I recently read an interview, a rare one granted to Peter Willis by That Artist Currently Still Known as Prince that’s tied to the pending release of his new album, “20TEN.” Now, granted, as a musical artist this guy might very well be one of the greatest creative minds of our generation. On the other hand, I believe there’s evidence to indicate he’s also a self-absorbed, heavily-insulated little so-and-so.
Here’s what he said:
Unlike most other rock stars, [Prince] has banned YouTube and iTunes from using any of his music and has even closed down his own official website.
He says: “The internet’s completely over. I don’t see why I should give my new music to iTunes or anyone else. They won’t pay me an advance for it and then they get angry when they can’t get it.
“The internet’s like MTV. At one time MTV was hip and suddenly it became outdated. Anyway, all these computers and digital gadgets are no good.
“They just fill your head with numbers and that can’t be good for you.”
Um, dude: I think it likely the Internet will still be around in some form long after no one remembers you or your goofy name/symbol. Further, pretty much every device and/or instrument you’ve used to make your art was conceived, designed and built by people whose heads are filled with numbers.