With Spotify and Apple Music allowing streamers to get all the tracks they desire for just £10 a month, artists are struggling to make their millions through the standard process.
Even artists as big as Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift get their tracks streamed rather than bought – so much so, that Taylor blocked her music from being on Spotify at all.
While a certain number of streams equals an album sale, it’s not on the scale it was once before.
Music is available to anybody, anywhere, at the click of a button, meaning that buying CD’s and Vinyl’s is almost a thing of the past.
“Bands make their money playing live, for bands like us, our biggest income is gigs.”
Worldwide band, The Vaccines, spoke to Daily Star Online about where they make their money, and how it impacts them.
After admitting that streaming is a very real thing, they said: “Any access is good access.
“Streaming rather than buying slightly devalues recorded music, but people have done that. People don’t value recorded music in the same way, but they’re more than happy to pay for festivals, gigs and t-shirts.
“People are more willing to spend money on live music rather than recorded. Bands make their money playing live, for bands like us, our biggest income is gigs.”
They added: “As long as musicians are being paid for their art, can survive and make more art, then it’s fine. I’m wary of people who are resistant to change.”
Looking at festivals like Glastonbury, it was clear that some people pay for the experience over the music, given that the tickets sellout every year before the lineup goes live.
The band even added that Glastonbury is a different ballgame to the standard festival, adding: “I never really enjoy playing there, I enjoy partying after.”
While the UK’s number one festival may be a big hit on their headlining list, The Vaccines are playing Reading and Leeds festival for the fourth time this year.
After starting in the NME tent and making their way to the main stage, they noted that it has been good to see their growth move them to the centre of the gig.
Despite live shows being their main source of income, The Vaccines have chosen to take a risk and head up a ‘secret show’ with Jack Daniels.
Their intimate gig only has 200 tickets available for the 20th September in Manchester, the third release of 50 tickets go on sale today, from Dice, while a further 50 are released on August 24th.
Party-goers won’t find out the venue of the Jack Daniels Presents gig until the day of the show, meaning that the 200 fans will be scrambling to figure out where they’re heading just hours before they need to attend.
Luckily, with the intimacy of the gig, The Vaccines are hoping this will mean that people won’t be buying tickets to resell at extortionate prices.
The reselling fiasco, which many artists are struggling to put a stop to, means that true fans can’t attend the show of their favourites without being severely out of pocket.
Sometimes, it impacts the gig when venues appear half-full after people have failed to resell the tickets and haven’t used it themselves.