Always one to give great copy, the legendary former Smiths frontman attacked the current trend among indie artists for crowdsourced music.
Legendary indie music icon Morrissey has spoken out against crowdsourcing in pop. Currently without a record deal and having a reputation for falling out with record label bosses over the years, the star has vowed never to resort to raising money online as a means of making new music.
In an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais, the Mozfather took aim at artists who use the internet to source the money for album projects. “It is a desperate measure, and insulting to your audience,” he railed. “We have already provided sufficient amounts of money. What is the next thing you're going to ask?”
Morrissey performing live in London, 2014
Morrissey is instead focussed on touring, which in fairness has always been a lucrative pursuit for him. Anybody who has read (or at least tried to read) his autobiography or seen his live shows can testify to the intense fandom he inspires all around the world.
While he described performing live in a rather defeatist way (“the only option left”), he admitted that he still derived great pleasure from it (“very good and exciting”) and that “the relationship with my audience is beyond music”.
Morrissey, 55, is an unsigned artist at this moment in time, having parted ways with Capitol and Harvest in August last year, a matter of months after the release of his last solo album World Peace Is None Of Your Business.
Last week he made the previously unthinkable move of publicly sympathising with Madonna in her battle against ageism concerning radio exposure, something Morrissey himself has often suspected has worked against him in the past.
“I think Madonna is right,” he admitted to El Mundo. “For example, BBC Radio One does not pick her music because she's too old. But the music is good or bad, and the age of the interpreter is irrelevant.”
About his negative PR image, he said dismissively: “Many people enjoy writing negative things about me. Which is fine with me. Let them go if it makes them happy.”