JAY Z's announcement of TIDAL has caused differing opinions from all spectrum to arise, mostly to critical disapproval and suspicion. With its A-list, presumably wealthy artists as supporters and shareholders of this new platform, most are skeptical of its genuinely in regards to being an "artist first" service. Those who had voiced their opinions against it included Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard, Mumford & Sons' Marcus Mumford, among others. However, today Vancouver singer-songwriter Grimes defends the hi-fidelity streaming platform, giving it "mad respect" even though she is not a shareholder of the platform. Check out what she had to say below.
Mad respect for TIDAL!! I literally know musicians who live in cars and storage spaces, etc. And I know some pretty popular musicians who still struggle to make ends meet. Unless artists have a popular live show there aren’t a lot of income streams available. People have characterized TIDAL negatively but I promise it’s 100% artist friendly, and fan friendly since y'all have the option to pay the same rate as other streaming [platforms.] Respect to everyone involved for doing the right thing for struggling artists -- this kind of thing is so important, especially for indie music! PS. I AM SIGNED TO 4AD!! The misconception that I am not an independent artist anymore is incorrect, I can speak as an independent artist here. Roc Nation manages me, I’m not signed to them nor do I have any investment in TIDAL, nor did anyone ask me to say this. PS. To everyone who buys music respect! Glad to hear many of you buy music rather than stream which is the best way to support smaller artists! ^_^ And also, for those who can’t afford streaming or buying music, I do not judge anyone for that! This is a suggestion, not a demand. [And] sorry it has created so much anger amongst y'all.