An argument for Spotify as a force for good

By Michael Vincent on January 23, 2023

In recent years, Spotify has faced criticism for its low payouts to artists and for allegedly promoting a “race to the bottom” in the music industry. But in a new op-ed for The Spectator, writer Joel Golby argues that Spotify is actually a vital tool for independent and up-and-coming artists to reach new audiences and build their fan bases.

Golby points out that the traditional music industry has long been dominated by a small number of major labels, who have often exploited and underpaid artists. In contrast, Spotify allows artists to upload their music directly to the platform, bypassing the need for a record label or other gatekeepers. This gives independent artists more control over their careers and the ability to reach a global audience.

Furthermore, Spotify’s algorithm-based playlists, such as Discover Weekly and Release Radar, expose listeners to a wide variety of music they may not have otherwise discovered, including music from independent and lesser-known artists. Additionally, the platform’s data analytics help artists understand and target their audience, which can be used to improve the artist’s music, marketing and strategy.

Despite its flaws, Spotify is a powerful tool for independent artists to gain exposure and build their fan base. It’s a platform that allows artists to take control of their careers and reach a global audience. The music industry needs Spotify as an alternative to the traditional gatekeepers, who have often exploited and underpaid artists.

Why it matters

Spotify is a critical tool for independent and up-and-coming artists to level the playing field and reach new audiences. While it’s not perfect and has its own set of issues to address, some would argue the benefits might outweigh the negatives.

The music industry is changing, and streaming services like Spotify are becoming a more important source of revenue for musicians. Understanding how these platforms can help independent and up-and-coming artists is crucial for anyone interested in the future of the music industry.

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