Noel Gallagher talked to Radio 4’s John Wilson for the series Mastertapes discussing the making of ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’, his 2011 solo debut. The programme has been broadcast at 11 p.m. on Monday 8th December.
Regarding U2’s iTunes giveaway of new album ‘Song Of Innocence’, he stated “I don’t agree with music being given away for free because it costs a lot of money to make a record. Look, [U2] obviously don’t need the money, good for them, but it’s not something that I would ever consider…”
He was asked if this move can undermine the value of music and he added: “It doesn’t undermine the value of my music, no, so does it undermine the value of theirs? I don’t know. A lot of people go to see them live and they’re brilliant. If anything, they’ve gained two new fans in my sons, who since then have become mega-fans.”
Noel then talked about the shift in the music industry, saying that the trend started with Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’, which could be purchased for a nominal fee online.
“All this started with Radiohead didn’t it, and people have been reacting to that ever since… I remember the Kaiser Chiefs were like, ‘Make your own record, we’ll give you a pound.’ What? You’re giving people a pound?! It remains to be seen how Coldplay react to it. I firmly believe we’ll all get a knock on the door at some point over the next two years and Chris [Martin] will be stood there. And he’ll say, ‘Alright man, you know, here’s a Coldplay album.’ And you’ll go, ‘Thanks.’ And there’s a ladder and he’ll say, ‘Bass player’s just fixing the guttering, Johnny’s round the back, he’s doing the gardening and I think Will’s going to put the recycling out, so enjoy.’ And then he’ll come back and say, ‘Oh, I forgot – here’s a tenner.’ Who knows what’s going to happen. But for the record, no-one’s getting anything out of me for free.”