Last week Spotify CEO Daniel Ek gave an interview with Music Ally where he said that artists need to crank out more music, more often to make a living: "you can’t record music once every three to four years and think that’s going to be enough." Unsurprisingly this upset a lot of people, including lots of musicians, like David Crosby, who wrote on Twitter, "You are an obnoxious greedy little shit Daniel Ek" and R.E.M.'s Mike Mills who Tweeted "Music=product, and must be churned out regularly, says billionaire Daniel Ek," concluding with "Go fuck yourself."
Zola Jesus wrote on Twitter, "it is extremely clear that Spotify billionaire daniel ek has never made music, or art of any kind for that matter. he refuses to understand there's a difference between commodities and art. the potential for cultural growth will suffer because of it." She then followed that up off Twitter with a point-by-point response to the Ek interview in a public post on her Patreon. "It seems as though Daniel Ek has never made music or endeavored any artistic practice whatsoever," Zola writes. As to Ek's claims that "unequivocally, from the data, there are more and more artists that are able to live off streaming income in itself," Zola writes: