Despite not being a music person, I read the whole article and I agree with >>770365
Most of this interview is saying that he does not care about the money as much as actually getting the music to the people that want to hear it. In fact he did a collaboration with somebody and put it up on a private server saying "You can download this music, and I just need one of two things: An email address, or 5 dollars that will be handed directly to the guy that helped make this album possible."
Of 30,000 downloads, only 20% of people actually paid for it. He did it as an experiment to see if people were being honest when they said that 'If artists made music people wanted, they would be willing to pay for it.'
He called their bluff. But even after that he never resented the fans. He says specifically, "That seems odd to me. That I'm supposed to hate people that want to hear my music so bad they will steal it." He doesn't actually dislike people pirating music at all, he just knows that a lot of heart and soul goes into making it, and when people don't give anything back to support the people that make it, it feels like they don't actually care about the art.
He uses a subscription service because he doesn't want to be that asshole that sues a 14 year old for downloading his album, but he also knows the 'honor system' is bullshit. So a subscription based streaming service is pretty much the middle ground of the two. He admits it's not perfect, but it's what they have to work with right now.
Read the whole article.
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