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‘Free The Music, and Your Cash Will follow’ – Kaskade

A few days ago, Kaskade announced that 70% of his SoundCloud profile had been deleted and that he expected the rest of his SoundCloud would have been deleted by the end of the week.

Kaskade took to his Tumblr to talk about Ultra Music and a few other topics.

Ultra Music/Sony

“When I signed with Ultra, I kissed goodbye forever the rights to own my music. They own it. And now Sony owns them. So now Sony owns my music. I knew that going in. Soundcloud is beholden to labels to keep copyright protected music (read: all music put out by a label, any label) off their site unless authorized by the label. Am I authorized to post my music? Yep. Does their soulless robot program know that? Not so much. So some stuff they pulled was mistakenly deleted, but some tracks were absolutely rule breakers. The mash ups. (Read about those little beauties in “Politicking of a Mash Up”.) I post mash ups mainly because I don’t need to keep these things tucked under my pillow, pulling out my little Precious only to be played at gigs. You want to hear it? Grab it. Like it? Great. The end.”

Record Labels

“But the labels, they aren’t feeling this approach so much.
There’s always been this cagey group of old men who are scared to death of people taking their money. Back in the day, they were upset that the technology existed to record onto cassette tapes directly from the radio. “What! (Harumph!) Why will people buy music if they can just pull it out of the air?!” Yet, people still bought music. Because it was more accessible. Because more people were exposed.”

Innovation

“”Innovation helps the Music Industry. The industry only needs to make the effort to keep up and adapt. Make no mistake: exposing as many people as possible to music – all music – is a good thing. Everyone wins. The artist, the audience, even the old guys who just want some more cash.”

Kaskade wraps it up by saying “to put it in language that makes more sense for the ones who can only speak dollar bill – Free the music, and your cash will follow.”

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