Breaking News "Why are Placebo finally streaming their music?", Apr'15


Placebo frontman Brian Molko has explained why the band are marking their 20th anniversary by finally allowing their back catalogue onto streaming services.

So far, the group had resisted making their music available on sites like Spotify and Deezer, but now they have decided to give it a go.

Brian said: “We had resisted before, but decided to give it a try. I sincerely believe there is some work to be done regarding renumeration, serious work, but on the other side, one has to ask oneself, do you remain a Luddite, and do you dictate to people how they consume your music, or do you join in?

“We had a lot of mixed feelings, particularly concerning the money, if I’m honest, but it’s easier with a band like us with a back catalogue, that has sold lots of records, than for a new band trying to eke out a living solely on streaming.”

However, he admitted he still felt uneasy about the sound quality on some sites: “No matter what anyone says, MP3s just don’t cut it. They sound like cassettes to my ears, and MP3s work by cutting out low and high frequencies, so the file size is suitably small enough – the idea being that the human ear can’t hear those frequencies, so no one misses them.

“But you do – the body can feel those notes. Listening to music is a physical experience, and that’s the problem with MP3s.”

Talking about Placebo’s 20-year success, he said: “I feel very grateful to be in this position after 20 years, and to still have an audience, and an audience that cares, shows up at gigs and is interested in what we’re doing. They’re my true feelings about it, more than any feelings I have about time that’s gone by.

“We’re incredibly privileged. Being in a band is also what I’ve done for my entire adult life. I can’t drive, so I couldn’t drive a cab, I refuse to tend a bar, my computer skills are quite shoddy, so I’m kind of stuck for anything else to do. We have to keep going.

“There’s a lot to be said for putting all your eggs in one basket, determination and just refusing to go away. And in our case, our refusal to go away has got a lot to do with the fact that we don’t know what else to do.”

Placebo’s back catalogue is now available on streaming services including Spotify and Deezer. Their latest album, Loud Like Love, is out now.

Source: breakingnews