Friday, 5 September 2008

The Music Frontman, Rob Harvey Slams Download Culture

The Music singer Rob Harvey admits that he feels let down by the digital revolution. Harvey claims music has become too disposable due to the rise in downloads and the fall in record sales.

Speaking to BBC News Harvey said: "Songs have just become an accessory now, they're not something to believe in anymore and they can't change lives like they used too."

The frontman also criticised big bands for giving away free downloads and not helping unsigned acts, saying "I think it's becoming increasingly more difficult for unsigned bands to do anything and I find it bizarre that bands who give music away act like saviours when they could quite easily be helping smaller bands on the label who can't afford to even tour."

He stated "I just feel there is less investment in real music now."

Bands such as Coldplay and Keane allowed fans to download singles for free. Other bands have made albums available for nothing such as the Charlatans, Prince and Nine Inch Nails.

"Music is throwaway now and you can just get hold of a song by pushing a button," he said.

The Music are to release new single, Drugs, taken from Strength In Numbers album, on the 13th October. The band are also due to start a 6 date tour of the UK in October.

Tour dates are as follows:

22nd Iron Works, Inverness
23rd Kinema, Dunfermline
25th Fat Sam’s, Dundee
26th Moshulu, Aberdeen
27th Picture House, Edinburgh
29th Roundhouse, London

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