Jack White has gotten a lot of flack for the rollout of Tidal, a music-streaming service. If statements culled from a recent online conversation are any indication, White is grappling with a number of professional and personal frustrations, of which Tidal may just be the most public example.
White expressed frustration and turmoil during an online Q&A session for members of Third Man Records’ Vault held over the weekend. White recently finished a world tour behind sophomore solo effort Lazaretto and voiced doubt over whether another full-scale tour would be “worth it” writing, “i’d say half the shows i play i’d rather not play. festivals for example. but i have to make the best of it and try to get inspired.”
He continues: “it’s hard when the people who organize festivals basically control my life … i have to book shows around their offer that i can’t refuse … it’s very expensive to tour … people think that’s how musicians make their money these days sadly, but it’s hard to on the road no matter what size you are … only seated theaters for acoustic shows for the rest of my days.”
Asked if he’d consider reuniting with Meg White, the negativity continued: “she doesn’t answer her phone. that time is gone.”
When a fan asked “What is something we might not know about you?” White answered, that i don’t belong here, and most of the time [it’s] torture trying to find reasons to stay.”
Recently, White posted a “Frequently Asked Questions” section on the website of his Third Man record label in which he addresses his motivation for teaming up with Jay-Z and other musician “co-owners” to launch the controversial streaming service Tidal.
To a fan complaining about Tidal charging a premium for its service, White responded. “Don’t devalue musicians, man; support them. Making records is expensive, believe us. I don’t see people saying we should go to the movies for free, or Netflix should be free. That state of music is in flux. Be on the side of supporting creativity, not taking from it. This gives you that chance.”