ALL THAT REMAINS Frontman torches Daniel Ek of Spotify for poor Artist Pay
** WARNING*** This is my Angry post for the day.
Houston, TX —
Well, it looks like artists are finally coming out of the woodwork to stand up for something….. Pay…….. Sadly it took a Joe Rogan controversy to bring more light to long running problem that Artists; both signed and unsigned, have with Spotify.
The terrible pay. Which now includes the Frontman Phil Labonte of the metal band ALL THAT REMAINS. As reported by Metal Injection from a live interview on The Porcupine.
“It’s quite interesting that while the overall pie is growing, and more and more people can partake in that pie, we tend to focus on a very limited set of artists.
“Even today on our marketplace, there’s literally millions and millions of artists. What tends to be reported are the people that are unhappy, but we very rarely see anyone who’s talking about… In the entire existence [of Spotify] I don’t think I’ve ever seen a single artist saying ‘I’m happy with all the money I’m getting from streaming. Stating that publicly. In private they have done that many times, but in public they have no incentive to do it. But unequivocally, from the data, there are more and more artists that are able to live off streaming income in itself.”
“There is a narrative fallacy here…”
“…combined with the fact that, obviously, some artists that used to do well in the past may not do well in this future landscape, where you can’t record music once every three to four years and think that’s going to be enough. The artists today that are making it realize that it’s about creating a continuous engagement with their fans. It is about putting the work in, about the storytelling around the album, and about keeping a continuous dialogue with your fans.”
“It’s, like, you can be the person that came up with a creative, destructive force, and that’s fine, and that’s part of a free market and stuff, but when you’re a dick about it, you’re still a dick. If you’re just, like, ‘Well, you guys have gotta adapt to the market,’ it’s, like, look, there are a lot of artists that are in contracts that can’t just put out music every couple of days. Thankfully, I’m almost out of my contract — I’ve got one more record, and we’re recouped — so I’m in a uniquely good position; not ‘uniquely,’ but an exceedingly rare good position. Most artists aren’t.
“So when he is so dismissive of the effect his creation has on the music industry and then to glibly act as if $0.0007 cents for every spin is fair, I don’t think that’s… At the very least, it’s not someone that I wanna hang out with or someone that I wanna speak positively of. Maybe it’s not illegal, maybe it’s not immoral, but I’m kind of just, ‘Well, you’re kind of a pile, and I wouldn’t wanna be your friend.’”
In light of this morning’s topics buzzing around the internet on Spotify, which includes Ek stating he was giving $100 Million Dollars to “historically marginalized groups”.. As if he couldn’t be any MORE condescending…..
You wanna talk about a “historically marginalized group”? Let’s talk about ALL the artists you STEAL music from to make yourself rich, Daniel! You’re a conman! A TOOL! Plain and simple. You created an app to cheat your way to being wealthy. Off the backs of hundreds of the thousands of talented artists Worldwide. You’re like Travis Kalanick (Uber) in that regard. A moocher who found a way to mooch his way to Millions using other people’s property.
Personally you make me sick. You disgust me. Your employees create niches to help people in their cliques and kiss their A$$. A created micro-ecosystem where the haves scratch the back of the other haves and close out any outside entity. And then you work your algorithms to make sure they function in the same way as your niche cliques to ensure you all get rich and the artists get screwed.
At $2.77 Million a MONTH for office space rent in the World Trade Center in New York, you certainly seem like Spotify is financially healthy enough to pay artists more. I mean the average employee who works for Spotify makes $160,000/year. And many of them make more with backside, under the table deals they’ve made with major record labels and radio partners. Yes I’m speaking out what ALL of us are thinking based on behavior at the company. And the CLOSED LOOP system Spotify employees have created.
It really couldn’t be more blatant. How in the hell can you say you support “independent artists” when your top 3 “Independent Playlists” are owned by Warner Bros, Sony and Universal? How about this. STOP THE NEPOTISM. STOP THE CORRUPTION. And more importantly STOP STEALING THE ART!
The fact that you’ve crashed 25% in the last week should be an indicator. I hope you crash and burn completely then lose all your wealth to the lawsuits that are pending. But that’s just me. My own personal opinion. Though I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this thought.
The “Historically Marginalized Group” of musicians are sick and tired of getting dicked over by the likes you, Daniel. Also by Mediabase Payola Stations that want $1500 MINIMUM to get added to rotation and up to another $1000 more just to get their songs heard during DAYLIGHT HOURS.
They’re tired of not getting article space in Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Blabbermouth, Consequence of Sound, Loudwire and more. YES I’m CALLING ALL OF YOU OUT!
Because SOMEONE has to have the balls to do so! Maybe only 1 person reads this article, maybe it goes viral. At least ONE voice is out there championing Artists.