KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Singer: Illegal Music Downloading Hurts The Smaller Bands

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE vocalist Howard Jones was recently asked by Holland's Roar E-Zine for his opinion on the record industry's use of copy-protection technology to keep advance CDs from being mass-duplicated before their official release. "It's kind of a necessary evil," he replied. "On one hand, they [the record labels] definitely want to keep the album from being stolen and getting put on the Internet long before it’s supposed to be released to the public. But at the same time, when an album is out there, it's a good way to get the music out. The thing is, what most people don't do, they'll get a song or two, listen to it and go buy the album. Most people won't do that. Obviously some do but…actually I don't know, there are definitely those who'll download the whole thing and won't support the band. It's usually because of the misconceived notion that bands like us are filthy rich and that we're making so much money off of every CD. But it just doesn't happen that way. When the CD is just taken and they just keep downloading it and don’t buy it, it just really hurts the band. Okay, if you're a METALLICA and even though they made a big thing about it, it really doesn't hurt them as badly as it hurts the smaller bands. Maybe when Napster was at full force it hurt them, but now it definitely doesn't hurt them as badly. Where a band like us…that could definitely hurt us. Because we don't sell millions."

Read Roar E-Zine's "double interview" with Jones and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE guitarist Adam D. at this location.

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