Paul Weller On Modern Technology

The Jam were a great singles band, and here you are releasing a new single, “Brand New Toy”, your first new material since “Flame-Out!” in 2013, which was also a one off single. Are you a particular fan of the format?
I miss the days when you could put three of four singles out in a year. You probably can if you just use the internet. I don’t know what value they’d have still, I’m not sure. But I like the idea of just making a record. I’ve got a couple of songs, I like them, let’s go and cut them and put them out. I like that spontaneity. It’s all changed so much, even in the last five years, how people receive the music and how you put the music out. It’s a different world. It’s not going to go back to what it was. It’s impossible. Does that bother me? It bothered me at first, but I’m accepting of it. That’s what it is, you’ve got to deal with it. It’s not good moaning it’s not as good as it used to be, because that’s the way it is. It’s not necessarily progress, but that’s just the way it’s gone. It’s like any technology it’s got its good points and bad points. It’s great from the point of view that if I wanted to, I could stick something now on the internet and people would get to hear it. But I think the negative side is that it devalues a lot of it as well. When you were waiting for certain records, when you’re waiting for a band to put a single out and the whole build up to it and trying to get your hands on it first, I don’t know if it’s quite the same now, is it? It’s literally just the flick of a switch, isn’t it?

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