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Dave Grohl doesn’t “fucking care” about Spotify, advises bands to “go play a show”

on November 14, 2014, 10:38am

Photo by David Brendan Hall

This week, the controversy surrounding Spotify’s royalty payouts was reignited when Taylor Swift decided to pull her entire catalog off the streaming music service. Swift and her team said the decision was to protect the value of music after Spotify allegedly paid her a mere $500,000 for domestic streams in the last calendar year. (Spotify has countered saying they actually paid her $6 million.)

In recent years, a number of other artists including Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, David Byrne, and Pink Floyd have voiced similar criticism toward streaming music services such as Spotify, arguing they do not fairly compensate the songwriter. However, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl has a different take.

(Read: I’m a Pop Singer and Spotify Works for Me)

In a new interview with Digital Spy, Grohl suggested the exposure obtained through Spotify outweighed the monetary value — at least, for a band such as Foo Fighters. Grohl explained, “Me personally? I don’t fucking care. That’s just me, because I’m playing two nights at Wembley next summer. I want people to hear our music, I don’t care if you pay $1 or fucking $20 for it, just listen to the fucking song. But I can understand how other people would object to that.”

He continued: “You want people to fucking listen to your music? Give them your music. And then go play a show. They like hearing your music? They’ll go see a show. To me it’s that simple, and I think it used to work that way. When we were young and in really noisy, crappy punk rock bands there was no career opportunity and we loved doing it and people loved fucking watching it and the delivery was completely face to face and personal. That’s what got people really excited about shit. Nowadays there’s so much focus on technology that it doesn’t really matter.”

Watch Rock it Out! Blog’s video focusing on the battle between musicians and Spotify.

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