For many artists, an early album leak is a catastrophe, a reason to go into panic mode over first week sales. But in a Reddit AMA yesterday (April 14), My Morning Jacket‘s Jim James gave a much more relaxed response to the issue.
When asked how he felt about MMJ’s new album The Waterfall leaking early, James points out that with music is so readily available for streaming, he’s happy to know fans still care enough to put the effort into getting it early — even if it is illegal. But being the reasonable guy he is, he also stresses that musicians need money to live, too, just like you and I.
Here’s what he had to say:
leaks are strange. i think they are unfair because sometimes they happen when perhaps the music is not ready to be heard. but perhaps it is ready to be heard? it is tough. the music industry is fucked because- you already get the album for free on streaming services…so you dont even have to buy it anymore! you dont even have to steal it anymore!!!! i guess i am flattered anyone wants to leak our album at all so in the grand scheme of things who fucking cares right? i mean shit people cant afford health insurance so phew jesus i mean shit is crazy!!! i do feel like if you really love a band you should support them in some way- go to a show. buy a record even if you already stream it/stole it. but in other ways it makes me happy that people with no money can now stream everything for free. that is pretty sweet because music is for everyone and music should be free and easy blowin in the breeze BUT BUT BUT it does cost a lot of money to make music and musicians are hard working people just like a plumber or an electrician you can download and steal(yet) the pipes you need for your toilet so you shouldnt steal from hard working musicians either who are also just trying to put food on the table and keep the lights on this is jim
My Morning Jacket’s new album The Waterfall drops May 4 via ATO Records/Capitol Records.