I have just received my latest statement from my distributor. I usually don't go through the list dissecting how much per song per online company, but this time i decided to and it's a good job i did. It's a little late for all the free music that people have been downloading from my album that i have worked my arse over, so it's better late than never to stop this from happening now and in the future.
For example Spotify are paying me per song streamed £0.001816, can someone explain to me what fraction of one penny are they paying me per song? In short, they are not paying the artist. Spotify will dispute this with the fact that they are paying the artist 'something', but come on, this is an insult!
It takes on average 1 - 2 years to create an album, some even take longer (U2 for example, but then they can) this includes the development of the sound, writing tons of material only to put together around 10 songs to create an album. This takes a lot of dedication and time to do this (not unless you are on X Factor where the album is already there waiting for you to sing the ghost track already laid down in the studio).
After this, if you are financially backing yourself (as nowadays labels expect you to) you have to pay for a radio plugger, arrange magazine reviews, pay for advertising in magazines so they will interview you (yes this does happen believe me) etc etc., and if you have loads of money pay a PR company to get you on TV.
You will pay for all these people that need to get on board to make your hard work successful, after all they need a wage so they can live. So how is the musician meant to live if companies like Spotify do not actually pay a realistic respectable amount to the musician so he/she can feed themselves?
The artist is always at the bottom being stuffed and ripped off . This is common knowledge,This has to stop.
I have informed my distributor to pull my music from Spotify to stop all my hard work being given away for free.
I urge you not to encourage this. Would you go to work for no pay?
Micci Lou x
"Gritty and engaging synth pop" The Electricity Club - March 2018
"A one woman electronic powerhouse" Electronic Sound Magazine