Singer open about file sharing
Fleet Foxes

There are certain things your average frontman should never say: "Yes your honour, I knew she was 14 before we went back to my room"; "I think you'll find because I wrote the chorus, the only bit of the song anyone sings along to, that I am entitled to 90 per cent of this publishing"; "Seriously, guys, my solo career absolutely won't get in the way of this band."

And, nowadays, something rather more serious: "That's right, kids, illegal downloading has totally made music a better place." Which is sort of what Robin Pecknold, singer in Seattle avant-indie-folk outfit Fleet Foxes, has gone and uttered.

The vocalist told the BBC that music has become "richer as an artform" thanks to file sharing, a culture that has seen music sales gradually fall since the rise of Napster in the late 1990s.

Said the 23-year-old musician: "[File sharing] was how I discovered almost everything when I was a teenager - my dad brought home a modem, and that was how I was exposed to almost all of the music that I love to this day. Still, that's the easiest way to find really obscure stuff. I've discovered so much music through that medium. That will be true of any artist my age, absolutely."

Pecknold told the BBC he had illegally downloaded material in the past, and as such can't complain too much if people find Fleet Foxes' music via the same routes. He added: "I mean, how much money does one person need? I think it's disgusting when people complain about that, personally."

Let's see: I NEED MONEY. Any of you puke? Didn't think so.

Fleet Foxes play End Of The Road and Bestival festivals in September, along with a handful of UK dates - check MySpace for details.

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