Ben Gibbard says he doesn't think bands can make money from online streaming
Gibbard was among the first artists to criticise Tidal when it launched earlier this year and maintained a similar stance when quizzed about Apple Music by NME.
“It seems like the model for every streaming service that exists at the moment is based upon building a monopoly,” Gibbard said. “[Streaming services are saying] when people start using our service, that’s when artists will see real money, but that’s just not how it’s going to happen.”
The frontman continued, saying: “They’re all the same, their platforms differ, but in essence I don’t see much of a difference between any of them at this point. A lot of these platforms make the claim of being artist-friendly, but I don’t know any kind of small struggling acts that have been approached by Spotify or Apple or Tidal about how they could make their platform better for artists who are not billionaires, who are not millionaires.”
Speaking about the future of the music industry, Gibbard painted a bleak picture: “There will continue to be multiple streaming services that people have become entrenched with because that’s the format that they know. Maybe I’m cynical but I just don’t think that one streaming service is going to put all the others out of business.”
Watch Death Cab For Cutie discuss music streaming, Apple Music and Tidal in the video below: