Scooter Braun, Will.i.am, Amanda Palmer and More Argue for Artists’ Role in the Music Industry During Inaugural ‘Disruptor’ Talk | Billboard
Braun said the biggest problem tech companies have is not showing enough respect to artists. “If artists aren’t in the know, they are going to kick your ass. And I learned that as a manger.” He recalls sitting with “the three biggest artists on YouTube” at an event celebrating the launch of Vevo and asking, “’Did anyone from Vevo call you guys?’ They said no. And no one called me either.” Braun said that, because the industry is focused on short term goals, conversations on behalf of the artistic community aren’t happening. Jones of Vevo says “We want to be what the artists want. But the ultimate aim is: We’re trying to monetize a business and trying to do that the best way we can.”
The artists on the panel were eager to let companies know how they could be better serviced. “If Shazam connected to Spotify, connected to Songkick, if they all connected to each other and then could give artists that information, then we could really be empowered and choose how we navigate through this brave new world,” said Imogen Heap, later adding that she would be willing to go online once a week to just talk through these issues with technology companies and labels.