Tool’s Maynard James Keenan Speaks Out Against Illegal Music Downloading
[pullquote quote="Our society has gotten to the point where just you click a button, you get what you want when you want it. If it's easy to get, you appreciate it less."]“Some say the end is near. Some say we’ll see Armageddon soon.” But, despite the possibility of our impending extinction, the provocative frontman behind Tool, Puscifer, and a Perfect Circle, Maynard James Keenan, is still pissed off that people are illegally downloading music over the internet.
In an interview with a radio station in Oregon, Keenan said that people feel “entitled” to download free music because of the instantaneous gratification of the internet and that when an artist loses money through illegal downloading they are less likely to spend money in the studio and on the creative process.
[pullquote quote="So no, I have nothing to tell you. When something is actually happening, there will be no doubt it's happening. "]“Until somebody has actually written a check to record their own record and see everything that goes into it, they don’t really understand,” Keenan explained. “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.”
“I think part of the problem with most of that is just the foundation of respect or entitlement,” Keenan continued. “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. If it’s easy to get, you appreciate it less.”
Perhaps Keenan’s distaste for music piracy is why the artist has been incredibly vague about the possibility of hearing new music from Tool or a Perfect Circle.
“You will know when I do. That’s all I can say,” Keenan said mysteriously in an interview. “A lot of times I’ll say something because somebody is pressuring me to give them some answer, and then that answer gets turned into a fact, and then details get added and before I know it, I’ve just released a new record.”
“So no, I have nothing to tell you. When something is actually happening, there will be no doubt it’s happening.”