Don’t piss off Levelz.
Seriously, do not piss off Levelz.
The Manchester music collective is making the news right now for a rather disturbing, and often all too common, offense. It seems that Elastic Artists, an agency responsible for booking shows for artists like Nom de Strip, DJ Sliink, and collective Levelz, is currently unable to pay artists for shows they’ve already played.
Unfortunately, this is not uncommon in music. However, what is uncommon is the way that Levelz has decided to get back at Elastic. In order to inflict as much public shaming on Elastic as possible, Levelz members have ‘hacked’ the website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram of Elastic.
Levelz gained control of the Elastic Artists Twitter nearly five hours ago, and has used it as a platform to retweet all of the grievances from unpaid artists, as well as support from artists voicing their sympathies.
This @elasticartists situation is abysmal. My thoughts are with all the unpaid artists, agents and promoters going through this right now
— ZEN BIAS (@Zed_Bias) December 1, 2015
@KOROstylemusic nothing to do with promoters. All fees have been paid + collected by @elasticartists but are not being released.
— LEVELZ (@LEVELZMCR) December 1, 2015
— LEVELZ (@LEVELZMCR) November 30, 2015
— Madam X (@DJmadamX) November 30, 2015
— BIG DADDY GRINDAH (@MCGRINDAH) November 30, 2015
Also won't be eating today thanks to my homies at @elasticartists _ thank you.
— PREFUSE 73 (@prefuse73) November 30, 2015
Special attention is being made to implicate Elastic Artists as an agency, rather than the agents who actually did their jobs.
And just so you know @FACTmag, the @elasticartists situation is in no way a reflection of the agents who all did a great job.
— Alexander Nut (@AlexanderNut) November 24, 2015
Like was mentioned before, the sad thing is that this is not the first time an artist won’t get paid, and it won’t be the last. And it might be detrimental to Levelz career, in that agencies might be wary of bringing them on as clients in the future, lest anything happen financially that prevents them from paying clients.
The good thing is that the issue is being brought to people’s attention, and that laymen are learning that this is a real, on-going issue in music.