The list of artists who don’t much like Spotify — and, specifically, the streaming service’s practice of paying artists very little money — has lately grown to include distinguished types like Thom Yorke and David Byrne, and now it also includes the anthemic British skronk-rockers Foals. As Music Week reports, frontman Yannis Philippakis recently told Britain’s Channel 4:
“I’d rather somebody stole the record on vinyl than bought it or streamed it on Spotify. I think you should listen to music on vinyl and I think basically anything is better than [Spotify]. … It’s like going to a restaurant when the chef and all the waiting staff have worked their asses off, and you leave coppers as a tip, and you don’t even pay the bill. That’s basically what Spotify’s like, I think.”
Foals albums are still available on Spotify for now, but look for that to change.