Queste le parole di Otep Shamaya sulla situazione dell'industria musicale...
As far as the industry is concerned, it’s a company. A corporation. Their job is to make money. My job as an artist is to go over the edge; to find the edge, go over it, look over it, teeter over it. You can’t fault a lot of the industry. They think, “Extreme music and underground bands, their fans just pirate their music — but the fans over here, they actually buy music. I can lay off half my staff who love music and build their lives in this way, or I can find bands that actually sell, the company makes money, and I can pay my staff.'
So it’s a weird place to be in, defending the companies for their choices, when it’s just as simple as the fans need to buy the music that they love instead of going to YouTube or, or whatever. Even going to spots like Pandora or Spotify, at least when you utilize those, pennies are generated.
You go to any A&R today and say, “I got this great act. Crazy lesbian frontwoman; she screams and does poetry.” They would say, “Oh, great. Good luck with that.” Capitol Records gave me a shot and took a chance on me. Now you gotta produce results immediately in order to survive. You know, you have bands like Korn and NIN and Radiohead saying that it’s okay to pirate. Okay, but you guys have already sold, like, millions of records and have stock. You’re not a working-class band. That’s what pirating hurts the most. It helps exposure for unknown bands, doesn’t affect the big bands. But it affects the middle-class bands.