Why I Wrote a Song Called ‘Fuck You Spotify’

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Looks like Spotify pissed off the wrong artist.

The following comes from Brett Newski, an artist who channeled his frustrations against Spotify into a creative outlet.  Here’s why he wrote, ‘Fuck You Spotify’.  


“If piracy is George Bush, is Spotify Dick Cheney? We all have our opinions on streaming.

Spotify is probably not an inherently evil organization.  It’s pretty clear that the law will never be able to keep up with technology. The first people to create a new platform generally make the rules.  It doesn’t seem there will ever be “art police” and that’s just how it is.  It’s going to have to be ok.  We will persevere.

Spotify was the answer to piracy.  So it can’t be awll bad.  But are hardcore Spotify listeners really loyal music fans who appreciate creatives, or just passerbys looking for a free lunch?  Clearly artists do gain allies thru this platform, but so far it’s not putting bread on the table.  At some point we must surrender and put faith in the listener that they will love, share and eventually buy or music.

I’m not pissed off or broken about streaming, I just think it’s crucial we keep talking about how to make it better.

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While there may not be much cash money for artists, there are a few reasons to be optimistic.  Backend analytics on the company’s dashboard are becoming helpful for touring acts, as we are now able to see the cities with our biggest listenership.  Still, it proves to be tricky to translate these streaming supporters directly into concert ticket sales.

The real holy grail of Spotify is getting a song on one of their featured playlists, which can yield hundreds of thousands of new “fans”.  Easier said than done for the lil’ indie guys without a man on the inside.

Anyway, let’s stick together, keep our heads up, and have a unified chuckle at the long battle ahead.

So far, I haven’t heard of any artists taking a crack at this issue in song, so here’s a tune dedicated to all the creators of independent music out there…

7 Responses

  1. music stowaway

    It seems the older I become the more I realise that the landscape for the recorded music business is constantly changing and you have to learn to ride with those changes.

    Some crucial things still remain the same as it ever was..

    1. You still gotta have a great song
    2. You still need a dynamite production
    3. You have to have an artist or “project” that people will love
    4. You gotta have airplay, DJ play

    Those elements have been around for decades and really remain the same even though technology has moved on in leaps and bounds..

    Of course the Internet has changed an awful lot.. you can get your song/artist famous now with YouTube and Spotify, so these platforms are kind of like a new form of airplay.

    But at the end of the day you gotta have the right song/sound/artist to have a chance of cracking the charts and the big time.

    The tricky part of today is that there’s just so much competition out there (and so much rubbish too clogging up things..)
    that you have to be really great and shine above all the other stuff fighting for attention.

  2. Mike

    Am I truly alone in that I like and respect Spotify?
    As a user: Great format, especially considering ease of use and intelligent recommendation engine.
    (and p.s. you can select higher quality streaming in your settings)
    As a musician: I also like it!!!
    1. Gives me access to a 24/7 world-wide marketplace!
    2. Seems to be a meritocracy
    – I get the same treatment as John Mayer, even though I don’t deserve that(!)
    – If people type my name in, they find me, if they type his name in, they find him.
    (unlike Pandora which constantly drives you to “major artists”)
    3. Pays me more than the other services (a lot more….)
    * (not that I’m rich, but I don’t deserve to be)
    4. I’ve seen a lot of static about playlists lately. But they put me and some of my friends on without us asking, or them even contacting us… just did us a solid as part of their business model.
    5. You mentioned CD’s in your song….
    – Sorry, but stop making those!
    – They are expensive and terrible for the environment!
    6. We live in the greatest era ever for independent artists!
    – With a Mac, Logic and a decent interface you have more power to record, mix and master than Hendrix and the Beatles had.
    – With CD Baby (& other aggregators), you have world-wide distribution from your home studio!!!
    – With Spotify (and the other services) anybody, anywhere in the world can hear your music 24/7!
    7. Perhaps I am just too old, but when I was in my 20s, I was in some pretty good bands – But!
    – (Pro) recording was almost unreachable, $-wise.
    – Radio – forget about it, without serious payolla….
    – Placement in CD/Record stores – maybe(!) they had a local artist standup in the corner…
    – Then you had to deal with the tastemakers, print media etc…
    – Now, free(!) algos recommend music that listeners might like.
    * It is truly a great time to be an independant artist.
    * They (read the industry) used to be able to literally stop the little guys from making and releasing music. (period, at all).
    ** Now, we can literally side-step the entire industry and make as much music as our creativity allows.

  3. So 2012

    Dude, it ain’t trendy to shit on Spotify anymore. Where you been? This debate is done and settled.

    The irony is he put the song on SoundCloud (which pays nothing and streams at 128kbps whereas Spotify pays something and streams at 320kbps when selected – higher than iTunes mind you).

    • Paul Resnikoff

      Lot of truth to that comment.

      replied to while listening to Rüfüs du Sol.