Neil Young to Spotify Employees: "Get Out Before It Eats Up Your Soul"
"The goals stated by [CEO Daniel] Ek are about numbers — not art, not creativity"
Published Feb 07, 2022It's hard to believe that it's only been two weeks since the dawn of the momentous Neil Young vs. Spotify saga — but if you think it's lost steam at this point, think again: the legendary singer-songwriter continues to keep the ball rolling on criticizing the platform with a new open letter posted to the Neil Young Archives.
In today's dispatch, Young shares a message for both musicians and content creators, as well as employees of the streaming giant, regarding Spotify CEO Daniel Ek's intentions — alongside as a wider message for his fellow baby boomers.
"To the musicians and creators in this world, I say this: you must be able to find a better place than Spotify to be the home of your art," he wrote. "To the workers at Spotify, I say Daniel Ek is your big problem — not Joe Rogan. Ek pulls the strings. Get out of the place before it eats up your soul. The goals stated by Ek are about numbers — not art, not creativity.
He added: "Notice that Ek never mentions the medical professionals who started this conversation. Look, one last time, at the statements Ek has made."
Last week, Ek defended his decision to continue streaming Rogan's podcast, saying: "I think the important part here is that we don't change our policies based on one creator nor do we change it based on any media cycle, or calls from anyone else."
In a new internal letter to the company's staff, Ek also condemned Rogan's use of racist slurs while reaffirming that Spotify will not be deplatforming him. "I want to make one point very clear — I do not believe that silencing Joe is the answer," Ek wrote.
You can read the message from Young in full below.
In our communication age, misinformation is the problem. Ditch the misinformers. Find a good clean place to support with your monthly cheques. You have real power. Use it.
To the baby boomers, I say 70 percent of the country's financial assets are in your hands compared to about five percent for millennials. You and I need to lead.
In our age of climate chaos, I say ditch the companies contributing to the mass fossil fuel destruction of the earth.
For their continued funding of the fossil fuel damage even as the global temperature keeps climbing, I say take your money from the accounts of these American banks today:
Bank of America
Join me as I move my money away from the damage-causers, or you will unintentionally be one of them. You have the power to change the world. You and I can do it together. Your grandchildren will thank you in history.
To the musicians and creators in this world, I say this:
You must be able to find a better place than Spotify to be the home of your art.
To the workers at Spotify, I say Daniel Ek is your big problem — not Joe Rogan. Ek pulls the strings. Get out of the place before it eats up your soul. The goals stated by EK are about numbers — not art, not creativity.
Notice that Ek never mentions the medical professionals who started this conversation. Look, one last time, at the statements Ek has made.
Then be free and take the good path.
A week into the exodus — wherein artists like Joni Mitchell, India.Arie and Young's pals Crosby, Stills and Nash have followed suit and removed their music from the platform — last week, the artist directed fans to Amazon Music to listen to his catalogue.