Artery Recordings president Shan Dan has released a statement regarding the Slaves controversy that broke out last night.”This isn't a grandiose story of an evil label trying to smash a band,” he wrote on the label’s Facebook page, “just a story about a band that didn't email their label so they could take care of their request through the proper channels.”
While Dan didn’t offer much when we reached out for exclusive comment, he did confirm that Slaves are “definitely still on our roster” and the label has “financed their recordings, etc.”
You can read his statement in full below.
Read more: Slaves release statement after controversy
Yesterday, Slaves released a lyric video for their song “Winter Everywhere,” which features current Dance Gavin Dance frontman Tilian Pearson. The clip was quickly removed due to a copyright claim from Artery.
Slaves responded by sharing a statement that claims they are not under contract to Artery, and neither are their two studio albums, Through Art We Are All Equals and Routine Breathing. “Our music belongs to us, and it belongs to our fans,” they wrote. “Not some dude in a suit collecting every cent we generate. We have worked HARD for everything we have and it's time to take a stand against CORRUPT bullshit labels like Artery and so many alike.”
“To fans that really wanted to hear “Winter Everywhere” that Slaves uploaded to a youtube channel they created (without giving us a heads up). Please listen to that track and the entire album we uploaded last year (for free) here: http://smarturl.it/my7aj4
It's a great song, and has been one of our favorites for a while. The lyric video on their facebook looks great as well, and we would love to upload it to our 161,000 youtube subscribers to make sure as many people as possible can enjoy it as much as we did.
We just wish we were told about it so it didn't get flagged on their personal channel (which is what happens when you upload previously released audio to a new channel).
This isn't a grandiose story of an evil label trying to smash a band, just a story about a band that didn't email their label so they could take care of their request through the proper channels.”