Its been a remarkable year for Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis as the band overcame a sophomore slump to create Holy Fire which was nominated for a Mercury Award. Fans can stream the album on Spotify, which has recently celebrated its fifth year of operation and is currently at 24 million active users worldwide. But, Philippakis stated that he'd rather fans "stole the record on vinyl than bought it or streamed it on Spotify. Because I think you should listen to music on vinyl, and I think basically anything's better than that (Spotify)."
Despite Spotify's popularity with the public, artists receive paltry compensation or an "insulting pittance" according to Philippakis, for allowing fans to listen to and stream albums.
"It's like going to a restaurant when the chef and all the waiting staff have worked their asses off, and you leave coppers as a tip, and you don't even pay the bill. That's basically what Spotify's like, I think." (channel 4)
Philippakis' statements are similar to that of Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke who referred to Spotify (more crudely) as 'the last desperate fart of a dying corpse.' Yorke recently removed his band's Atoms For Peace material from the streaming service.
Holy Fire is the second Mercury nomination for Foals following The Arctic Monkeys' AM and Disclosure's Settle. James Blake's Overgrown took home the prestigious award on October 30th.