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Radiohead – someone finally asks Thom Yorke some decent questions

There’s an excellent interview with the Radiohead singer in this month’s Wired magazine. The man asking the questions? David Byrne. And he asks Yorke one of the questions I was waiting for someone – anyone – to pose in the …

Wed, Dec 19, 2007, 10:58

   

There’s an excellent interview with the Radiohead singer in this month’s Wired magazine. The man asking the questions? David Byrne.

And he asks Yorke one of the questions I was waiting for someone – anyone – to pose in the light of how the world and its missus now thinks the “In Rainbows” model is the way forward for everyone.

Byrne: What about bands that are just getting started?

Yorke: Well, first and foremost, you don’t sign a huge record contract that strips you of all your digital rights, so that when you do sell something on iTunes you get absolutely zero. That would be the first priority. If you’re an emerging artist, it must be frightening at the moment. Then again, I don’t see a downside at all to big record companies not having access to new artists, because they have no idea what to do with them now anyway.

Yeah, Yorke doesn’t have a clue what new acts are going to do in the brave new world either. But he has his fanbase so he’s sorted.