Give it away and then play live, says Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters

Thanks to a retweet from Greg Spawton, I found out about this news story: Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters (who have an excellent new album out) is not up in arms like Taylor Swift over Spotify and people listening to free music, but thinks instead that musicians should just get their music out there in any way possible and thereby entice people to live shows, which is the best way, he says, to get them excited and turned on to your music and eventually turned into buyers. Here’s the argument:

Grohl … encouraged artists to channel more effort into their live shows like they did “when [he] was young”, instead of worrying so much about the “delivery” and “technology” of music.

“You want people to f**king listen to your music? Give them your music and then go play a show,” he said. “They like hearing your music? They’ll go see a show.

“To me it’s that simple and I think it used to work that way. The delivery was completely face to face personal. That’s what got people really excited about s**t.”

And if you missed it, here’s some great parody journalism that makes fun of Taylor Swift’s newest video (and her larger ambitions as well): How Taylor Swift’s Blank Space video redefines music, politics and everything else ever: Last week, Taylor Swift redefined the entertainment industry by withdrawing from Spotify. This week she’s released a new video and literally changed the world for ever by smashing every paradigm.

One thought on “Give it away and then play live, says Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters

  1. LOVE his reply in this!!! So TRUE!!! That’s like BUYING an expensive car JUST by “reading” about it,HOPING it “delivers” the kind of performance your HOPING for!!! For PETE-SAKE,”TEST-DRIVE” the music FIRST,by going to see a “live” show!!! If it ROCKS,THEN buy the album!!! Well-said Dave!!!

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