Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier took to his social media this weekend to call attention to some shady things that are supposedly going on within Daytrotter, a media company who shares raw, live recordings from different band sessions. On his Facebook account, Saunier said “I make this statement without malice or intent to achieve anything other than letting my fellow musicians know what Daytrotter can do, so that you can decide for yourselves whether this is ok for you,” and continued to make a disclaimer that he legally wasn’t allowed to confirm any foul play happened specifically to his band, before he unloaded accusations of Daytrotter’s misconduct with their material and likeness.
Saunier claimed the company stated their recorded music would be free to all interested fans, but put it behind a paywall later which denied access to anyone not paying a subscription to the site. In another effort to make money from Deerhoof, Daytrotter also pressed the recorded session with the band onto and LP, and sold it for $27 on a Woodstock memorabilia website. None of the proceeds from the album sales were given to the band.
He also stated that the company gave him several empty promises about how they were going to fix their wrong-doings, and that the company was being “turned around.” Not only did these promises turn out to be empty, but several employees high on the company chain threatened Deerhoof with legal action if they were to slander or “disparage Daytrotter in any way.” Check out the entire Facebook post below.
According to Spin, Daytrotter made a counter statement claiming “Deerhoof recorded its session 8 years ago and there was an agreement between Sean Moeller, the founder of Daytrotter, and Deerhoof in regards to releasing their Daytrotter session and vinyl,”
Aside from having LP’s made without the band’s knowledge or consent, Deerhoof did have a say in their newest 2016 studio album entitled The Magic which came our around this time last year. The album came shortly after their 2015 live album piece called Fever 121614.