Yannis Philippakis is the latest in a long list of musicians to hit out at the music streaming service Spotify, saying he would rather people ‘stole vinyl than streamed music on the website’.
Spotify has come under huge scrutiny in the last few months, with artists including Thom Yorke, Biffy Clyro and more publicly announcing their disdain for the service. Spotify allows users to listen to a wide variety of music for free, unless they wish to pay a small price per month and get an advert free service. Since being launched in 2008, it has gone on to have more than 24 million active users, a number which is ever growing.
Speaking to Channel 4 News, Philippakis stated “”I’d rather somebody stole the record on vinyl than bought it or streamed it on Spotify. Because I think you should listen to music on vinyl, and I think basically anything’s better than that (Spotify).” He went on to criticise the “insulting pittance” that artists receive for their music, saying “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. That’s basically what Spotify’s like, I think.” This is another blow to Spotify, after Radiohead and Atoms For Peace frontman Yorke said that it was “the last desperate fart for a dying service”.