Dan Bull, British hacktivist rapper, has another protest video out. This one is addressed to Jeff Taylor, of the British Phonographic Industry, the trade association representing the record labels in that country. Bull makes a point that seems to be increasingly common, that the traditional intermediaries in the music industry are simply becoming more and more irrelevant. Wathc for yourself.
This is the second recent video that Dan has crowd sourced by putting a post on his Facebook account asking for volunteers. I missed the first one but you may recognize the bald, bespectacled podcaster around the 1:25 minute mark.
It is astonishing how fast he assembles these videos, from that first call to distributing the lines he wants each person to capture right on through to the finished product. In the case of the subjects this pair of videos cover the volunteer participation really drives the message home that much more, especially considering he got far more offers judging by the number of comments on the original post than he could possible use unless he did something like a single letter per person. The quotes he includes from Stephen Fry, Thom Yorke and Joss Stone, among others, don’t hurt either.
I am still waiting for a best of Dan Bull’s protest song album. Might have to be a double album at this rate.