Musician and digital activist David Lowery has given an interview talking about his campaigns for artists and songwriters to be better rewarded for streams of their work. “I’m seen as a digital critic, but I don’t think that’s really fair. I’m really a critic of how the digital realm pays artists,” he told VentureBeat. “It’s more of a labour dispute. It’s like if we were the coal miners in the coal mine.
It’s not that we’re against the coal mine. We just want to be paid better.” Lowery has been a prominent critic of Spotify and Pandora on the Trichordist blog, and also wrote a report on unlicensed use of lyrics online that had a notable impact – within weeks, the largest site on his list (Rap Genius, as it was at the time) had announced its first deal. “My entire career has been highly dependent on technology and the web,” he told VentureBeat, of his own band Cracker. “Bands have been web-enabled since ’92, ’93. And really, we’ve been a web-based business since 1999 or 2000.”