This article originally appeared on Performer Magazine.
Since its debut in the US in 2011, a lot has been written about Spotify and its effect on artists, labels, and the music industry at large. Many have derided the free streaming music service for its mysterious and seemingly stingy royalty system, while others have championed the easy exposure it can provide for DIY and independent bands. Some artists, including Thom Yorke, have spoken out against Spotify, and others such as The Black Keys have opted to prohibit some or all of their catalogue from being made available on the streaming music service. Meanwhile, artists like Moby seem to have accepted Spotify as a step in the process to the inevitable overhaul of the music industry.