On a recent single Canadian singer Esthero finds a rather unique way to protest the oppressive and frankly cowardly business model that is Spotify. According to this article Spotify management believes that music “should be universally accessible with a seamless experience based on streaming audio”. I for one have more than once tried to download Spotify on my phone and always given up because of the ridiculous poser-trying-to-hard-sounding ads.
There is the artist. There is the audience. There is sometimes the capitalist born middle man. Esthero is tries to point this out and uses her voice in a risky way to do so.
It is well known how badly Spotify and many other streaming services pay the creators for streamed or bought music. That is excluding though, a handful of services like Bandcamp, for example, who don’t charge a penny for streaming but instead make their money from revenue share on sales.
Check out Esthero’s song below to hear her unique way of protesting this faulted and outdated system:
Mehdi Rajabian once served two years, of a larger sentence, in prison in Tehran, Iran, for making music. The oppression the government shows artists in the country is immense but some people, like Mehdi, continue to create beauty despite the threat of incarceration.
His latest work needs to be shared by the rest of us who are not facing the same hardship. This beautiful album, which can be streamed below, features artists from 12 middle eastern countries and includes songs recorded during war and during an escape on a boat by a refugee.