German DJ and electronic music producer Skee Mask has withdrawn his catalog from music streaming giant Spotify.
Last year Skee Mask released their album Pool physically and digitally, minus the streaming platforms.
He took to social media to announce his reasoning behind his music withdrawal, citing that Spotify is giving its money to “war development” instead of “actual advancement in the music business.”
“Done, all my shit is gone from Spotify …” Skee Mask wrote. “I have nothing against streaming in general, it’s one of the many ways to make music even more accessible! For me it’s about how much / less the creators behind the music receive in terms of value. , respect or space. I’m aware that almost all (big) streaming companies play the game the same way Spotify does these days, but that’s not the point. “
Skee Mask’s statement ends by saying that he will again make his music available on the platform “as soon as [Spotify] begins (in a way) to become honest and respectful to the creators of music. “
The European investment firm of Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, Prima Materia, announced a massive investment of 100 million euros to fund Helsing, an AI-based security company whose mission is to “protect liberal democracies.”
“We believe that software – and, in particular, artificial intelligence – will be the key ability to protect liberal democracies from harm,” the Helsing website read. “Our ambition is to achieve global technological leadership in real-time information processing, transforming unstructured sensor data into an informational advantage for democratic governments. “
Dario Zenker, executive of the Munich record company Ilian Tape, confirmed the removal of the entire imprint catalog, which includes music by Skee Mask, Stenny and Katatonic Silentio, among others. Find the label’s music via Band camp and their website.