iTunes was once king over the music industry, which was then transferred over to live streaming with BandPage and Soundcloud not to mention YouTube but each having their limitations to an extent. Bands would create uproar without royalties, which these mediums allow but are discredited for certain things. These main points were not expressed by Metallica like they did with Napster but instead by respected individuals in the music industry. One of the artists with an opinion opposing the model for the latest music medium Spotify has been expressed by none other than Thom Yorke, the lead of Radiohead, a band who is keen on experimenting on releases of their own music. (In Rainbows was released online and then made it so that the buyer would name their price for the album)
Nigel Godrich, at times a contributor to Radiohead and also a member of Atoms For Peace has expressed opinions on the model and its effect on indie bands. In a tweet he said, “The reason is that new artists get paid fuck all with this model. It’s an equation that just doesn’t work.”
In addition to his tweet Godrich adds: “The music industry is being taken over by the back door.. and if we don’t try and make it fair for new music producers and artists… then the art will suffer. Make no mistake. These are all the same old industry bods trying to get a stranglehold on the delivery system..
The numbers don’t even add up for spotify yet.. But it’s not about that.. It’s about establishing the model which will be extremely valuable. Meanwhile small labels and new artists can’t even keep their lights on. It’s just not right. Plus people are scared to speak up or not take part as they are told they will lose invaluable exposure if they don’t play ball.
“If people had been listening to spotify instead of buying records in 1973… I doubt very much if [Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon] would have been made.. It would just be too expensive.”
Ultraista, Godrisch’s band was removed from Spotify, only leaving their self-titled available. Also Atoms For Peace was removed but still leaving Radiohead’s music on Spotify.
Check out Atoms For Peace this fall at Austin City Limits.