The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas Says Ed Sheeran's Success Is 'Cultural Brainwashing'

The band’s frontman has shared his opinions on popular music

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The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas has shared his opinion on today’s popular music, and it’s become quite apparent that the rockstar isn’t the biggest fan of Ed Sheeran.

Speaking to Vulture, the musician has suggested that the internet has had a negative effect on which artists see mainstream success and that “cultural brainwashing” has led to Ed’s massive popularity.

“I really believed that the internet’s capacity to let people access the best of the best of music — from underground stuff to music from all over the world — would’ve been a positive influence, that music would’ve evolved like never before,” Casablancas revealed.

“Instead music has been co-opted by some kind of capitalist profit game. I thought the internet would help balance the relationship between quality and the mainstream, but it’s gone the opposite way.”

Ed Sheeran wasn’t the only artist that Julian took aim at, he also gave his opinion on One Direction: “Quality is being sucked out of music. One Direction have four billion views and the best artists of today will only see a fraction of that attention.” He said.

You can read the full interview here.

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