In a recent interview with the magazine Classic Rock, Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen gave his thoughts on downloading and how minimal the income from album sales really is.
“Some people out there don’t really get what musicians are trying to do. Because, let’s be honest, selling records doesn’t put food on the table anymore, it’s touring. But some fans just think, ‘Oh, here comes the same CD with some live bonus tracks so they can try and cash in.'”
“You know that it isn’t about that because you can’t sell records to make money anymore. It’s more about giving the fans something special and trying to get the CD sales back again from all the downloading.”
“I don’t think downloading has any soul or spirit. I personally don’t download anything. I like to hunt for the record or the movie that I want.”
The lesson to be learned here is that the mere purchase of an album simply is not enough when it comes to supporting an artist, you really have to attend shows and buy merch in order to truly show your support.