Musik Universe recently conducted an interview with vocalist Anders Fridén of Swedish metallers IN FLAMES. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked for his opinion on streaming and Spotify in particular, Anders said: “I mean, it depends on how you look at it. It’s like radio — you have it straight in your pocket. I think it’s great. We have to adapt. Personally, I wanna have something and hold it; I love vinyl still. But I think it’s a good complement. And that’s just the way it is these days. We, as musicians, have to adapt to the situation. Sometimes it takes away the fun of releasing something, ’cause it’s out already everywhere. When I was younger, I had to wait and wait until the day the album came out and I went to the store and I got it in my hand, and it was a magical moment. But it is different these days. I mean, in Sweden we have… I think it’s like eighty or ninety percent streaming and very few physical [sales] and very few iTunes even. It’s like Spotify all over.”
“Battles”, IN FLAMES‘ twelfth studio album, was released on November 11 via Nuclear Blast in all territories excluding North America and Scandinavia and Eleven Seven Music Group in the U.S.
IN FLAMES drummer Daniel Svensson announced in 2015 that he was leaving the band to focus on his family life. He has since been replaced by Joe Rickard, who played on “Battles” as a session musician.
More recently, bassist Peter Iwers issued a statement in November saying that he was leaving IN FLAMES at the end of the recent U.S. tour “to pursue other endeavors.” A replacement bassist has not yet been announced.