After Taylor Swift and others removed their music from Spotify — the streaming service doesn’t generate the kind of revenue they feel their music warrants — Digital Spy asked Dave Grohl his opinion.
In true Dave fashion, he gave a no-BS answer:
Me personally? I don’t fucking care. […] I want people to hear our music. I don’t care if you pay $1 or f*cking $20 for it; just listen to the f*cking song. But I can understand how other people would object to that.
You want people to f*cking listen to your music? Give them your music. And then go play a show. They like hearing your music? They’ll go see a show. To me it’s that simple, and I think it used to work that way.
When we were young and in really noisy, crappy punk rock bands there was no career opportunity and we loved doing it and people loved f**king watching it and the delivery was completely face to face personal.
That’s what got people really excited about s**t. Nowadays there’s so much focus on technology that it doesn’t really matter.
That attitude is working out well for him. In a recent interview with Esquire, Dave explained his life philosophy:
When Kurt died, I had this whole new outlook at life, that we’re all so lucky to be here. […] So the short time that you’re here? You just have to kick ass the whole time and not look back. That’s basically what I try to do. I’m not ready to stop, but if it all ended today, I’d be the happiest person in the world.