The National call on musicians to give Spotify a chance

The band said the streaming service should be supported if it encourages people to like their music and go to their shows

Acclaimed US rockers The National have called on fellow musicians to give Spotify a chance, despite admitting that the royalties they receive from the music streaming service are minimal.

The Cincinnati band, who will support Neil Young & Crazy Horse at the Barclaycard presents British Summer Time concert in Hyde Park next July, enjoyed one of Spotify’s most-streamed tracks with "Bloodbuzz Ohio", the song used to accompany President Obama’s pre-election rallies.

The service has been attacked by musicians, including Thom Yorke, who argue that it delivers meagre returns for up-and-coming artists.

Aaron Dessner, the band’s guitarist and songwriter, told The Independent: “I use Spotify and it’s great to have all the catalogue of great 20th and 21st century music at your fingertips. We have one of the most-streamed songs on Spotify but it’s not going to make up a lot of revenue right now. Someday that could change.”

Dessner added: “I still believe in making albums and creating a product with great artwork. I don’t think Spotify should be a replacement for that experience. If it encourages people to like our music and go to our shows that’s a good thing.”

“They need to get the economics right for artists or there’s no point in legal streaming. It has to work for artists with a smaller catalogue who are struggling. A jazz album that someone streams once or twice isn’t going to make any revenue. Hopefully Spotify will shift to a more artist cognitive model like iTunes has done.”

The National’s sixth album, Trouble Will Find Me, elevated the cult band, fronted by singer Matt Berninger, to arena status. The band sold out two nights at London’s Alexandra Palace in November and are looking to forward playing to 60,000 fans at Hyde Park on 12 July, in a bill that includes Tom Odell, Caitlin Rose, Phosphorescent and Flyte.

Dessner said: “We look at REM and Arcade Fire and we’ve learned over the years how to play to the back of the room. We’re starting to figure out how to maintain that intimacy in our sound in a big space. It’s not like playing to 300 people in a punk rock club where you can see everybody.

“We’ve got better at it even though we’re not the most natural performers. It’s like jumping into cold waters but people seem to like it so far.”

It would be a “dream come true” to play with Neil Young who is a “huge influence on The National and a great hero of North American music,” Dessner said. “We’ve been strolling in Hyde Park but we’ve never seen one of those huge shows.”

Young and Crazy Horse are notorious for his 18-minute feedback-led song outros which can test the patience of casual fans. The National recently performed a single song, “Sorrow” for six consecutive hours as part of an installation at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.

They will not repeat the experience at the notoriously curfew-conscious Hyde Park. “It’s great to get lost in sound sometimes but we’ll stick to what we do best,” the guitarist said.

Nor will the band, nominated for Best Alternative Album at the Grammy awards, attempt once again to predict the weekend’s scores against “Lawro” on the BBC’s Football Focus show.

“We do follow the Premier League quite a bit but we were in over our heads,” Dessner admitted after failing to predict a single accurate result last month. “We were hoping to get some tickets for a game really. We’re going to try and see a game when we come over in March.”

Tickets for the Hyde Park will be on pre-sale for Barclaycard customers at 9am on Wednesday 11th December at www.barclaycardunwind.com

Attendees at last Summer’s Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park concerts and AEG Live customers can purchase their tickets from 9am on Thursday 12th December.

Tickets are on general release from 9am on Friday 13th December.

McBusted, the newly formed pop supergroup, will headline British Summer Time on Sunday 6th July with special guests The Backstreet Boys.

Arts and Entertainment
Performers drink tea at the Glastonbury festival in 2010

GlastonburyWI to make debut appearance at Somerset festival

Arts and Entertainment
Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

TV reviewIt has taken seven episodes for Game of Thrones season five to hit its stride

Arts and Entertainment
Jesuthasan Antonythasan as Dheepan

FilmPalme d'Or goes to radical and astonishing film that turns conventional thinking about immigrants on its head

Arts and Entertainment
Måns Zelmerlöw performing

Eurovision
Arts and Entertainment
Graham Norton was back in the commentating seat for Eurovision 2015

Eurovision
Arts and Entertainment
The light stuff: Britt Robertson and George Clooney in ‘Tomorrowland: a World Beyond’
film review
Arts and Entertainment
Reawakening: can Jon Hamm’s Don Draper find enlightenment in the final ‘Mad Men’?
tv reviewNot quite, but it's an enlightening finale for Don Draper spoiler alert
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

ebooks
Arts and Entertainment
Breakfast Show’s Nick Grimshaw

Radio
Arts and Entertainment

Eurovision
Arts and Entertainment
'Youth' cast members Paul Dano, Jane Fonda, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, and Michael Caine pose for photographers at Cannes Film Festival
film
Arts and Entertainment
Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward and Robin in the 1960s Batman TV show

Comics
Arts and Entertainment
I am flute: Azeem Ward and his now-famous instrument
music
Arts and Entertainment
A glass act: Dr Chris van Tulleken (left) and twin Xand get set for their drinking challenge
TV review
Arts and Entertainment
MIA perform at Lovebox 2014 in London Fields, Hackney

music
Arts and Entertainment
Finnish punk band PKN hope to enter Eurovision 2015 and raise awareness for Down's Syndrome

eurovision
Arts and Entertainment
William Shakespeare on the cover of John Gerard's The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes

books
Arts and Entertainment

Game of Thrones review
Arts and Entertainment
Grayson Perry dedicates his Essex home to Julie

Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treat

tv
Arts and Entertainment
A scene from the original Swedish version of the sci-fi TV drama ‘Real Humans’
tv
Arts and Entertainment
Hugh Keays-Byrne plays Immortan Joe, the terrifying gang leader, in the new film
filmActor who played Toecutter returns - but as a different villain in reboot
Arts and Entertainment
Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road
film
Arts and Entertainment
Jessica Hynes in W1A
tvReview: Perhaps the creators of W1A should lay off the copy and paste function spoiler alert
Arts and Entertainment
Power play: Mitsuko Uchida in concert

classical
Arts and Entertainment
Dangerous liaisons: Dominic West, Jake Richard Siciliano, Maura Tierney and Leya Catlett in ‘The Affair’ – a contradictory drama but one which is sure to reel the viewers in
TV review
Arts and Entertainment
Richard Herring, pictured performing at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival two years ago
comedy
Arts and Entertainment
Music freak: Max Runham in the funfair band
theatre
Arts and Entertainment
film 'I felt under-used by Hollywood'
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

    Abuse - and the hell that follows

    James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
    Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

    It's oh so quiet!

    The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
    'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

    'Timeless fashion'

    It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
    If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

    Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

    Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
    New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

    Evolution of swimwear

    From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
    Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

    Sun, sex and an anthropological study

    One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
    From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

    Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

    'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
    'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

    Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

    This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
    Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

    Songs from the bell jar

    Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
    How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

    One man's day in high heels

    ...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
    Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

    Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

    Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
    The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

    King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

    The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
    More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

    End of the Aussie brain drain

    More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
    Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

    Can meditation be bad for you?

    Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
    Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

    Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

    Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine