Dave Grohl, frontman of the Foo Fighters, recently shared his opinion on the controversy surrounding the popular music streaming service, Spotify. Grohl’s comments are in response to artists like pop singer Taylor Swift, who’ve recently denounced Spotify and similar music streaming services, chalking them up to being “grand experiments” that she feels cheat artists of the money they deserve for their work. In an interview with Digital Spy, Grohl said, “Me personally? I don’t f–ing care. That’s just me, because I’m playing two nights at Wembley [in London] next summer. I want people to hear our music.”
He continues, “I don’t care if you pay $1 or f–ing $20 for it; just listen to the f–ing song. But I can understand how other people would object to that.” Grohl goes on to explain that he feels as though one of the hardest aspects of being a musician is getting your work heard. “You want people to f–ing listen to your music? Give them your music. And then go play a show,” he states. “ 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.”
Taylor Swift removed her entire collection of music from the service at the beginning of the month, and ever since representatives from her record label spoke out in defense of her decision, various artists have been weighing in on the topic. Most recently, country musician Jason Aldean moved Old Boots, New Dirt, his latest album, from Spotify as well.
Recently, Spotify’s founder, Daniel Ek, published a blog post refuting Swift’s claims that the service is an “experiment that [doesn’t] fairly compensate the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music.” According to Ek, the singer could be making a whopping $6 million dollars from the streaming service. Taylor Swift’s manager, Scott Borchetta, disagrees, however, claiming that Swift’s collection of music earned under half a million dollars through the service in the last year.
The Foo Fighter frontman wrapped up his comments on the music streaming debate by exploring the ways in which the way music gets heard by the masses has changed over the years. “Nowadays there’s so much focus on technology that it doesn’t really matter,” he says, after explaining that he and his bandmates were able to get their music heard by playing lots of concerts with “crappy” punk bands.