Really? Not enough money for millionaire musicians Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich, Flea etc, so Atoms For Peace have pulled their album Amok off Spotify, thereby doing what exactly?
Godrich tweeted as follows, here all put together (by Rolling Stone, but hey): “The reason is that new artists get paid fuck all with this model. It’s an equation that just doesn’t work. 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. . . . 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. Meanwhile millions of streams gets them a few thousand dollars. Not like radio at all.”
“Some records can be made in a laptop but some need musician and skilled technicians. These things cost money. Pink floyds catalogue has already generated billions of dollars for someone (not necessarily the band) so now putting it on a streaming site makes total sense. But if people had been listening to spotify instead of buying records in 1973 I doubt very much if dark side would have been made. It would just be too expensive.”
The problem here is it is all too late, it isn’t Spotify or the record companies, the bands or the public, it is the technology and the post-MTV culture.
As long as
1. There is a technology that makes it easy to get free music
2. And a music fan base that doesn’t care that much either way
then not putting your music on streaming service is not the answer.
The answer is probably more in the nature of Taylor Swift’s actions: she waited till sales of Red had bottomed out and then she put it on Spotify and other streaming services. AFP are idiots and did the opposite.