Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold: ‘Music has no inherent cash value’

Singer reiterates support for illegal downloading

Fleet Foxes‘s frontman Robin Pecknold has once again voiced his support for illegal downloading – and argued that music “has no inherent value”.

The singer told the Sunday Times that file-sharing was crucial to the success of his band’s 2008 self-titled debut album – and he continues to support such activity as the band prepare to release follow-up ‘Helplessness Blues’ later this year.

“How much money does one person need before it’s just a number and I can buy whatever I want – and just be like a big baby?” he commented.

Pecknold has previously told BBC News that illegal downloading allows today’s musicians to hear a wider range of music than previous generations.

“That will only make music richer as a platform,” he said. “That [downloading] was how I discovered almost everything when I was a teenager – my dad brought home a modem.”

Meanwhile, Pecknold has told NME that ‘Helplessness Blues’ was inspired by the nicotine patches he wore during recording sessions.

Read the full interview with the singer in this week’s issue of NME, which is in shops and available digitally now.