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Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge compares music streaming to killing an elephant

Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge likes a lot of things like chasing UFOs, making jokes about your Mum, and writing songs about dicks. But one thing he really, really doesn’t like is music streaming services.

Speaking to FL’s Jody Macgregor about his forthcoming record with sideproject Angels & Airwaves, DeLonge compared the effect that streaming services were having on the music industry to killing an endangered animal. “I tell people condoning streaming is like condoning the Chinese that are killing elephants for their tusks and carving ivory statues,” he railed. “It’s cool to put on your shelf but if you really think about what you’re doing it sucks. Streaming music is doing the same thing to artists – might not be killing ‘em but it’s killing the industry. It might be cool for you as somebody that likes music but you’re not really thinking about the effect it has. We’ve got to value our art, you know?”

DeLonge isn’t the only artist to speak out against music streaming services recently. Taylor Swift pulled her entire back catalogue off Spotify earlier this month including her new album 1989 explaining that she didn’t feel that the streaming service put a “value to what musicians have created” by allowing fans to listen to her songs for free.

In addition to venting his thoughts on streaming DeLonge spoke about the new Blink-182 album, aliens and his forthcoming record with Angels & Airwaves, The Dream Walker, which is due out on December 9. The full interview will be published on FL in the next week.