FRIDAY 14 OCTOBER 2016
TODAY'S TOP STORY: The recently formed FanFair Alliance has accused the Q Awards of aiding secondary ticketing platform StubHub by allowing the eBay company to "buy legitimacy". Secondary ticketing is quite the bugbear in the music industry at the moment, you may have noticed. There is a school of thought that large portions of tickets for in demand live shows being bought... [READ MORE]
 
TODAY'S APPROVED: Seventeen years ago, I was there at Fabric for the opening festivities. And now it's closed. Those memories they can never take, but the club itself - of course - has indeed been taken away from us by over-zealous licensing officials. Yet the show must go on, so until those doors are opened again, Fabric is taking to the road. Let us unite and hope we can rescue this truly... [READ MORE]
 
BEEF OF THE WEEK: Artists getting into bed with brands to get stuff done is now an accepted part of the modern music industry. As are - for the moment, at least - exclusives on certain digital music platforms. Is any of this a good thing? Well, that's the debate. Former Antony & The Johnsons vocalist Anohni doesn't think so, saying in an interview this week that working with Apple... [READ MORE]
 
CMU PODCAST: CMU's Andy Malt and Chris Cooke review key events in music and the music business from the last week, including Amazon's new streaming music service, warnings that the Isle Of Wight Festival may be cancelled in 2017, and Insane Clown Posse's take on the sinister clown craze taking over the US and now the world. The CMU Podcast is sponsored by 7digital. [READ MORE]
 
CMU TRENDS: Last week the MMF launched Part Two of its 'Dissecting The Digital Dollar' report, summarising a series of roundtable debates it staged to discuss the issues raised in Part One. Once again CMU Insights produced the report, and here CMU's Chris Cooke provides his take on the key findings in Part Two. CMU Trends articles are available to premium subscribers... [READ MORE]
TOP STORIES FanFair Alliance calls out Q Awards over StubHub sponsorship
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LEGAL RIAA submits its annual piracy snitch list
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LIVE BUSINESS Universal invests in P2P ticketing platform StreetTeam
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DIGITAL & D2F SERVICES Shazam partners with Vadio to add video
Maximum Pop launches fan project platform
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ARTIST NEWS Frank Iero and band "pretty banged up but miraculously alive" following tour bus crash
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GIGS & FESTIVALS Cooking vinyl announces 30th anniversary gigs, boxset and book
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AWARDS Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for literature
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ONE LINERS RZA, The King Blues, Spotify, more
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AND FINALLY... CMU Beef Of The Week #327: Anohni v Apple
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OUTPOST MEDIA - ONLINE PR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE (LONDON)
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Working across a wide range of high profile blue chip clients in the home entertainment, FMCG and music markets, the creative team covers all areas of creative design, from packaging for all musical formats as well as POS and Shopper journeys to ATL,TTL, BTL, experiential and brand strategy. The creative team is split into four design pillars; Concept; Design; Creative Artwork; Structural Design.

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RSK ENTERTAINMENT - LABEL & LOGISTICS ASSISTANT (NEWBURY)
Sales, marketing and distribution company RSK Entertainment requires a Label & Logistics Assistant to cover a range of administrative duties, including the co-ordination and creation of sales information, liaising with labels, PRs and pluggers, various weekly reporting, digital release co-ordination and physical stock ordering. There will also be a junior label manager aspect to the role.

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PITCH & SYNC/SYNC+ - GENERAL MANAGER (LONDON)
We are looking for a forward thinking and dynamic General Manager that will join our growing music synchronisation business operating across advertising, brand and fashion sectors. You will be responsible for building creative strategies, creating new business opportunities and servicing an existing client base, ensuring that the combined businesses are financially successful and build on their reputations as leaders in their fields.

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MATADOR RECORDS - PUBLICIST (LONDON)
Matador Records is expanding its London staff and are seeking a publicist. The successful candidate will not only work on existing Matador projects, but will also manage the various external PR companies that we already work with.

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MATADOR RECORDS - CREATIVE & MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
Matador Records is expanding its London staff and are seeking a member of staff who will be their Marketing and Creative Manager. This newly created position is designed to act as a creative link between our US and UK offices, to develop marketing plans for every release, and help to implement a worldwide plan.

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MATADOR RECORDS - LABEL CO-ORDINATOR/JUNIOR PRODUCT MANAGER (LONDON)
Matador Records is expanding its London staff and are seeking a junior member of staff. Duties will include helping to co-ordinate the label's busy release schedule, liaising directly with artists, managers and agents, compiling various weekly reports, and taking on some junior project management.

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KILIMANJARO - TICKETING PROJECT MANAGER (LONDON)
Kilimanjaro Live is recruiting a Ticketing Project Manager to join its existing team of two. The individual will take full responsibility for specific shows and tours from set-up, through the sales period and to settlement post show.

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ROBOMAGIC - MARKETING MANAGER (LONDON)
A dynamic and enthusiastic Marketing Manager is required to join an expanding team in a 360 music company that produces and promotes various shows, tours and festivals as well as managing artists. The role is to oversee the marketing department and create and implement marketing plans for all shows, events and artists.

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Management Accountant required for a successful independent record label with turnover of around £6 million and fifteen staff based in central London.

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New State Entertainment Ltd is looking for a Receptionist/Admin Assistant to support the label management and production teams of this busy record label. The right candidate will be an enthusiastic, self-motivated and organised person with good admin and excellent communication skills who works well under pressure and has a can do attitude.

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CHUFF MEDIA - REGIONAL PRESS OFFICER (LONDON)
Chuff Media are on the hunt for a regional press officer to come and join our team in E17. Ideally you will have a minimum two years experience in print, live and/or online music PR and be capable of hitting the ground running, having already worked or be working campaigns across major and indie labels including touring acts.

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The position of Manager, Digital Accounts is responsible for generating revenue growth at key accounts in the digital music industry in the UK and Europe. You will work closely with label representatives, marketing information and various data sources to ensure maximum visibility for our key projects.

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A guide to upcoming events from and involving CMU, including seminars, masterclasses and conference sessions from CMU Insights and workshops from CMU:DIY, plus other events where CMU journalists are speaking or moderating.
 
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FanFair Alliance calls out Q Awards over StubHub sponsorship
The recently formed FanFair Alliance has accused the Q Awards of aiding secondary ticketing platform StubHub by allowing the eBay company to "buy legitimacy".

Secondary ticketing is quite the bugbear in the music industry at the moment, you may have noticed. There is a school of thought that large portions of tickets for in demand live shows being bought up before people who actually intend to go can get to them, and said tickets then being resold at massively inflated prices, is a bad thing.

So, a few eyebrows were raised when StubHub was named as the new sponsor of the Q Awards last month. Q magazine's annual back-slapping bash is already a relatively well-regarded event in the music industry calendar, and this new sponsorship cash is allowing the ceremony to expand this year and become more high profile - inviting in an audience of normal folks off the street, instead of just industry people looking for a free meal. Which meant a few more eyebrows were raised. Industry people hate the public looking at them while they eat.

Those who reckon that secondary ticketing is a force for bad started whispering that it was a bit shitty of the Q Awards to take money from a clearly controversial sponsor. Though Bauer Advertising MD Abby Carvosso was quick to reassure everyone that "the StubHub partnership will deliver a deep cultural connection with an audience of engaged music lovers in a unique multi-platform deal spanning both Q and [also Bauer owned] Absolute Radio".

StubHub's Global Marketing Director Charles Davies also offered some calming words: "At StubHub, we love it when an already successful concept develops into something even bigger and better. We want to help fans get to the events that they want to see and we're proud to be giving fans the opportunity to experience The StubHub Q Awards live at the legendary Roundhouse".

So, you see, there really is nothing to worry about. It's just a brand association that will allow an existing event to reach a wider audience and take over an iconic live music venue. And most of all, it's all being done for the fans.

Though eyebrows remained raised. And all this is happening just as the anti-tout brigade has got itself much more organised. There have been certain industry figures and MPs criticising the rise of industrial ticket touting for some time of course, though - after some initial efforts to rally on the issue in the early days of online ticket reselling - until recently the campaign against the secondary market was mainly different people and organisations all sighing grumpily at different times. But earlier this summer that sighing was consolidated into a new industry pressure group, the FanFair Alliance.

Issuing a statement on the Q Awards sponsorship as nominees were announced yesterday, FanFair said: "StubHub is a business complicit with harbouring professional ticket touts, ripping off fans and extracting millions of pounds each year from the UK's music economy".

It continued: "The company's sponsorship of the 2016 Q Awards - now The StubHub Q Awards - comes at a particularly sensitive time, during an ongoing compliance review of secondary ticketing by the Competition & Markets Authority and with government due to respond to the recommendations of Professor Michael Waterson that would help clean up a notoriously under-regulated sector".

This, of course, refers to the government's recent review of the secondary ticketing market, and how new regulation brought in through the Consumer Rights Act is being implemented (or not, as is more often the case).

"As the FanFair Alliance we have very real concerns that this partnership is simply an attempt by StubHub to buy legitimacy", the statement concludes. "We will be writing to the managers of nominated artists to further highlight these concerns, as well as the damage that industrial-scale online ticket touting is having on the wider music business".

So, there you go, the threat of a mass exodus of artists and their managers from the guestlist of the event. Although that does mean there will be a few spare seats. More room for The Fans, right? Why just boycott the show when you can make a little spare cash too? Hey, angry artists, don't just be a no show, why not sell that ticket? Quick! To StubHub!

Unfortunately, no. CMU spoke to one person who had already attempted this ruse - selling their ticket to the event on the very secondary ticketing platform sponsoring it - only to be told by StubHub that "there are some events that only allow people to list [tickets for sale] after the primary sellers have sold out".

Well, you've got to be fair, haven't you?

RIAA submits its annual piracy snitch list
The Recording Industry Association Of America has submitted its input into this year's 'notorious markets' review, the annual report that informs the Office Of The US Trade Representative on intellectual property issues, in particular with a view to identifying which countries are basically assisting IP infringers.

With old foes like vKontakte and KickassTorrents no longer on the RIAA's hit list - the former having gone legit, the latter having gone down - the RIAA's submission is a handy guide to alternative sources of free music content. No wait, I mean it's an important summary of the websites that continue to hinder the growth of the digital music market, and which must be stamped out by The Man.

As previously reported, the music industry's anti-piracy brigade have recently put stream-ripping sites to the top of their gripe list. Apps and websites that make it really simple for people to convert, say, a YouTube stream into an MP3 download have been an issue for sometime now, but trade groups like RIAA, the UK's BPI and globally focused IFPI are now prioritising this particular brand of piracy sites, with the recently announced litigation against YouTube-mp3.org the first strike in this latest phase of the long-running online piracy war.

In addition to all the stream-ripping talk, and the list of the biggest piracy hubs online, the RIAA's latest piracy paper also discusses some of the issues with tracking, locating and tackling piracy sites in 2016, including the kind of domain hopping that we've seen The Pirate Bay in particular employ in recent years (so as soon as rights owners block one domain, the service pops up at a new address), plus anonymous domain name registrations and the use of reverse proxy services like CloudFlare.

The RIAA writes: "BitTorrent sites, like many other pirate sites, are increasingly turning to Cloudflare, because routing their site through Cloudflare obfuscates the IP address of the actual hosting provider, masking the location of the site ... the use of Cloudflare's services can also act to frustrate site-blocking orders because multiple non-infringing sites may share a Cloudflare IP address with the infringing site".

While the RIAA is not directly taking aim at Cloudflare itself - it being a legitimate internet services company - it seems likely that it, and similar service providers, will be facing calls from the music industry to be more proactive in stopping piracy set-ups utilising its platform.

Universal invests in P2P ticketing platform StreetTeam
P2P ticketing platform StreetTeam - created by the merger of The Physical Network and We Represent earlier this year - has raised $10 million in new finance.

While the new funding round has been led by the likes of Spring Partners, Frontline Ventures and Kindred, one strategic investor in the company is Universal Music. The major has dabbled in ticketing projects before with the Gig Buddy venture, while parent company Vivendi owns a number of ticketing businesses, including See Tickets.

StreetTeam works by identifying the influential fans of an artist and providing them with tools to sell tickets and other products to their friends in exchange for rewards. The company now works with over 150 clients, and says it has sold over 200,000 tickets.

Leila Rastegar Zegna of one of those new investors, Kindred, told reporters: "StreetTeam uses peer-to-peer marketing to enable brands to identify and manage large ambassador programmes at scale; empowering these advocates to spread their message to friends in a trusted, authentic, and personalised manner. We are delighted to have led StreetTeam's most recent funding round, and we believe they are well positioned to be the leading millennial sales force on a global basis".

Meanwhile StreetTeam co-founder Liam Negus-Fancey said: "We're really excited about this raise. We set out to build software which enables advocates to sell the products they love to their friends. StreetTeam has sold more than 200,000 tickets across fourteen countries and today's funding will enable us to continue our growth, as well as realise our ambitions to explore new verticals in the future".

Shazam partners with Vadio to add video
Shazam has partnered with music video distribution platform Vadio to add new curated video channels to its audio identification software. So when you identify a piece of music, you'll be able to watch a playlist of videos for other songs instead.

"We continually look for new ways to expand the way in which our users can discover music", says Shazam's Chief Revenue Officer Greg Glenday. "We want to give fans a great reason to spend more time with Shazam by giving them access to a rich and immersive music video experience. In turn, this creates new revenue opportunities for artists and, moreover, powerful ways of gaining exposure for brands".

Vadio CEO Bryce Clemmer adds: "Shazam is the quintessential destination for music discovery with hundreds of millions of global users. Adding an immersive music video experience enables Shazam's audience to engage with artists. By incorporating high quality video into Shazam, brands and artists can visually tell their stories to a global audience in ways not possible before on a major music destination".

As previously reported, earlier this year Warner Music signed up to Vadio to distribute its video content.

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Maximum Pop launches fan project platform
Pop music website Maximum Pop has launched a new 'fan project' service, via its Maximum Pop Labs offshoot. The site allows fans to create projects to show their support for an artist and get other fans involved, via a crowdfunding-style platform.

"As the UK's biggest pop culture site for Gen Z, we were aware that it was becoming more popular for influential fans to organise fan projects like tour signs and birthday books", explains Maximum Pop publisher Olly Meakings. "Like when thousands of French Justin Bieber fans held up signs saying 'Merci'. We wanted to create a platform for the listing, discovery and sharing of these projects, making them more popular, and giving influencers tools to mobilise fanbases more easily".

"We work directly with fans, as well as managements and labels, to list and promote existing projects and create new ones", he continues. "Fans are given the tools they need to participate - for example, posters to download - and share links to refer other fans. Our focus is on the best managed and most creative projects".

As the platform develops, Meakings sees it as "a way for managers and record labels to collect email addresses of participants, and a way for users to upload and comment on artwork for fan books. We're constantly monitoring user feedback and platform analytics to refine and prioritise our roadmap, with updates weekly".

Since launching Maximum Pop Labs earlier this year, the team have also launched a directory of popstar Snapchat usernames, a website dedicated to book events for young adults, and next week it will launch a Facebook Messenger bot that will update Five Seconds Of Summer fans on their upcoming TV, radio and online appearances.

Take a look at the Fan Projects platform here.

  Vigsy's Club Tip: #saveourculture at Great Suffolk Street Warehouse
Seventeen years ago, I was there at Fabric for the opening festivities. And now it's closed. Those memories they can never take, but the club itself - of course - has indeed been taken away from us by over-zealous licensing officials. Yet the show must go on, so until those doors are opened again, Fabric is taking to the road. Let us unite and hope we can rescue this truly seminal London club.

Tomorrow night sees the first of a series of #saveourculture nights, marking the seventeenth anniversary of Fabric's opening. Backed by an assortment of great club promoters, this night will take over the Great Suffolk Street Warehouse in Southwark, and there will be sets from Craig Richards, Ricardo Villalobos, Seth Troxler, Terry Francis, Ben Klock and Rødhåd.

All profits will be donated to Fabric's legal fund to fight its closure by Islington Council. So have some fun while chipping in to support this fight for our nightlife.

Saturday 15 Oct, Great Suffolk Street Warehouse, 29 Great Suffolk Strett, Southwark, London, SE1 0NS, £25, 10pm-6am. More info here.
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Frank Iero and band "pretty banged up but miraculously alive" following tour bus crash
Former My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero has assured fans that he, his new band and their crew are OK after a bus crashed into their tour van in Sydney. Frank Iero And The Patience were due to play a show in the city yesterday, which was cancelled following the accident.

According to 9 News, the bus was not carrying any passengers at the time, but two men were treated for serious injuries, with one airlifted to a nearby hospital. The incident occurred outside Twitter's Australian HQ, where the band were arriving for a live session performance.

In a tweet, Iero said: "We're pretty banged up but miraculously alive and in stable condition. I'm still in a state of shock".

Cooking vinyl announces 30th anniversary gigs, boxset and book
Cooking Vinyl has announced a series of live shows in December to mark its 30th anniversary. The indie music company will also release a 70 track boxset spanning the label's history, and a book titled 'It's a Business Doing Pleasure With You - 30 Lessons from The Cooking Vinyl Story'.

The three anniversary shows will all take place at The Lexington in London, dates and line-ups as follows:

5 Dec: Turin Brakes, Alison Moyet, Teddy Thompson
6 Dec: Lewis Watson, Reverend & The Makers' Jon McClure, The Subways' Billy Lunn
7 Dec: Billy Bragg, The King Blues' Itch, Hayseed Dixie's John Wheeler

Tickets are on sale via Songkick now.

Ticket buyers are also able to grab bundles including the 'Cooking Vinyl 1986 - 2016' boxset, which is due for release on 25 Nov. It features tracks from acts including Frank Black, Underworld, The Prodigy, Oysterband, Tom Robinson, Ron Sexsmith, Billy Bragg, Carter USM, Amanda Palmer, and more.

The book, 'It's a Business Doing Pleasure With You - 30 Lessons from The Cooking Vinyl Story', will be published early next year, with pre-orders being taken through Unbound. Written by Hanspeter Kuenzler, it breaks the story of the label down into 30 lessons. Which you probably guessed from the title. Well done.

All profits from all of this anniversary stuff will be donated to Hope Not Hate, Nordoff Robbins and Palestine Music Expo.

Bob Dylan wins Nobel Prize for literature
The Nobel Prize in Literature 2016 has been awarded to Bob Dylan "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

The last of this year's Nobel Prize awards to be announced, organiser the Swedish Academy says of the musician: "Dylan has recorded a large number of albums revolving around topics such as: the social conditions of man, religion, politics and love. The lyrics have continuously been published in new editions, under the title 'Lyrics'. As an artist, he is strikingly versatile; he has been active as painter, actor and scriptwriter".

"Besides his large production of albums, Dylan has published experimental work like 'Tarantula' in 1971 and the collection 'Writings and Drawings' in 1973", it continues. "He has written an autobiography, 'Chronicles', which depicts memories from the early years in New York and which provides glimpses of his life at the centre of popular culture. Since the late 1980s, Bob Dylan has toured persistently, an undertaking called the 'Never-Ending Tour'. Dylan has the status of an icon. His influence on contemporary music is profound, and he is the object of a steady stream of secondary literature".

Yeah, so take that people who have slaved over actual literature. Maybe we should give a BRIT Award to Cormac McCarthy next year as some sort of cultural exchange.

RZA, The King Blues, Spotify, more

Other notable announcements and developments today...

• Wu-Tang chief RZA has signed with booking agency WME for bookings and all that jazz. Not that he's doing jazz now. The agency will also represent the Wu-Tang brand. For licensing and all that jazz. Not that they are doing jazz now. Though who knows what's on that single-copy album?

• The King Blues have signed a new worldwide deal with Cooking Vinyl. They'll also be heading out on tour early next year. Here's a little live teaser.

• Spotify co-founder Martin Lorentzon has stood down as the streaming firm's Chair. He will remain on the board of the company, while CEO Daniel Ek will now be Chair as well, an increasingly important role as the company ramps up for IPO. Let's all spend the weekend speculating what all this means.

• Wicksteed Works has published a newly updated version of its 'Which Platform?' report, comparing the features of seventeen direct-to-fan platforms. Access the report here.

• Kid Cudi has released the video for new single 'Frequency'. Watch it here.

• Danny Brown has released the video for latest single 'Pneumonia'. He'll be touring the UK next month.

• Blossoms have released a video for "fan favourite" 'Blown Rose'. They're touring in December too.

• Bill Turnbull off of the news and Classic FM and stuff is releasing a new three CD compilation of classical music titled 'Bill Turnbull's Relaxing Classics'. It'll be released through Sony Classical on 18 Nov.

• With an entirely sold out UK tour coming up later this month, Glass Animals have announced more shows in March. Here's the new video for 'Season Two, Episode Three'.

• Kings Of Leon will be touring the arenas of the United Kingdom in February. Their new album's out today, if that's your sort of thing.

• Matmos perform excerpts from composer Robert Ashley's TV opera, 'Perfect Lives', at Milton Hall in London on 23 Oct. Here's a trailer for the show.

• Trentemøller will play a number of UK shows in January, including at the Electric Ballroom in London on 28 Jan.

• Want some more music to listen to? Check out our playlists on Spotify.

CMU Beef Of The Week #327: Anohni v Apple
Artists getting into bed with brands to get stuff done is now an accepted part of the modern music industry. As are - for the moment, at least - exclusives on certain digital music platforms. Is any of this a good thing? Well, that's the debate.

Former Antony & The Johnsons vocalist Anohni doesn't think so, saying in an interview this week that working with Apple on the video for her 'Drone Bomb Me' single left her feeling "like a house cat that had been declawed".

The video, which was released last month on Apple Music, features model Naomi Campbell, largely in close-up, lip-syncing to the song - "a love song from the perspective of a girl in Afghanistan, say a nine year old girl whose family's been killed by a drone bomb", Anohni told Annie Mac on Radio 1 earlier this year.

A simple question about stage design in an interview with The Creative Independent, published this week, led to a pretty epic rant on the realities of the music industry in 2016, focussing in large part on what it's like to work with Apple.

"It's hard to maintain your composure and your dignity, often times. I honestly don't know what to say about it", says Anohni. "I think it is an increasingly difficult system, the music thing. It's just gotten worse and worse over the last fifteen years. The income streams of musicians have all been upstreamed into the pockets of computer corporations. Sound recordings are little more than free crackerjacks inside every computer or cellphone that you buy".

Of the 'Drone Bomb Me' video, she explains: "It was an experiment and a challenge for me. The record companies can't afford to advance the whole cost for making the record anymore, let alone pay for an ambitious video. So after a lot of hemming and hawing I agreed to work with Apple on the video. I wanted the video to have a wider reach, and only Apple could offer me the resources to do so".

"No one got paid to do that video except the hairdresser", she continues. "The whole thing was done basically for free, just to make a product that we were then obliged to rent exclusively to Apple for a fraction of what they would had to have paid for it if they had framed it as an advertisement, which is of course what it was, though I didn't want to admit it at the time".

Dubbing Apple "the McDonalds of consumer high tech whose wealth was largely pilfered from what was once a biodiverse music industry", she adds: "All of us pitching in as if we were working for a charity, and Apple, one of the biggest companies in the world, walks [away] with an ad. I felt like a house cat that had been declawed. Those are the terms of engagement now in the music industry. We really get what we deserve. I am sure we are already at a point where we are forfeiting important artistic voices as a consequence of this".

Sure, selling out is a normal part of any artists' day now. But is it really that bad? Is there a bright side? "Vinyl sales went up 3% this year, or whatever", notes Anohni. "But we have been played, it's just the truth. It's manifest destiny. And consumers have been conveniently deceived in thinking that paying musicians for their recordings is a scam. Everyone has literally bitten the Apple; no one is connecting the fact that they no longer spend any money on recordings with the fact that they give all their money to the companies making the machines that consumers use to steal the recordings. No one sits with that equation. If you even mention it you risk ostracism".

So it's probably fair to say that Anohni is not particularly down with streaming. Though it's not all doom and gloom. Maybe she should give the 'Dissecting The Digital Dollar' report a read. Was that a plug? Yeah, probably. But you've got to hawk your free-to-access content where you can, haven't you?

Still, says Anohni, "there are kids out there that have had viral hits that didn't even make a month's rent", and all this means that "there's a tiny clutch of people at the top who are still selling recordings, the ones with enough wealth and power to reinvent the wheel each time they release an album. But you can kiss the independent music industry goodbye".

I'm not sure the independent music industry received that memo yet. Sorry guys, it's over for you. I liked this rant a lot more when it was all about how working with brands to fund art is a bad thing. Which it is. I know I said that was still a debate, but I was lying.

A couple of days after the interview was published, Anohni released a new video for 'I Don't Love You Anymore'. The video could, if you wanted to, be described as a low budget version of the 'Drone Bomb Me' clip - featuring Anohni in close-up, lip-syncing, with none of the frills that Apple's money afforded. I did get an unskippable pre-roll advert for M&Ms when I hit play on it on YouTube though.

 
ANDY MALT | Editor
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