David Byrne Speaks on “Spotify is Making Artists Uncomfortable”

Spotify is making artists uncomfortable

David Byrne says he believes that Spotify is “making artists uncomfortable” across the scandal regarding COVID misinformation shared on Joe Rogan’s podcast.

Earlier this 12 months, Rogan and Spotify had been closely criticized for sharing misinformation in regards to the coronavirus vaccine on the unique podcast The Joe Rogan Expertise, which led to artists including Neil Young and Joni Mitchell removing their music from the service.

Byrne, who in 2013 publicly criticised the “pittance” artists are paid when it comes to royalties from streaming companies like Spotify, and claimed he had pulled as a lot of his catalogue as potential from the service, was requested his ideas on the continuing scandal in a brand new interview with the Guardian.

“There’s been all this stuff about platforms having … let’s say questionable or controversial content material [and] placing out misinformation or outright lies or … not precisely hate speech, however issues which are making lots of artists uncomfortable,” he stated.

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“And it’s fairly powerful to do something to assist ameliorate that until you’re a Drake or Taylor Swift, or these sorts of artists. It’s fairly laborious for the remainder of us to have affect.”

David Byrne performs in the course of the David Byrne’s “American Utopia” Reopening Evening at St. James Theatre on October 17, 2021 in New York Metropolis. (Image: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Pictures)

Byrne added: “A handful of mega, mega artists are doing rather well, and lots of the others – particularly rising artists – are having a troublesome time with it. There was positively a interval the place I believed, “Oh, this is going to be powerful for lots of artists”, particularly with Spotify’s “freemium” layer.

I watched as Taylor Swift went to Apple and stated, “You may’t do that; you may’t have a freemium layer that may final perpetually.” And she or he – I imply, bless her coronary heart – she managed to get them to [change their policy]. Which I believe was courageous for her and good for lots of the remainder of us.”

Elsewhere, David Byrne and Mitski released a new collaboration called ‘This Is A Life’ final week (March 8). The music options on the soundtrack for the brand new A24 movie, Everything Everywhere All At Once.

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