Julian Casablancas Of The Strokes Calls Streaming Services 'A Waste Of Time'
In an interview with Billboard, Julian Casablancas, frontman for The Strokes and Voidz was very open about his frustrations with music streaming services. He called them "a waste of time" and said he doesn’t use Spotify. He stated, "They're the new MTV, the new gatekeepers, so labels make deals with them to basically… they're all just ripping everyone off. "
He continued about record labels he said, "I don't think labels have a clear identity right now. I'm not there on the forefront trying to figure out how to exploit and make money. I'm more interested in doing something like the Grateful Dead did: Go town to town, be friends with the cool radio stations, play the cool venues, make relationships with cool promoters. You can have your online existence, but trying to suck on Spotify's sweet sweetness is just a waste of time for me."
He added, "If you want to hear music in a simple way, it's $10 a month, I get it. You're not gonna buy songs on iTunes, I understand that... It's gone so backwards. The whole process of music is so stupidly complicated right now, for all the technology."
Casablanca will tour with The Strokes next month - beginning with a show in Los Angeles on May 13.