Band Quiet Company says Internet Has Made Things Worse for Artists “New Boss is Worse Than Old Boss”

A decade into the snake oil and lies of the empowered internet musician the truth bares itself out over and over again. In a recent case study the band Quiet Company said of their promotional experiment with Grooveshark in an interview with Digital Trends,

“I think for years now, as far as back as [Quiet Company] has been together, people have been talking about how different the music industry is and how the Internet has changed everything and how we’re all looking for a new model.”

“After everything, I’m not sure there is a new model. The old model is still the model, it’s just that the Internet made it way worse.”

We’re not surprised in the least as we’ve previously noted how Grooveshark’s infringement based business model could easily be described as “Notice and Shakedown.” Even tech progressive artists such as Zoë Keating have struggled with the service. Zoë could not get her music removed from the site after issuing at least six DMCA notices to Grooveshark.

So it’s strange to us despite there being near universal agreement on just how bad this service is for artists that some people still don’t get it. Of course these always seem to be the same people that defend every other service that rips off musicians and pays them nothing like The Pirate Bay.

One tech blog actually said after the Pirate Bay verdict, “The folks this will hurt the most are those content creators who actually do value The Pirate Bay.” But we doubt that as it’s not like there aren’t tons opportunities for artists to give away their work willing, with consent, should they so chose. What we find most disturbing is why the choice of consent to give away one’s work should be forcefully take from them by companies who are profiting from advertising revenue?

It’s all pretty simple. Artists need to get paid and so many of these so called “new models” seem to be built on the “new model” of not paying artists anything at all, or next to nothing at all. Again, from Digital Trends,

But now the contract is up and not being renewed, because – you guessed it – a monetization strategy couldn’t be found for Grooveshark. “We were the test monkeys,” says Osbon.

Once again we see that The New Boss is Worse Than The Old Boss, indeed. We’re not surprised, we know there’s a lot of money being made on the internet in music distribution, it’s just not being “shared” with musicians. So once again we ask where are all of these self empowered, independent new middle class musicians? The answer is, like most things where the truth is self evident, they just don’t exist.

2 thoughts on “Band Quiet Company says Internet Has Made Things Worse for Artists “New Boss is Worse Than Old Boss”

  1. Excellent article! I’ll throw in my 3 cents (which is more than I’ve received from any streaming royalties from my last effort in 2003, but still gets played). As one of the ‘middle class’ musicians/songwriters/composers, and I use middle class loosely, because i actually fall far below what most would consider middle class, I have to face the notion that I may not want to let this business model of the industry destroy my love of music. I have been thinking about it hard for the past year, since especially following these blogs from David Lowry, Chris Castle, VoxIndie, and many others: I won’t stop creating stuff, but I will stop publishing and releasing. All artist create because they just can’t help themselves. It’s part of their make-up, their reason for waking up each morning in many cases. But we don’t have to show anyone a damn thing, ESPECIALLY if we are being turned into slaves and whores. It has never, ever been this bad since I became part of the music industry. And it’s not truly nesesary that I stay a part of it. I didn’t get into this for fame and fortune. That would be considered a happy accident, the gravy for my efforts of just trying to make a decent living. I hope that all content creators/songwriters/composers musicians would just stop lying to themselves about being able to make this better, and stop feeding the Monster. Stop publishing. It’s not even really ‘going on strike’. That in itself is just more participation in a failed business model, i.e., digital downloads. Someone is either going to really make it worth our while to show music ‘fans’ what we are doing, and allow them to purchase it at a fair price, or just go bugger off. Simple.

  2. David,
    Love your blog, and am a fan of your bands.
    Also love listening to your various interviews and talks/commentary… if i may pose a suggestion: A repository of all your interviews/podcasts (or at least a collection of links to) on the side bar of the Trichordist. I think this blog is a great resource to musicians and creatives both working and aspiring. Adding links to your podcast interviews/ect. would be a great (and IMO worthwhile) addition to this awesome education of things currently on the minds of us all.
    Thanks for what you do, and for speaking up when most remain silent. Keep up the good work

    as for the topic of this post: i don’t know how Grooveshark can get away with their blatant theft. At the very least they could pay a compulsory license.. it’s not that hard to do. I don’t believe anyone i know has ever received a dime from them, though their/our music is there for the taking (not our choice). At the end of the day, Copyright is about choice… sadly there are those who literally profit from stifling that choice.

Comments are closed.