RNRU : The album was leaked onto the Internet in March, several weeks before the release date. What affect do you feel that has had upon sales, and what's your take on downloading?
NF : Well, you can try and stop it but you're not going to succeed. Of course, it's a lot harder to sell records these days because of it. I can't really point any fingers because I've done it myself to other artists. That would be pretty hypocritical for me to not want it both ways. At the end of the day, a band of our size...we're not making money selling records. We never have, and probably never will. What we do is make our money on tour selling t shirts. That's how we're able to continue what we do. So, if someone downloads a record and they like it so much that they actually decide they want to go check out the band live, then I think it's a positive thing. One of the good things about the Internet is that it kind of levels the playing field quite a bit. A band who 15 years ago, their only outlet would be to get a distribution deal, now they can put their music out on the Internet and have a worldwide distribution deal for free. It's not all golden, it does kind of make life more difficult to be lucrative, strictly financially speaking. But there's other ways to make up for that I think.
- Read the full interview, it's a good one
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