Firstly, I am very happy to announce that you can buy my acclaimed second album, The Life Equation in a SHOP! It is now available exclusively in Rough Trade, central London, prior to its nationwide shop release on March 5th. If you work in a record shop and would like to stock The Life Equation, get in touch, and if you have a record shop you frequent that you'd like to see The Life Equation in, let me know and I'll try and hook it up. Any and all help is welcome and massively appreciated. I am after all, entirely independent, with a staff of Me, and certainly no marketing or distribution departments to call upon to sort out all this sort of stuff.
Over in major label world, meanwhile, the extreme fuckery continues without pause. Another day, another avalanche of reasons to cast Universal Music group into the lake of fire with concrete blocks tied to their bollocks. Turns out they and their Major Label lobbyist pals might have had another big fat reason to want Megaupload sent the way of Audiogalaxy. According to this article on Digital Music News from December, Megaupload were about to go into direct competition with the music industry establishment by launching something called Megabox.
"UMG knows that we are going to compete with them via our own music venture called Megabox.com," MegaUpload founder and future David Fincher movie subject Kim 'Dotcom' Schmitz told Torrentfreak, "a site that will soon allow artists to sell their creations directly to consumers while allowing artists to keep 90 percent of earnings."
Meanwhile, Universal's creepy deal with Youtube, in which they get to take down people's content at will whether it infringes their copyright or not claimed another innocent scalp yesterday, when independent music and art collective After The Smoke saw their highly anticipated One In A Million video removed from Youtube after about two hours minutes online. The reason? Universal recording artist Yelawolf recently jacked the song's beat for an uncredited song with his Slumerican crew. Get that? Yelawolf, without permission, rapped on an unsigned band's song, replacing their vocals with his and his crew's, renamed it, released it himself on the internet in the form of a "leak", then Universal took down the band that actually made the song's video.
SORRY FOLKS YOUTUBE TOOK DOWN THE OIAM MUSIC VIDEO AND CLAIMED THAT UMG OWNS THE COPYRIGHTS TO OUR SONG. APPARENTLY, UMG HAS THE POWER TO TAKE DOWN OUR VIDEO BECAUSE ONE OF THEIR ARTISTS RAPPED ON A BEAT THAT I MADE FROM SCRATCH. THIS IS WHY REVOLUTION IS NECESSARY. WE NEED LESS CORPORATE POWER. WE NEED MORE ARTIST POWER. WE NEED MORE PEOPLE POWER. - ANTHONY X²
High five to the homies Die Antwoord then, who, like me before them, parted ways with Universal sub-branch Interscope recently, after Interscope objected to politically sensitive lyrical content, ie lyrics not about drinking name brand liquor in a club environment in the company of buxom females.
Die Antwoord blew themselves up with a self made and self released music video, just like I did with The Drinking Song, which received over a 100,000 views in a week on the flash portal Newgrounds in that long forgotten historical period Before Youtube... but we both gained much from our major label tenure. Die Antwoord played many festivals and TV shows that they might not have otherwise, and I similarly received reams of mainstream exposure, and a the money to build my little home studio. Not forgetting those coveted slots in major broadcast media, out of reach to most independent artists, but just a phonecall from the Interscope synch department away. Here, for your viewing pleasure, is a bit of an episode of CSI, in which my song CLONES is played in a stripclub, ironically enough. Monument To The Penis!
So I am grateful to Universal Music Group for these boons, or at least to the nice humans who worked in that foul corporation and tried to do good things with their power. But here's the thing - those nice people, with their skills and their power are finding out that their power comes from them, and their skills, not the Skynet-like monster they worked for. Independent of that monster the exact same things can be achieved, and are being... and while the traditional media is still enchanted by the queer allure of the major label co-sign, the ever more influential and fully communicative mass humanity, blogging and tweeting and tumbling down the mountain, well they just like what they like.
I am, as ever, excited about the future, and what it means. At the start of this year I proclaimed my sincere belief that this year will see a cultural explosion hitherto unseen in human history... and it turns out the Chinese agree with me.
The world is ours brothers and sisters. We don't need Skynet with their shitty old magic tricks pushing dead eyed automatons in front of us and clogging our timelines with poisonous brain freeze.
We need emotional content.