Yannis Philippakis from Mercury nominees Foals has put Spotify in a tough corner by slamming the “insulting pittance” paid out to musicians by the music streaming services, and claimed he would rather fans “stole the record on vinyl” than play it online.
“I’d rather somebody stole the record on vinyl than bought it or streamed it on Spotify,” Philippakis told Channel 4 News. “Because I think you should listen to music on vinyl, and I think basically anything’s better than that (Spotify).”
Describing the payouts as “an insulting pittance”, he added: “It’s like going to a restaurant when the chef and all the waiting staff have worked their asses off, and you leave coppers as a tip, and you don’t even pay the bill,” he said, adding, “That’s basically what Spotify’s like, I think.”
Yorke labelled the music streaming service “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse” after he and producer Nigel Godrich removed the Atoms For Peace album they made together from the service while Yorke’s solo album ‘The Eraser’ was also removed. Godrich went on to explain his position criticising the low royalty rates paid to artists — who he said received “f*ck all” from the service.
Foals are nominated for this year’s Mercury music prize for their album ‘Holy Fire’. Other nominees include Arctic Monkeys, Disclosure and David Bowie.
Spotify recently announced that its user base has reached 24 million, six million of whom are paying premium subscribers.