ERIC EARLEY | Blitzen Trapper
It’s had a positive influence on our fan base. It’s had a negative influence on record sales, of course(laughs). That’s for everybody, I guess. It’s great for live shows though, you know? You go out on tour and everybody already knows all the words.
RYAN KATTNER | Mister Heavenly
I guess it’s positive because people find out about our music, but at the same time it keeps a lot of artists struggling, barely getting by. It gets to the point where you’re like, “I’ve worked really hard for it.” Concert revenues are always a justification, I think being on the road and making money gives them a way to justify it.
My office has a water cooler. It’s never gonna put Evian out of business.
Sorta seems like taking a stance on the ocean. Or a stance on the wind. If my music brings joy or inspiration to someone I could care less how it gets there. I don’t own it anymore than they do.
JONATHAN PIERCE | The Drums
I don’t personally search for illegal downloads. If there’s a free MP3 somewhere, you know, I’ll just download it. I really just don’t care either way. I feel like it’s kind of exciting in a way. There’s a part of me that’s always hated any sort of authority. I grew up in a very strict upbringing, rules were everything. Anything that has that sort of ‘spirit of rebellion’, I have a soft spot for. It’s too early for anyone to tell if it’s a bad thing for the music industry. It’s nice that kids can listen to music, and that kids without money can listen to music.
NATE WILLETT | Cold War Kids
I could try to sum it up with this. I was looking on twitter the other day and a guy said “Hey, I’m dying to hear some more Cold war kids music. when are you guys gonna put something out?” and looking at it through that lens, bands very typically release a record every year and a half or so and everybody’s looking for more ways to put music out. For us it’s challenging and exciting to think in terms that “C’mon man, we just put an album out nine months ago, what do you expect?” but really for our band we could have a much greater output than we have. It kind of comes back to the internet as a solution to that. We’re really going to be challenging ourselves to make more music, find more places to put it and to be a creative band first and not a touring band first.
JACK ANTONOFF | Fun
Our band is of the generation where we’re not really angry about it because we were a part of it all. None of us in Fun really had any significant success before the internet was this prominent. So there isn’t an ability, or feeling that we’re getting robbed. If anything it’s been instrumental in everything we’ve done. It’s this elegant thing. At the same time, we grew up in the 90’s and that’s when we started getting into music. That was an amazing time, there was so much mystery in music. It’s nice to make music and put it out there and have that be that. There wasn’t YouTube and things like that, so when Billie Joe [Armstrong, of Green Day] got naked at a show in 1994, it became a legend that you just heard about. You couldn’t just look at the video the next day. There is that element of mystery in music and art that is lost, so in any way that we can hold on to that, we’re still trying to. I think the only way to do that nowadays is not too grotesquely post every last feeling or irrelevant piece of content on your website or Facebook or whatnot. So it’s great to connect and use all those outlets to get our music out there, but I don’t think we’re really interested in having everyone feel like we’re all best friends.