Spotify rules the streaming music world, although not everyone agrees that's a good thing. Has Spotify made it impossible for artists to make a living, or is the best thing to ever happen to them? In the episode, we talk with Sandy Smallens, who for the past 4 1/2 years was the Head of Artist Marketing and Original Content at Spotify. As the former bassist for 90's indie rock darlings Too Much Joy AND one of the first guys to run a new media department at a major label, Sandy has a rare ability to look at the digital music business from a multitude of perspectives. We dive deep into how Spotify has changed the landscape for artists and labels, and the controversy around artist compensation in streaming services. We chat about how artist development worked in the old days versus now. We lament the passing of the great NYC indie record store, Other Music, AND we play a round of the game "Marry, F**k, Kill" with YouTube, Freemium and Downloads as the contestants. AND Sandy tells us about his rad new podcast storytelling company, Audiation. This episode KILLS!
Bands we mention in this podcast: G.L.O.S.S. (Sandy is very happy their music is BACK on Spotify) girlslivingoutsidesocietysshit.bandcamp.com
WUSSY is from Cincinnati, NOT CLEVELAND. wussy.ella.net
PUFF PIECES: puffpieces.bandcamp.com/releases