Ty Segall on Streaming: “Spotify and Apple rip off artists.”


Not averse to giving music away for free, but isn’t eager to let Spotify rake in the dough. Above photo by John Boydston.

By Blurt Staff

Ty Segall is in the news again, this time coming out against digital streaming – for the record, BLURT is both pro-streaming (that’s often how we get tipped off to new music, and numerous record labels manage to slash their marketing and promotion budgets by only providing digital streaming promos) and pro-physical (our sister business, Schoolkids Records, is a brick-and-mortar record store selling CDs and LPs, so we have a vested interest in seeing physical releases for music). Recall just a few years ago when it was a big deal that his new album was streaming online. But as Stereogum points out, Segall is a Drag City artist, and Drag City is devoutly anti-streaming.

Segall said in an interview with Esquire, “With Spotify and all those streaming services you don’t get paid anything. You have to be like Madonna or something to actually make a real royalty from that. You make better royalties off YouTube than Spotify. Apple Music is the same. The truth of the matter is I don’t have problem with any of those things if they paid better, I would do them. But they don’t, they totally rip off artists. So I don’t want to be a part of it. But YouTube and all that stuff, free music — totally cool, go for it. I’d rather have the music [be] free than get ripped off by Spotify, personally. It’s just funny to me I’ve heard people say, ‘I don’t have the money to buy your album, man. Why isn’t it on Spotify?’ And I want to just be like, ‘Here’s the album for free, dude. I don’t know.’”

Go HERE to read our recent review of Segall’s latest album, Ty Segall, reviewed by Jennifer Kelly. (What does it sound like? We don’t know! But Kelly digs it, so we’ll just have to take her word for it.)



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