Rage Against The Machine
"I feel like it [the record business] is in really dire straights right now, but it's a spirit that can't be killed and no matter what forces are out there trying to do that, it's not going to work. Everyone has music that matters to them and no matter what, there's going to be a way that people get spiritual nourishment from music that's for sure.
"Right now, it's looking bad, I don't see how new artists can break anymore. I'm trying and it's impossible."
"Maybe what we need to get out of is this rigidity and control that people who don't really care about music have been exercising over people who do."
"I feel we're close to a major shift in the way people get music, listen to music and appreciate music."
He say he's working on a download site that replicates the experience customers have shopping at his stores—which for me would be something akin to getting high on retail—although that seems like a very tall order considering the hold that iTunes now has over the business.
"There's no question iTunes cannibalizes the business.
"When iTunes first started out and was doing about one percent of the music business, the CD business was down five percent, so they said we're only down four percent because iTunes is making up one of those points. Okay, good.
"Then when iTunes was two percent they were down seven percent. So they think, `Oh, we’re not [down] seven, we're down five.' Then when iTunes was three percent, they were down nine percent. Every time iTunes takes a point they lose two. Right now, iTunes is about five percent and they're down fifteen percent.
"There has to be answer for the industry that doesn't do that; that's more of an album oriented sales philosophy than a singles oriented sales philosophy."
Although he's full of optimism (he has to be), he's clearly aware that in some ways, he's already the last man standing.
"I hope there's plenty more answers. I don’t want to be the only person out there. That's too much pressure."