French DJ and music producer David Guetta, the man behind hits such as 'Hey Mama' (featuring Nicki Minaj), has come out to defend music piracy, saying that it's the only way some of his fans can enjoy his music.
In a recent interview with the BBC, Guetta says that while in a perfect world, everyone who listens to his music would have paid for it somehow, he also accepts the reality that some fans will listen to his music without paying.
"I wish that every person who’s listening to my music would send me a little check. That would make me a very rich person, that would be wonderful. But at the same time this is impossible," Guetta says.
Guetta says that just because they don't pay initially for the music, it doesn't mean that fans will never contribute. If piracy helps to earn him a few more fans, then Guetta believes that these same fans will still spend money, such as buying tickets to his concerts. In the end, the most important thing for a musician is having his or her work listened to, explains Guetta.
"I just want people to have access to my music. If there was no piracy, why can I sell out 20,000 people every in Brazil?" Guetta says. "Is it because of how many records we sold in the shops? Of course not."
In the end, how people listen to music and how they choose to spend their hard earned money will always be changing, and Guetta says musicians should adapt and embrace these changes, instead of trying to dig in to maintain the old way of doing things.
"You can't fight progress, so you better embrace it," he adds.