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Check out Esthero’s song below to hear her unique way of protesting this faulted and outdated system:
Cover photo by Glenn Francis.
Halldór is the managing editor of Shouts - Music from the Rooftops!, an investigative journalist, audio engineer, and animal rights activist. Currently based in Cuernavaca, Mexico.
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