During a recent appearance on a radio podcast, ‘Nod To The Old School,’ Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has brutally criticized the streaming services, such as Spotify and Apple Music.
While discussing streaming services, he mentioned that he tried to use Apple Music for a while, but he stopped using it because he is an old-fashioned guy.
He also stated that it is more important to support his friends and favorite bands by buying their products, rather than listening on streaming platforms.
Here’s what David Ellefson stated:
“I’ve never been a Spotify guy. For some reason, it never resonated with me. I’ve tried it, I tried Apple Music for a while, but I’m old-school and I buy everything. I feel it’s important to support my friends and the bands that I’m a fan of; I feel it’s important to support the cause, support our business.
So I’ll pay the $1.29 on iTunes and buy it, and that way I have it when I’m flying in an airplane, which is when I listen to a lot of my music — when I’m traveling. I don’t have to be, like, ‘Oh, shit. I don’t have wifi. I can’t listen to my music.’ [Laughs]
I want my music on my terms, and I think that’s probably ultimately why we made mixtapes in the first place [back in the day] — ’cause I want my music on my terms whenever I wanna hear it.”
A year and a half ago, David Ellefson spoke to the ‘Graspop Metal Meeting’ about Spotify’s meager artist payouts and said that:
“As great as digital streaming is as a promotional thing, it’s extremely unfair to us. They’ve built entire massive fortunes on the backs of our music that we don’t get paid for. And that, fortunately, is gonna change… Now, as far as the fans, the user? My daughter, my kids, I don’t think they hardly bought any music — they always get everything…
My daughter, for sure, gets things off Spotify, so I pay attention. And certainly YouTube and all that stuff, so, of course, it’s important. Because if we’re not on our drums and guitars, we’re probably on our phones. So it’s important that we pay attention to it because our fans are a part of it. So if we wanna connect to our fans, we need to be there.
Thank goodness, again, like I said, the middle is getting connected better as far as the fairness of the royalty and everything, which, of course, makes us feel better because we feel like we’re being compensated for a lot of hard work. And somebody had to pay to make those records, so it’s nice that everybody now starts to get a fair take on that.”
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