Julian Casablancas has criticised iTunes while stating that he hopes that future albums by The Strokes will be released on his own label, Cult Records.
The Strokes ended their relationship with RCA Records following the release of ‘Comedown Machine’ in 2013. Speaking to Huck, Casablancas confirms that he aims to release new music from the band through Cult, home to Karen O, Cerebral Ballzy and Casablancas’ new band The Voidz (pictured right).
Speaking about the motivation behind starting his own label, Casablancas said that it offers him a chance to take a more hands on approach to the release of his own music. “I think to work on music, on art, on the delivery – and then at the last second to just give it to someone who totally doesn’t understand what you’re doing – in the past that’s been a bummer. With Cult, for one thing, the record price can be cheap. That’s been a problem before. Also, people would show me awesome bands, or songs. Now if someone asks me for advice, I say, ‘Sure, if you want to put it out we can do this thing’. It was just a chance to figure out how to put out records our own way.”
Later in the same interview, Casablancas revealed his dislike of iTunes, which he feels “buries” releases by some artists. “It’s the hope to have an outlet. It’s about trying to make every album , every song, the level of quality people can trust in. And to be a source for tastemakers. Like, every era has their TV, or iTunes. iTunes is such a negative force on music. So we’re just trying to counter that.”
The singer, who sells all of his music through iTunes, added: “People just go to iTunes to see what the new records are. And the best records are not there – they’re buried. So people think, ‘Oh it doesn’t exist.’ But they just don’t know about it.”
Casablancas recently revealed that he takes little pleasure from playing tracks from The Strokes‘ back-catalogue live. The frontman said that while it’s “still fun to see people react” to the old material live, he doesn’t “feel anything from it” emotionally.
Despite this, the singer did recently confirm that The Strokes will record new material early next year. They have also been confirmed as headliners for Primavera 2015.
The Strokes’ next album will be their sixth full-length LP.