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Atoms For Peace Pull Catalogue From Spotify



Electronica edged super group Atoms For Peace have removed their catalogue from Spotify as band member and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich has lashed out at the online music provider for failing to support new talent. It isn’t the first time artists have criticized the streaming service with Four Tet pulling all of his and his labels content from Spotify as have certain distrubutors such as ST Holdings in response to lack of payment and Godrich has been particularly vocal about is dissatisfaction with the music outlet in a series of blistering tweets.

 “It’s bad for new music”, claims Godrich. “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…These are all the same old industry bods trying to get a stranglehold on the delivery system.”

He then continued the salvo adding “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. 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. Millions of streams gets them a few thousand dollars. Not like radio at all. If you have a massive catalogue – a major label for example – then you’re quids in. But making new recorded music needs funding…Pink Floyd’s 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 [that] Dark Side would have been made. It would just be too expensive.”

Before fellow band member and friend Thom Yorke concisely stated “Make no mistake new artists you discover on Spotify will no get paid. meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it. Simples.”

On an oxymoronically happier note you can stream the B-side to their vinyl only release S.A.D below


Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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