thought were really good. I’ve been doing this for a long time, so I know a lot of musicians.
For me personally, I’m looking for people who have a natural gift for the rock ‘n’ roll feel. One of the great things about The Conspirators is I didn’t know any of them. I did not see it coming.
I worked with Myles on my first solo record [2010’s ‘Slash’], and I had never heard him sing before. I heard a lot about him, and I called him up and asked if he wanted to sing a song on my solo record with all of these different singers.”
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