Wicklow-born country singer Luan Parle leaves Spotify with a choice message for the streaming service’s controversial (see below) CEO, Daniel Ek.
His name is Luka.
Guess you’ve never streamed him before?
Via Hot Press:
‘The presentation of my appeal as some sort of political statement against streaming is nonsense.
I had no desire to make a stand against anyone.
My appeal was clear. If people wish to experience my record, all I ask is that they actually buy it from actually me; because I actually generated the songs and the momentum, and paid all the people who helped get the record done, over a period of 2 years.
My only motivation in this appeal was clear and simple. I need the money.
And my experience of streaming of music through my working life is that it contributes literally nothing to my work. And then takes the streamed income and pockets it. I have no problem with that at all. it’s just that I have no desire to avail of this ‘service’.
But respect those who do.’
‘The big one is streaming. That just killed us. The streaming companies are making billions of dollars. The numbers are right out there, in the public.
The three main record companies are making, I was told, $19 million a day, off of streaming, and the artists are getting shafted.
It’s as if you did your gig for month, and they paid you a nickel. They’re paying you, but not enough to live. It isn’t right.
And it’s very, very, very, very tough on young people who are trying to get in.
They snuck it past us.
What happened is that the streaming companies, when they developed their technology, went to the big record companies, they said, ]
“Hey, we need a different rate.What we’ll give you is no physical object. You don’t have to produce a physical object, so there’s less cost. You’re gonna like that. What we need is a better rate. We need a way where we can make the billions of dollars, instead of the artists making the billions of dollars. Okay?”
And the record companies said, “Sure, no problem. All you have to do is give us a piece of your company.”
And they did that. That’s how it went right around us. When we thought the music up.’
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