Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie: Streaming services have 'destroyed' the music industry

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 March 2016
Bobby Gillespie

Bobby Gillespie

Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie thinks streaming services such as Spotify have "destroyed" the music industry

Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie believes streaming services have "destroyed" the music industry.

The 53-year-old musician thinks apps like Spotify has stopped fans from wanting to purchase records.

He said: "A guy here at the record company got me a Spotify account for free because I did a playlist for them.

"When the Savages album came out and I didn't have a chance to get to the record store, I listened to the first half on there and then a couple of weeks later, I went and bought the album. But the digital thing has destroyed music."

The 'Where The Light Gets In' hitmaker's teenage son streams music too but Bobby doesn't blame him as it's "just the culture they were born into".

He added: "He streams [music] but he also watches YouTube. He loves music but he wouldn't buy it. It's just the culture they were born into.

"You can't turn it back but as an artist, I have to try and express myself and the best way to do that is to make albums."

And Bobby claims he isn't able to earn much money "from my hard work and my art anymore".

He told BBC News: "It's impossible to earn a living from making records unless you're Adele.

"At the level we're at and a lot of other people are at, you've just got to get out and play lots of gigs, but it means the gig circuit is choc-a-block."