It’s becoming extremely difficult for musicians to make a living these days —even successful and award-winning bands like Mastodon.
Mastodon’s guitarist, Bill Kelliher, recently gave an interview on the music podcast “Let There Be Talk,” where he explained how streaming services are killing music as we know it. And potentially putting promising bands out of business.
Kelliher puts a lot of blame on popular music streaming services such as Apple Music and Spotify, who pay artists way too little money. In Kelliher’s estimation, if this doesn’t change, a number of ‘successful’ artists and bands will have to leave the business.
Perhaps most shockingly, Kelliher further says that bands like his can no longer afford to make records.