ANTHRAX’s SCOTT IAN On SPOTIFY: ‘Take Your Streaming And Shove It Up Your Ass’
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian recently stopped by Hatebreed singer Jamey Jasta’s official podcast, “The Jasta Show”.
On the controversy surrounding this year’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival:
“We offered to be on [this year’s] Mayhem. We turned them down, ’cause the money was too low. We were, like, ‘No. That’s ridiculous.’ ‘Well, there’s no money.’ ‘Well, then, that’s not our problem.’ Why are we gonna go out and get paid less than we’re worth. That’s insane.”
“There’s so much competition for that real estate. That’s another reason we skipped festivals besides we need to finish our record. There really were no… Slipknot was out headlining shows, festivals… but it wasn’t like that festival season where you had Maiden and Metallica and whole bunch of real, real big, big things. It just seemed like there’s too many festivals and not enough bands to go around in 2015. That’s what it looked like to us over there. And we had been there seven years straight, or something like that. Our agent was, like, ‘Stay home and finish you record, because when you come back in ’16, you’ve been away and you’re on a cycle and it just makes sense.’ So that was the plan, and I think it was definitely the right thing to do.”
On whether ANTHRAX’s early material is available on streaming music services like Spotify and Pandora:
“I don’t have Spotify. I don’t stream. I don’t do any of that. So I’m ignorant to that. That’s a good question that I’ll ask my manager. Like, all our old Island catalog, is ‘Among The Living’ on Spotify? I have no idea. If it is, I’m sure we’re not making any off it. Even if we had the best deal in the world, we still wouldn’t be seeing any money from Spotify. That’s why when I hear musicians use Spotify, I’m, like, ‘Really? You’re supporting a company that’s ripping you off.’ That’s amazing. ‘Yeah, but it’s so easy to just have your music.’ I’m, like, ‘It’s really easy to have my music without Spotify.’ I just never got that. You know this company is fucking you, yet you are still okay with using it. That’s weird to me.”
“The thing is, I get it, I get it. It’s how a lot of people on the planet get their music now, and I’m not against that. I wouldn’t say, ‘Don’t put our records on there,’ because I understand it now. It’s, like, great, that’s how you’re getting our music, and then maybe you’re gonna go buy a ticket next time we come through. So I get that; I totally get it. On the other side of that, I’m still the guy who… I came from the era where you could actually have a platinum album. How many records went platinum in America last year? That’s a fucking joke. So take your streaming and shove it up your ass, is really how I truly feel about it. But that doesn’t mean I’m gonna be a caveman and say, ‘We’re not streaming.’ I want our music to get out there. I want as many people to get exposed to it as possible.”
Anthrax has completed work on the follow-up to 2011’s “Worship Music” and are eye’ing an early 2016 release.
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