Thom Yorke and Nigel Goodrich—the men behind Atoms For Peace and Radiohead—recently pulled their respective solo albums and recent collaborative album Amok off Spotify, along with publicly condemning the company’s payment system for artists in a series of tweets. After the initial outburst, Spotify responded yesterday defending themselves as a company that does everything in its power to promote new artists and is still in the process of streamlining their systems. Well, as if that wasn’t enough irons in the fire, now Radiohead’s co-manager Brian Message has come out in support of Spotify. Message spoke to BBC last night, saying that Spotify is “a good thing” and that “streaming services are a new way for artists and fans to engage.”
The rest of his message is transcribed below, or you can listen to the full interview below via Soundcloud.
“As a manager of Thom I obviously sit up and take note when he says, ‘Listen guys we need to look at how this works.’ It’s a healthy debate that’s going on right now. He’s rightly asking the question of, ‘What’s in this for new music and new artists?’ I think we’re all debating this. [But] as the model gets bigger I think we’ll find a place where artists and managers and all creators can all receive what they regard as equitable remuneration.
“It’s not black and white, it’s a complicated area. There’s been over 20 attempted reviews of Copyright and how it operates in the internet era, and there’s been no satisfactory solution to it. The bottom line is, technology is here to stay, and evolution of technology is always going to go on. It’s up to me as a manager to work with the likes of Spotify and other streaming services to best facilitate how we monetize those [platforms] for the artists we represent. It’s not easy but it’s great to have the dialogue.”