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Anthrax's Scott Ian Unleashes On Spotify

09/23/2015
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Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian was the featured guest on the latest episode of The Jasta Show where he covered a lot of topics including the sad state of music festivals this year and he shared his very strong negative feels about the Spotify music streaming service.

Here is that segment of the interview: "I don't have Spotify. I don't stream. I don't do any of that. So I'm ignorant to that. That's a good question that I'll ask my manager. Like, all our old Island catalog, is 'Among The Living' on Spotify? I have no idea. If it is, I'm sure we're not making any off it. Even if we had the best deal in the world, we still wouldn't be seeing any money from Spotify. That's why when I hear musicians use Spotify, I'm, like, 'Really? You're supporting a company that's ripping you off.' That's amazing. 'Yeah, but it's so easy to just have your music.' I'm, like, 'It's really easy to have my music without Spotify.' I just never got that. You know this company is f***ing you, yet you are still okay with using it. That's weird to me."

"The thing is, I get it, I get it. It's how a lot of people on the planet get their music now, and I'm not against that. I wouldn't say, 'Don't put our records on there,' because I understand it now. It's, like, great, that's how you're getting our music, and then maybe you're gonna go buy a ticket next time we come through. So I get that; I totally get it.

"On the other side of that, I'm still the guy who… I came from the era where you could actually have a platinum album. How many records went platinum in America last year? That's a f***ing joke. So take your streaming and shove it up you're a**, is really how I truly feel about it. But that doesn't mean I'm gonna be a caveman and say, 'We're not streaming.' I want our music to get out there. I want as many people to get exposed to it as possible." Stream the full episode here.

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