Death Cab Frontman Ben Gibbard Says Tidal will “Fail Miserably”

GIbbard continues to stand up for indie artists

Following Marcus Mumford’s heated opinion about the “Plutocracy” of Jay Z’s millionaire (and billionaire) -endorsed streaming service Tidal, Death Cab for Cutie frontman is adding fuel to the fire.

In a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Gibbard expressed how he would have handled the introduction to the “music revolution” that is Tidal:

“If I had been Jay Z, I would have brought out 10 artists that were underground or independent and said, ‘These are the people who are struggling to make a living in today’s music industry…I think they totally blew it by bringing out a bunch of millionaires and billionaires and propping them up onstage and then having them all complain about not being paid.”

He continues…

“There was a wonderful opportunity squandered to highlight what this service would mean for artists who are struggling and to make a plea to people’s hearts and pocketbooks to pay a little more for this service that was going to pay these artists a more reasonable streaming rate. And they didn’t do it. That’s why this thing is going to fail miserably.”

You go Ben!

Have you heard the new album Kintsugi yet? Ben and Bookie will take you through it track-by-track below:

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