Cradle Of Filth’s Dani Filth: “Spotify are the biggest criminals in the world…we had 26 million plays last year and I got about 20 pounds”

Dani Filth has expressed his concerns over the music industry’s consumer culture and how it’s now become an extremely “hard time” for musicians to earn a living.

The Cradle Of Filth frontman discussed his thoughts while in conversation with Sakis Fragos of Rock Hard Greece, noting how the music business has changed to cater to the consumer’s preference of having easy access to music, rather than purchasing material.

Speaking of the state of the industry from a musician’s standpoint, he says (as transcribed by Blabbermouth): “It’s been deteriorating ever since… I think 2006 was the year that everything swapped from being comfortable for musicians — well, not necessarily comfortable; it was never comfortable.

“But [it went to] just being a lot harder with the onset of the digital age, the onset of music streaming platforms that don’t pay anybody. Like Spotify are the biggest criminals in the world. I think we had 25, 26 million plays last year, and I think personally I got about 20 pounds, which is less than an hourly work rate.”

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