Slaves Blast Artery Recordings Over Copyright Claim: “Fuck Your Label, Fuck You And Fuck Your Money”


Slaves (the one fronted by the infamous Jonny Craig) are waging a war of words with their label, Artery Recordings. The initial controversy came when the band released a lyric video for their track “Winter Everywhere“, which was quickly pulled due a copyright claim by their label, Artery Recordings. That lyric video then went on to Facebook with the following statement as a caption:

“Since this lyric video was taken off of YouTube by a label that apparently thinks they own OUR music you can now watch, listen, and enjoy it right here. We poured our heart into this song, we wrote this song, we spent months preparing and recording this song, and we aren’t letting ANYONE take that from us. This is our song and this is our fans song. this is a passion, not a business. No one can ever take that from us, especially a dude in a suit collecting every cent we generate. Scene is changing my friends.

I’m sure somehow, someway, this video will be taken down. none of us are, or should be proud we are in a world where art can be taken away from us by greed.



The below statement then followed:

“Our new lyric video has been taken off of both YouTube and Facebook by Artery Recordings – they’re under the impression this song and this video apparently belong to them. Let me make this clear. Slaves is not under contract, neither album we have is under contract, Slaves wrote this song, Slaves spent months preparing and recording this song, We poured our hearts out into this song, We had the lyric video made ourselves. And NO ONE will take that from us.

Our music belongs to us, and it belongs to our fans. 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. It’s fucked up we live in a world where art we can all relate to, and that makes us all come together and feel at home can be taken by complete fucking greed.

We make nearly no money creating what we love, we do it cause it’s our passion not a business. It’s time to take stand against the fucking mess we call a music scene. fuck your label, fuck you and fuck your money, we don’t need it to play music.”

Artery Recordings president Shan Dan has since released the below statement, explaining that the video being pulled was a symptom of a copyright measure they employ—a common practice many labels use to keep unauthorized uploads off the internet as to not dilute their potential revenue stream, etc.. Dan stated:

“Regarding rumors surrounding Slaves

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:

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.

Shan Dan
Artery Recordings

Since this lyric video was taken off of YouTube by a label that apparently thinks they own OUR music you can now watch,…

Posted by Slaves on Saturday, January 23, 2016

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