David Crosby Gives Spotify’s ‘Scummy People’ a Stark Warning About Karma

Rock icon David Crosby has said he’s done with Spotify – permanently – and not just because of the Joe Rogan podcast which prompted a number of high-profile defections from the streaming service.

“They’re not going to suddenly develop a sense of moral responsibility,” he told Stereogum. “They are rotten people.”

Former bandmate Neil Young publicly left Spotify last month due to spreading false information on the platform, particularly from Rogan, who is paid $200 million by the company.

Young said he took down his music because the company is “spreading misinformation about vaccines — potentially causing the death of those who believe the misinformation is being spread by them.”

Young also urged Spotify employees to leave the company.

“Get out of this place before it eats your soul,” he wrote.

Several other artists have joined the effort, including Joni Mitchell, India Arie and Crosby Stills And Nash, among others.

Crosby is no longer in control of his music, having sold his catalog last year to Irving Azoff’s Iconic Artists Group. He told Stereogum that Azoff deleted the music from Spotify at his request, even though he didn’t have to — something Crosby called “unbelievable” and “really wonderful.”

Crosby said he supports free speech and Spotify’s right to carry Rogan’s podcast, but added, “I just don’t want to be associated with that guy.”

When asked if he thinks the negative press will lead to change, Crosby was not optimistic.

“I don’t see them developing a conscience,” he said. “I don’t think there are good people working there. If they were good people, they wouldn’t work there.

Crosby has long had trouble with streaming in general and Spotify in particular because of the paltry revenue the services pay artists.

He again shared these concerns with Stereogum:

“I don’t want to lick their boots because I need their pitiful $1.57 they pay me. They don’t do the right thing and, in the long run, that will get them. In some kind of karmic thing, it’s going to come and crush them. I don’t know what it will be, but I hope it will be soon.

Read the full interview here.

Crosby, a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer for his work in The Byrds and Crosby, Stills and Nash, added on Twitter:


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