Angus Finlayson speaks to Avalon Emerson, Mat Dryhurst, Marta Salogni and others about the impact of streaming services on artists.
Dance music is a multi-billion dollar industry, yet there's never been so much debate over where all that money goes. The inequality of the scene's wealth distribution is now a hot topic, especially among producers. While their music is the engine of the scene, their traditional revenue streams have steadily dwindled, leaving them in an ever-more precarious state. Considered against a precipitous rise in DJ fees and the paradigm shift toward streaming services, it's not hard to see how electronic producers are in crisis.
In the first of a two-part series for The Hour, DJ, producer and journalist Angus Finlayson unpacks the factors that led to this state of affairs, and explores how the scene could work toward a more equitable model. He speaks to renowned engineer Marta Salogni, electronic producer Xin, artist and educator Mat Dryhurst, Buy Music Club founders Louis Centre and Avalon Emerson, and Liz Pelly, a journalist who has written extensively on the topic of streaming services' impact on musicians.
You can read a written version of the podcast in today's feature.
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