David Crosby gives advice to young creatives: “Don’t become a musician”

David Crosby sent a clear message to young creatives, saying “don’t become a musician”.

In a new interview with stereogum, Crosby was asked what message he would give to new music creators. He replied, “Don’t become a musician.

The reason he gave was largely due to streaming royalties.

He continued, “I don’t like Spotify. I don’t like any of the streamers because they don’t pay us properly. Their proportion is wrong. They earn billions with a “b” and they pay pennies with a “p”.

“It’s not OK. It’s not OK in the sense that it’s taken away half of my income, and it’s not OK in the sense, especially, that it’s incredibly difficult for young people to succeed in the business. It does nothing for them. It’s wrong.”

He said it was “crappy” to offer such advice, but in today’s streaming climate, he felt there was little more advice he could give.

David Croby. CREDIT: Scott Dudelson/Getty Images.

“You know how shitty it is for me to say that?” You know how much I don’t mean that? Crosby added. “A young boy with bright eyes who has talent. To the Becca Stevens and the Michelle Willises and the Michael Leagues of this world? To my own son James? I don’t want to tell them that, and it’s the truth. I have no hope in that. »

He went on to say that he will continue making music after recently removing his records from the streaming platform.

“What James and I do, and what the Lighthouse Band do – we make records anyway, because we love making records and because we think music is a lifting force… I think These are really tough times, and people need the lift. I make music because music makes things better and people happier. That’s good enough for me. If I don’t get paid, I’m not paid. “

“Everything is fine so far. I will run out of money in a few years and then I will have to sell my house. It’s like that. I can not do anything about it. I can’t play live anymore. I am 80 years old and I am very fragile in terms of health. I can’t change the market.

On streaming giants Spotify, he continued: “They’re making money and they’re not going to change that. They will not suddenly develop a sense of moral responsibility. They are miserable people.

Last month, member of folk supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash joined his former bandmates in backing Neil Young’s request to have his music removed from Spotify.

Since Young issued his request in January, Joni Mitchell, Stewart Lee and cult alt-rockers Failure have followed suit, demanding that their music be taken down.