Music piracy has been an ongoing issue revolving around battles over rights and licensing to an artist’s property, especially after the birth of the internet. Most acts and record labels are immediately protective over their musical property, and rightfully so. Diplo, on the other hand, simply doesn’t care for that.

 

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Diplo said, “I don’t care if anybody — and you can quote me on this — trades my records, leaks my records. I don’t care. I can’t make money off the sales, but I’ll make money off doing shows, or selling merchandise.” In his statement, the dance music artist offers the idea that purchasing his music doesn’t matter as much as fans coming out to a show and listening live. While many artists may also support the same sentiment, foregoing the record sales income is not a voluntary action.

 

Diplo performing on stage in front of an audience.

Diplo feels that sampling dance hall music is more offensive than leaking his material. (digitaldankness.blogspot.com)

Diplo relies on his talent alone to rake in the funds. If his new material is leaked prior to its official release, an adverse effect is that fans may hype the material and grow more excited to listen to him live. Surprise leaks of new material from any artist is a big enough event to make headlines, and word of that leak may actually travel faster than in-store record distributions. Diplo is an artist that stays true to his passion for creating something that fans listen to, regardless if other artists in the music industry pay the same respect.

 

With the introduction of new streaming sites and new methods of accessing music, it is refreshing to see that there are still artists who work towards their publicity. Diplo also cited the one and only Kanye West and how his actions in recent years have stemmed many headlining events.

 

Regardless of whether or not West is portrayed in a negative or positive light, his name is still being spoken. Perhaps Diplo is striving for the same kind of attraction; whether his music is good or bad, at least people are talking about it.

 

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