Last month, pop artist Grimes described the music industry as “trash.” Now, Grizzly Bear‘s Ed Droste has some fire of his own to spit. In an Instagram story posted to his personal account last night, Droste declared it “fucked,” then proceeded to lament the lack of value put on a musician’s live show.
The band kicked off a tour of Australia and New Zealand in support of last year’s Painted Ruins this past weekend, but, according to Droste, “despite huge crowds down under we are basically losing money.”
He continued: “People always ask: Why aren’t you coming to ‘Perth’, ‘Singapore’, ‘Quito’….And I’m trying to explain there is no value put on live music anymore. We feel it’s important to bring with us the fullest show we can with all the live instruments and a good light show. But now, when you cut out record sales and we haven’t had a car commercial in ages, we literally lose money.”
Droste said that all “mid tier or lower” bands are dealing with the same issues, blaming the “dying industry” for only throwing its weight behind a handful of pop stars. “Enjoy it while it lasts,” he added, noting that he believes we’re on the verge of “a live music drought.” Lacking that, it’s probably not crazy to expect a lot less fireworks onstage for anyone who’s not a bonafide hitmaker.
Regardless, Grizzly Bear has a robust, festival-heavy tour schedule lined up for 2018. This includes a co-headlining tour with Spoon that’s set to kick off in June. Pairing up with another established act, one imagines, should help mitigate what are no doubt astronomical costs.
Read Droste’s full statement below, followed by the band’s touring itinerary for the year.
Just found out despite huge crowds down under we are basically losing money.
People always ask: Why aren’t you coming to “Perth”, “Singapore”, “Quito”….And I’m trying to explain there is no value put on live music anymore. We feel it’s important to bring with us the fullest show we can with all the live instruments and a good light show. But now, when you cut out record sales and we haven’t had a car commercial in ages, we literally lose money.
So yeah the evolution of the music industry is in my opinion destroying bands that play music that are mid tier or lower. Nobody cherishes or puts any value into the craft that goes into songwriting, or studying music! Yes pop stars write hits. Yay! They also get branding deals, and corp gigs…But when you are dealing with a dying industry and you actually care about a real live show and you aren’t a star, there’s not much you can do.
I could go on forever but I won’t. Enjoy it while it lasts. I think we are about to enter a live music drought…TBD.
Grizzly Bear 2018 Tour Dates:
03/06-07 – Adelaide, AU @ Adelaide Festival
03/09 – Parkville, AU @ Melbourne Zoo
03/10 – Bridport, AU @ A Festival Called Panama
03/11 – Meredith, AU @ Golden Plains Festival
03/12 – Sydney, AU @ Sydney Opera House
03/14 – Brisbane, AU @ Queensland Performing Arts Centre
03/24 – Houston, TX @ In Bloom Music Festival
05/25 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
05/31 – Kvaerndrup, DK @ Heartland Festival
06/02 – Dublin, IE @ Royal Hospital Kilmainham
06/03 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/04 – Dublin, IE @ Forbidden Fruit Festival
06/07 – Porto, PT @ NOS Primavera Sound
06/16 – North Adams, MA @ Hunter Center (MASS MoCA)
06/18 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion ^
06/19 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre ^
06/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Celebrate Brooklyn ^
06/22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE ^
06/25 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion ^
06/26 – Columbia, MO @ 9th Street Summerfest ^
06/28 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s ^
06/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Surly Brewery ^
08/01 – Diepholz, DE @ Appletree Garden Festival
08/08 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival
08/09 – Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West Festival
08/10 – Helsinki, FI @ Flow Festival
08/13 – Prague, CZ @ Roxy
08/14 – Zurich, CH @ Kaufleuten
08/16 – Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Music Festival
08/17 – Saint Malo, FR @ La Route Du Rock Festival
08/18-19 – Biddinghuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival
09/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
^ = w/ Spoon