Mount Eerie’s Phil Elverum Suggests Spotify Is Immoral Even Though It “Is Not Illegal Yet”…If you’ve listened to the Microphones Microphones in 2020 , you might have noticed that it’s not available on Spotify. Now, songwriter Phil Elverum has given an explanation to explain why, as he’s shared a harsh indictment of the streaming giant.
I completely agree & don’t stream. It cheats the artists. Sure it’s fine for classic rock and similar genres, where those artists are well off, (or not even living), but how are smaller artists meant to survive on tiny royalties? This is not something new and many artists have cried foul over the years.
Of course whilst consumers support these large conglomerates, not much is likely to change, whilst neglecting the artists themselves.
This doesn’t only apply to Spotify, it’s the same with other streaming services. The consumer wants it all for a few dollars a month without a care for the musicians.
The reason why I stumbled on this article is I was checking whether this album was finally available via streaming services as it’s one of my top releases for the year & wanted my son & some mates to check it out.
Good on ya Phil for drawing a line in the sand. It takes guts and true conviction as to your real value as an artist. Perhaps other artists will follow.
And whilst such services are king today, I wonder how they will look in 5 to 10 years time and beyond. The reality is unsustainable for many artists that’s for sure.