Spotify Asks Vulfpeck To Remove "Sleepify"

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 01:03 PM

A few weeks ago, we did a TLDR episode about the band Vulfpeck, which had come up with a novel way to fund their tour. They uploaded an album of silence to Spotify called "Sleepify," and asked their fans to stream it while they slept. The royalties from the plays of those songs would allow the band to tour for free.

An hour ago, the band announced on its Facebook page that Spotify has requested that they remove "Sleepify" from Spotify.

In a typically Vulfpeckian fashion, the band posted an album called  "Official Statement," on Spotify, which includes a statement (modified with a bunch of reverb and delay), 30 seconds of silence, and a short musical piece.

As of this writing, "Sleepify" remains on Spotify. Vulfpeck has removed the album from Spotify.

I asked the band's leader Jack Stratton via email if he could send me a copy of the email he got from Spotify, and in response, he said "the email was not aggressive, but did include some #hurtful language. My gut is telling me not to post it."

Contacted by email, Spotify's public relations rep Graham James declined to comment.

You can listen to the "Official Statement" album below.

(H/T Jon Stone)

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Comments [4]

Chucks

Ryan, the issue is that most of their songs are a lot longer that 30 seconds. You stream a 30 second song repeatedly and you'll earn the band ~$4 playing it overnight. Stream a 4 minute one and it's only $.50. Basically means it takes 8 times the playing to generate the same amount of revenue.

Apr. 22 2014 09:06 PM
John

@Ryan

They're proper songs with proper song lengths, they wouldn't make nearly as much money in the same span of time.

Apr. 22 2014 06:22 PM
Ryan from Brooklyn

am I missing some obvious reason why their fans can't just mute their speakers and stream the bands' actual albums while sleeping?

Apr. 22 2014 03:17 PM
Mark Allender from 44221

I was wondering how long this would last.

Apr. 22 2014 01:22 PM

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