In a recent interview on Finland’s Kaaos TV, TWISTED SISTER vocalist Dee Snider was asked to comment on the recent remark from Spotify CEO Daniel Elk that artists “can’t record music once every three to four years and think that’s going to be enough.”
“Well, first of all, I’m blessed being a heritage band. I have sold many albums and we have licensing — we get to do major licensing deals for ‘I Wanna Rock,’ ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It,’ where young bands don’t get that,” he responded. “I do radio and I do television, I’m blessed to be able to do many, many things, so I’m not in the position of these other bands and artists, and I feel for them because for many of them, all they have is live performing – they don’t have any other revenue stream.
“As far as that Spotify bullet-head a—hole goes, I really pay no attention,” he continued. “The exploitation of the artists has been going on forever — from the record companies, concert promoters, Spotify, and all these other avenues, they’re just other versions.
“There’s been the business people, and there’s been the artists. And the artists are the creatives, the sensitive people, they’re not very business-minded, and there’s been non-talented, non-creative garbage that has stolen robbed and exploited the artist since the beginning of time, and it continues.
Snider added: “I don’t know that assh—le’s name; he says something like, ‘Hey, you want to make more money? Put out more music,’ like it’s bottled Coca-Cola or something, like, ‘Oh, we need more Coca-Cola. OK, step up production, make more bottles of Coca-Cola.'”