Following Thom Yorke’s recent anti-Spotify action, in which he and Atoms For Peace pulled their entire library from the streaming service, Machine Head’s Robb Flynn has made a strong stance against the move and spoken out about it.
The debate on whether or not to make their music available through such services remains heavy amongst musicians, particularly with Pandora, who artists such as David Crowley and Pink Floyd have spoken publicly of their unhappiness with.
Flynn, currently on tour with his band on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, is someone who sees Spotify as a helpful agent in getting his and other’s music out to the people. In a recent statement he explains why he’s a fan of the service:
…I was talking to a buddy out here on Mayhem the other day, and he was telling me about a band’s new record I should check out, and I was like “Oh yeah, thanks for the reminder, I’ll have to Spotify that,” and he gave me a little shit like “Oh man, you gotta go and ‘buy’ that shit,” and I was like, ” I AM buying it, I got Spotify Premium, they’re getting money off my stream and if I love it, I’ll most likely buy it on iTunes, but dude, I’m on tour, at an amphitheater in the middle of nowhere, when am I going to buy that shit at a store? That most likely doesn’t even carry said record?
That’s the beauty of Spotify. I can get music in an instant, no waiting, no trips to the store, literally within 30 seconds! For 10 bucks a month!! Shit, I spend 5 times that on fucking coffee which doesn’t do jack shit for me!!