Kevin Parker says he doesn’t mind Tame Impala fans downloading his music illegally

Australian frontman just wants fans to connect to the music he releases

Kevin Parker of Tame Impala has said that he does not worry about fans downloading his music illegally, admitting that if people connect with his music then he is happy whether they paid for it or not.

Parker, who released third Tame Impala album ‘Currents’ earlier this year, appeared as a guest on Mary Anne Hobbes 6 Music show today (September 20) and was asked for his thoughts on whether music should be free or not.

While saying that he did not believe music should be free, Parker did admit that he does not care about charging money for music and said that he doesn’t think it is worth wasting energy trying to stop people doing something they will continue to regardless. He also called for fans to not “rag” on bands who sell their music to companies for adverts as an alternate means of earning money in return.

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“There are some CDs I saved up for months to buy when I was doing a paper round, I’d literally spend two months saving up to buy a CD,” Parker said when talking about his early experience of buying music. “But then later in life my friend would burn me a CD that he’d downloaded illegally and it was just as much of a powerful experience, even though the sound quality was kind of crappy.”

He continued: “For me that shows that it’s not really how much you pay for it or even whether or not it’s physical, it can still have an effect on you. I’m not sure what that says about artists making money in the future. Obviously artists need to make money but I also believe that if you do something good the wealth will find you some way.

“If music was free I think it changes the experience but it doesn’t necessarily cheapen it. It doesn’t make it any less profound.

“I used to download music illegally, everyone has. Nobody is innocent. If someone says ‘I love your album but I downloaded it for free’ then good! I don’t want his 20 bucks.”

Listen to Parker’s interview below:

Tame Impala recently added a second London gig to their 2016 UK live schedule.

The Australian band announced details of their two biggest UK shows to date recently and tickets for the first London show at Alexandra Palace (February 12) sold out within hours of going on sale.

Tickets for the newly confirmed show are on sale now.

The band’s Manchester date will take place at Manchester Arena on February 11. Tame Impala play the following live dates:

Manchester Arena (February 11, 2016)
London Alexandra Palace (12-13)

The band recently concluded a short UK tour, appearing in Glasgow, Liverpool and at Bestival in the Isle Of Wight on Thursday (September 10).