Radiohead has been among the most prominent rock bands to embrace the Internet as a music distribution platform—particularly with its pay-what-you-want launch of 2007 album In Rainbows. Since then, its members have frequently spoken out about how musicians have been denied their hard-earned cash by both major labels and music-streaming services.
On Monday, pop music blog Consequence of Sound caught wind of an Italian magazine Q&A with lead singer Thom Yorke before the musician's planned performance at a concert linked to the UN's latest climate talks. According to Consequence of Sound's translation, the chat went all over the place and included Yorke's thoughts about how he discovers new music lately.
"I certainly do not use YouTube," Yorke told La Repubblica. He explicitly called the company out for not paying artists or only paying them "small sums," even though the service runs advertisements before music videos play.