Maynard James Keenan - Keenan Fearful Over Illegal Downloads
Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan fears illegal downloading is stifling creativity in the music industry, as many artists now "can't afford" to spend a fortune on recording.
The singer is worried the rise in online piracy is having a knock-on effect in the studio as acts have less funds to spend on laying down tracks, and he believes the problem will continue until label bosses find a proper solution.
He tells American radio station 101.5 Kfly, "I think part of the problem with most of that is just the foundation of respect or entitlement. I think 'entitlement' is probably the better word... Our society has gotten to the point where just you click a button, you get what you want when you want it...
"Until somebody has actually written a cheque to record their own record and see everything that goes into it, they don't really understand... The current state of music, I'm sure there's a lot of creative stuff going on out there, but there certainly isn't - of course, I'm being nostalgic - but it doesn't seem like there's as much, creatively, going on, 'cause most people can't afford to do it."