Ty Segall, who released his ninth full-length album in January, has explained why you won’t find the record on Spotify or Apple Music.
Most of Segall’s discography won’t be found on streaming websites and recently signed to Drag City, a label who completely refuse to stream any of their catalogue.
“With Spotify and all those streaming services you don’t get paid anything,” Segall told Esquire. “You have to be like Madonna or something to actually make a real royalty from that,” he added.
“You make better royalties off YouTube than Spotify. Apple Music is the same. The truth of the matter is I don’t have problem with any of those things if they paid better, I would do them. But they don’t, they totally rip off artists. So I don’t want to be a part of it. But YouTube and all that stuff, free music — totally cool, go for it.
“I’d rather have the music [be] free than get ripped off by Spotify, personally. It’s just funny to me I’ve heard people say, ‘I don’t have the money to buy your album, man. Why isn’t it on Spotify?’ And I want to just be like, ‘Here’s the album for free, dude. I don’t know.’”