Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich quit Spotify

Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich have removed their music from Spotify claiming that the service ‘is bad for new music’.

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 15 Jul 2013
  • min read
Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich have removed music from Spotify claiming that the streaming and subscription service ‘is bad for new music’.

The latter took to Twitter to announce that Thom Yorke’s solo album Eraser, Atoms for Peace’s Amok and Nigel’s own Ultraísta debut are no longer available on the site.

In a series of tweets, Nigel said: ‘The reason is that new artists get paid fuck all with this model. It's an equation that just doesn't work … the music industry is being taken over by the back door … and if we don't try and make it fair for new music producers and artists ... then the art will suffer. Make no mistake. These are all the same old industry bods trying to get a stranglehold on the delivery system.

‘The numbers don't even add up for Spotify yet ... But it's not about that ... It's about establishing the model which will be extremely valuable …  meanwhile small labels and new artists can't even keep their lights on. It's just not right.’

Thom Yorke also tweeted to join in with Nigel’s explanation saying: ‘Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will not get paid. Meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it. Simples.’

A number of musicians have joined in on the social networking website to voice their support for the pair.

Kieran Hebden, also known as electronica artist Four Tet, tweeted: ‘I had everything on my label taken off [Spotify]. Don't want to be part of this crap.’

The likes of Led Zeppelin, The Beatles and AC/DC do not feature their music on Spotify.

Atoms for Peace will be performing three live gigs at London’s Roundhouse 24-26 July.

Find out more on how to get tickets from the London Roundhouse website.