Atoms For Peace to share sold out gig online
Radiohead's Thom Yorke and his new band Atoms For Peace are set to make their next gig available on new live gig sharing platform soundhalo. The news comes days after he blasted Spotify for ripping off new artists and removing his back catalogue. The services differ in that soundhalo sells live audio of gigs only and Spotify is a streaming service
Radiohead's Thom Yorke is making his next show available on new music sharing service soundhalo - just days after blasting Spotify and removing his whole back catalogue.
Later this month Yorke's band Atoms For Peace - consisting of Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, drummer Jay Waronker and Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco - will play three sold out nights at the Camden Roundhouse and fans who can't make it will be able to experience each song immediately afterwards via soundhalo.
The news may seem surprising considering Yorke pulled all his material off Spotify earlier this week in protest as he feels new artists are not being rewarded financially when their music is streamed, as the majority of the profits go to the shareholders.
Yorke wrote on Twitter: "Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will no get paid. meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it. Simples (sic)."
Producer Godrich agreed, Tweeting: "New artists get paid f##k all with this model (sic)."
However, selling official live audio clips and videos of gigs in MP4 format is a way of not ripping off new artists - as it is expected more of the profits will go straight into the musicians' pockets - so Godrich and York are therefore behind soundhalo's "groundbreaking" way of sharing music.
Godrich said of the idea: "Part of the reason soundhalo sounded interesting to me was that whenever you go to a gig, the next day there are a million shaky, horrible sounding YouTube videos already up but you go and look because you want to see something of your experience.
"soundhalo provides a quality version of that - that should already exist! They found a little hole in the system where that's not happening yet, but if you beamed yourself into the future, you'd expect to be able to see a concert right after you've been there.
"And they are doing that. I saw it as something really functional - you have an experience that you want to remember and I do go back and watch a show that I was at because I find it interesting.
"I remember the feeling that it gave me and I related to that situation, it gave me an experience. To be able to relive that is a really great thing."