Radiohead Manager Supports Spotify

"It’s not easy but it’s great to have the dialogue."
Radiohead

Radiohead co-manager Brian Message has come out in support of Spotify after comments from Thom Yorke about the service.

In one fell swoop, Thom Yorke re-ignited the debate over streaming new music. Pulling his solo material from Spotify, the Radiohead singer sparked a wave of comment with long time producer and collaborator Nigel Godrich backing him to the hilt.

Arguing that the service is detrimental to new music, Thom Yorke removed 'The Eraser' and Atoms For Peace' recent LP 'Amok' from the service. Now, though, Radiohead co-manager Brian Message has entered the fray with a different perspective.

Interviewed on BBC Newsnight (via Music Week), Message explained that "a whole range of managers look at new technology developments such as Spotify as a good thing".

Continuing, the ATC Management executive said: "Streaming services are a new way for artists and fans to engage. 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."

Brian Message then added that he respected Thom Yorke for opening up the debate. "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" he explained.

"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 monetise those (platforms) for the artists we represent. It’s not easy but it’s great to have the dialogue."

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