Morrissey Calls Crowdfunding "Desperate" and "Insulting"
Published Apr 28, 2015From Vancouver punk legends to some kid hoping to press his iPhone demo recordings onto a 180-gram double vinyl gatefold release, everyone's using crowdfunding to put out their music. One person who won't be reaching for that method, however, is mope pop legend Morrissey, who had plenty to say about the practice in a new interview.
Speaking with the Spanish language paper El País, Moz had some harsh words for people using methods like Kickstarter and Indiegogo to fund their music. "It is a desperate measure, and insulting to your audience," he said. "We have already provided sufficient amounts of money. What is the next thing you're going to ask? What brush our teeth?"
Though he refuses to go the digital panhandling route, the artist is currently without a label for his World Peace Is None of Your Business LP, which was pulled from shelves after he had a falling-out with Harvest Records.
"I recently contacted some record [labels] and all have rejected me," he said in the interview. "Pop music lives in the era of marketing and just leads to people with very low levels of competition, it is much easier to get rid of them once six months have evaporated fame."
Morrissey added that his only option is to stay on the road, which he described as "very good and exciting."
"The only unpleasant part of this that whenever a concert is canceled the story captures attention; but if the concert took place, would hardly be mentioned," he added. "Many people enjoy writing negative things about me. Which is fine with me. Let them go if it makes them happy."
Morrissey's upcoming tour dates are available here. Watch the recent video for "Kiss Me a Lot" below.