Thom Yorke and Radiohead might be one of the biggest bands, well, of all time, but that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten what it feels like to start from the bottom. Actually, he remembers so well, he just pulled all his Atoms for Peace music and solo work from the Spotify playlists in a move of solidarity with new and underpaid artists.
He and his close friend, producer and Atoms for Peace collaborator Nigel Goodrich explain their reasoning via Pitchfork:
In a series of tweets, Godrich explained that the move is in protest of Spotify’s business model. “The reason is that new artists get paid fuck all with this model. It’s an equation that just doesn’t work,” he writes.
Yorke added, “Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will not get paid. meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it. Simples.”
Goodrich continued that such a move was vital to the protection of creativity in music.
“If people had been listening to spotify instead of buying records in 1973… I doubt very much if [Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon] would have been made.. It would just be too expensive.”
Let’s see if this move sparks any similar action from other artists.