Spotify isn’t the future, according to Radiohead and Atoms for Peace musician Thom Yorke. Rather, it’s the end of the past.
Here’s what Yorke recently told Mexican site Sopitas.com, in an extensive interview.
What we’re experiencing is the last gasp of the old music industry, which will eventually die and become something else.
When we did In Rainbows, the most exciting part was the idea that we could have a direct connection between ourselves and the audience. Now, all these damn people have gotten involved, like Spotify, who are trying to be gatekeepers in this whole process. But we don’t need them to do that.
In fact, no artist needs it, we can do all that sh*t ourselves.
So yes, I feel that Spotify is damaging, and this is about the future of all music and whether we believe that there is any future for music. Same with the movies and books.
Spotify thinks they can gather all the music, give away all the old catalogs and not die in the process.
For me, that isn’t’ the mainstream or the future; it represents the end of the current system.