During the talk with Dean Delray’s ‘Let There Be Talk’ podcast, Metallica lead guitarist Kirk Hammett has made a bold confession about the Napster case.
Napster was an online music service that hit the market in 1999 and smashed the world for three years.
In the conversation, Kirk Hammett admitted that Metallica couldn’t make any differences about this incident and the case was so much bigger than Metallica.
Here is what Kirk Hammet said:
“The amazing thing now is back then, people were saying, ’20 years from now, we’re gonna look back and say, ‘Goddamn it! We did the right thing. But when people were saying back then we were actually gonna make a difference? We didn’t make a difference. We did not make a difference. It happened. And we couldn’t stop it, because it was just bigger than any of us…
This trend that happened that fucking sunk the fucking music industry. There was no way that we could stop it. It was a perfectly human thing that just happened. And what had happened was all of a sudden, it was just more convenient to get music and it was less convenient to pay for it. And there you have it.”
Kirk Hammett continued:
“For me, it was kind of a leveling factor, all of a sudden, all of us were brought back to the minstrel age now where musicians’ only source of income is actually playing. And it’s like that nowadays… Except that a lot of these bands aren’t really playing; they’re pressing ‘play’ or something. But there are a lot of bands who actually fucking play their instruments and have to play to still be a band and still fucking survive.
And that’s cool, because it really separates who wants to do this and who is just here for the fucking pose. … You’ll see who’s passionate about it and who’s really into it for the art of it, and then you’ll see who’s not so passionate about it and into the commerce of it.”
You can listen to the full conversation below.