Vamps singer James supports Swift

The Vamps' James McVey has spoken out in support of Taylor Swift fighting for artists' right to get paid.

The Vamps’ James McVey says it’s “people like Taylor Swift” who give struggling artists a voice.

Aged just 21, the singer and his bandmates Brad Simpson, Connor Ball and Tristan Evans have produced several smash hits and even supported Taylor on her Red Tour last year.

Yesterday Taylor’s boyfriend Calvin Harris was involved in a Twitter spat with former One Direction member Zayn Malik after he posted a meme that criticised the singer for fighting for musicians’ right to be paid by Apple’s music streaming service. The post included a quote from Miley Cyrus, which stated she’s “made her money” and is happy with her dogs and house so doesn’t care if people don’t buy her albums.

Now James has weighed in on the matter, tweeting that he remembers busking on the streets of a small town in the south of England aged 14. He also expressed how grateful he is to Taylor for giving a voice to struggling artists.

“When making £20 a weekend was absolutely everything, and when I once made £100 in a month from people buying my ep at shows..,” he recalled.

“I remember the feeling when I finally managed to have my music on iTunes.. But when I had to save my busking money up to pay someone for it

“I remember my guitar being stolen aged 15, and being petrified that I couldn’t afford another one. I remember the struggle my parents..

“Had to support my passion. It is people like @taylorswift13 who knows how I felt then. It’s not about houses, dogs or cats when making..

“£40 at a show means you can afford to buy tickets to sell as a support slot show. It’s trying to continue your passion as an unsigned artist (sic)”

And it seems Zayn’s former bandmate Louis Tomlinson is Team Taylor too. While he didn’t voice his opinion online, he did pointedly favourite one of Calvin’s tweets.
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Tuesday, 18. August 2015