Thom Yorke calls Spotify ‘the last desperate fart of a dying corpse’ 5

Thom Yorke's Spotify Critique

Radiohead  & Atoms For Peace frontman Thom Yorke has been reassuringly outspoken in his critique of the music industry for some time now and his latest attack on the troubled Spotify with Mexican website ‘Sopitas’ is no exception.

Like this blog has often done in the past, Yorke questions the incestuous relationship and motives between the major labels and Spotify. The direct connection between fan and artist (encouraged by Aurovine) that was beautifully executed with the release of Radiohead’s ‘In Rainbows’ album has been somewhat negated with the new streaming models.

“When we did the In Rainbows thing what was most exciting was the idea you could have a direct connection between you as a musician and your audience. You cut all of it out, it’s just that and that. And then all these fuckers get in a way, like Spotify suddenly trying to become the gatekeepers to the whole process,” said Yorke.

“We don’t need you to do it. No artists needs you to do it. We can build the shit ourselves, so fuck off. But because they’re using old music, because they’re using the majors… the majors are all over it because they see a way of re-selling all their old stuff for free, make a fortune, and not die.”

At times, apart from the odd musician speaking out against Spotify, we feel we’re ploughing a lonely furrow here at Aurovine with our direct band to fan model, so it’s encouraging for Yorke to come out with such strong opinions.

You can listen to the audio from the interview below:



5 thoughts on “Thom Yorke calls Spotify ‘the last desperate fart of a dying corpse’

  1. Reply Naomi Neuts Oct 8,2013 9:31 pm

    We’ve recently decided to not go with Spotify and other streaming services, because we didn’t feel it would benefit us. It felt like it would benefit someone else. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

    • Reply Ken Oct 8,2013 9:39 pm

      There are certainly ‘dark forces’ at work, the most telling indictment being the refusal to divulge any meaningful financial data relating to revenue distribution.

  2. Reply Jonny Ross Oct 9,2013 4:11 pm

    Yet all of Radiohead’s music is on spotify.. If he hated it that much couldn’t he pull it off there?

    • Reply Ken Oct 9,2013 5:35 pm

      He can’t remove those Radiohead albums as they are part of a previous licensing deal with EMI music. Not good to be on a major label really these days as you are basically signing your life away.

  3. Reply Rotten Oct 15,2013 11:57 am

    As if Radiohead are something… yeah they are for the ones who think they’re ‘intellectual alternatives’, so sick and tired of this kind of music and people too…

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