Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has come out as saying he hates the internet because it’s killing music. No, we’re not talking about internet piracy, a subject previously reported by The Inquisitr.
What David Byrne is actually talking about is the fact that paid services such as music streamers Pandora and Spotify actually pay very little toward the artists they feature on their service, and it’s making it so that only the biggest stars actually have a chance to make it big.
Perhaps Talking Heads frontman David Byrne hasn’t heard of a certain young singer by the name of Justin Bieber, who literally got his career started as a YouTube star, much like Tay Zonday and Rebecca Black. All of them started with nothing but a YouTube channel, and now almost anyone who’s a YouTube regular knows who they are without a second thought.
And one of those YouTube upstarts is now a major celebrity. And you may ask yourself, how did he get there?
Talking Heads frontman hates the Internet, says it’s ruining music http://t.co/xFj4PktDUO
— msnNOW (@msnNOW) October 12, 2013
Talking Heads frontman David Byrne recently said:
“In future, if artists have to rely almost exclusively on the income from these services, they’ll be out of work within a year. Some of us have other sources of income, such as live concerts … But up-and-coming artists don’t have that advantage – some haven’t got to the point where they can make a living on live performances and licensing, so what do they think of these services?”
Some of us remember a different band that blamed the internet for their lack of sales, though in their case they later killed their own career by giving fans a serious mind job wondering what they were thinking.
Yes, that band is Metallica, and for a while there it seemed like they completely forgot who their fans were as they tried everything from Folk to Country, and even butchered symphony orchestra covers of some of their biggest songs. It wasn’t the internet that killed their music, they did it all by themselves.
I’m a huge Talking Heads fan and I love David Byrne but I do wish he’d stop making sweeping, damning statements about creativity today
— George Bourgeois (@GeorgeBourgeois) October 11, 2013
David Byrne adds that nobody will buy the song when the free version is right in front of you.
What do you think? Do you agree with Talking Heads frontman David Byrne in his statement that the internet is killing music?