Musicians Past and Present on the Idea of “Selling Out”



Adele

“I think it’s shameful when you sell out. It depends what kind of artist you wanna be but I don’t want my name anywhere near another brand. I don’t wanna be tainted or haunted. I don’t want to be in everyone’s face. I’m a big music fan and I get really pissed off when it gets like that … and I don’t want people to get like that with me.”




Macklemore

“In my stripped down definition, selling out is compromising your artistic integrity for money/fame. In my heart I can tell you that my personal artistic integrity remained completely intact over the weekend… The song’s subject is about shoes, but the guts of the record are about consumer culture… Does the NBA happen to fall under the capitalist umbrella? Absolutely. But it’s no different than the brands you’re currently wearing, the company that manufactured the couch that you’re sitting on or the computer/phone you’re staring into while reading this. If there was any trace of irony by Wings being one of the official songs of the 2013 All Star Game, that’s great. That means that we won. The song about consumerism was embraced on a national level, and played to the entire country of sports fans that tuned in. More people download the song, got the truth (the actual/full song) and we converted strangers that didn’t know who we were into fans. If that’s selling out to you, word. But to me that’s nothing but an all around win.”

After the song “Wings” was used as the official song of the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend




Estelle

“I think it’s a different age. [This song] was a nice fit, a nice click, [because I liked] the idea of writing a song that empowers women, encourages women to be themselves and feel better about themselves.”

After writing a song for something called “Kraft Crystal Light”




Kurt Cobain

“It’s really not hard to keep your dignity and sign to a major label. Most people don’t have any dignity in the first place.”




Mike Dirnt, Green Day

“If there’s a formula to selling out, I think every band in the world would be doing it. The fact that you write good songs and you sell too many of them, if everybody in the world knew how to do that they’d do it. It’s not something we chose to do. Selling out is compromising your musical intentions and we don’t know how to do that.”

Rest of the list @ Flavorwire