Foals’ Yannis Philippakis: ‘Kanye West is not the greatest living rock star’

Singer also says it's important that people don't make music through 'The X Factor'

Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis has said Kanye West is not the “greatest living rock star”, following the rapper’s recent comments at Glastonbury.

However, the singer did admit that he’s a big fan of Kanye. “I do like him,” he told Digital Spy. I don’t think he’s the greatest living rock star, but I don’t know who is, so maybe he could be. He’s definitely a damn sight more exciting than a lot of people.”

It comes after the rapper made the comments near the end of his set at Glastonbury.

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Meanwhile, Philippakis also said that people shouldn’t try to make music through The X Factor. He added: “I’m probably a bit out of touch with that kind of thing. It’s important that people don’t make music through that channel. If that becomes the only channel with which younger people view their access to music, that would be a shame.

“But I don’t think that’s happening at all. There’s a certain type of person that’s attracted to going on The X Factor, and there’s always going to be other people who view that with suspicion and derision, and do the opposite. Whether they pick up a guitar or lose their minds in Ableton for a decade, I don’t have a preference about what they do.”

Earlier this week the band branded the decision to ban Tyler, The Creator from the UK “stupid” after learning that he was prevented from playing this year’s Reading And Leeds Festival, in a video you can watch above.