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When it comes to artists and digital music services, the common lament among performers nowadays could be equated to Chicago’s unofficial motto: “Ubi Est Mea?” Or, if you don’t speak Latin, “Where’s mine?” In the midst of contention over royalty fees and streaming music’s questionable payouts, however, the cadre of companies behind these digital services are looking for new ways to put money and power in the hands of artists.
Monday was the last day of SXSW Interactive, which means people are posting lists of trends purporting to distill this incredibly wide-ranging event into a few key trends — “takeaways,” if you will — from the event. These hopefully say something about where we are, both culture- and business-wise, as of March 2013.
Spotify rolled out some pretty impressive numbers here at SXSW this week: It added one million paying subscribers in three months, knocking up its paying user number to 6 million (that’s out of its total 24 million users). As the subscription service celebrated a bump in consumers, we swung by Spotify HQ here in Austin, Texas, to talk with Artist Advocate, DJ and producer Yung Skeeter about the other side of the musical equation: the bands — a side that Skeeter is well-versed in, having created beats for the likes of Chris Brown, toured with Katy Perry and held the distinction of being the first DJ to ever play the Warped Tour.