Spotify is infamous amongst musicians for paying out mere pennies for thousands of plays. Now one band is aiming to fight back with a clever scheme to game the system.
The L.A.-based funk band Vulfpeck has an ingenious way to trick Spotify's pittance-for-plays payscale. They've released an album called Sleepify. It's 10 tracks consisting of 30 seconds of silence each. The idea is that listeners would play the album on repeat while they sleep, and in so doing rack up thousands of plays for the band.
It's more of a PR stunt than anything else, but it's also a hilarious way to draw attention to artists' frustration with Spotify and maybe even rack up some cash to fund a tour. If it works, Vulfpeck will make $4 per listener each night, which is no small potatoes for a working-class band.