Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke gets to the meat of matters in his latest published interview with Believer Magazine, it covers all kinds of bases, including inevitable discussion of digital music and the future of creativity in the digital age…
On file-sharing, Yorke says: “Right, and if you forget about the money issue for just a minute, if it’s possible to do that – because these are people’s livelihoods we’re talking about – and you look at it in terms of the most amazing broadcasting network ever built, then it’s completely different. In some ways, that’s the best way of looking at it. I mean, I don’t spend my fucking life downloading free MP3s, because I hate the websites. No one seems to know what they’re talking about. I’d much rather go to sites like Boomkat, where people know what they’re talking about.
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Thom Yorke reckons a lot of file-sharing is about access – people seek exposure to the thoughts and music that isn’t presented by the mainstream, particularly subsequent to the death of the indie record stores. “It’s like radio,” Yorke said. This could be old, but it’s recently posted, so we thought we should mention it.