Sturgill Simpson Lashes Out at Elektra Records: "I'm Not Going to Give Them Anything Ever Again"
"I can go back to just doing it myself better than they do"
Published Feb 21, 2020Sturgill Simpson has spoken out against his label, Elektra Records.
The country-leaning rock musician gave an interview to Uproxx recently, in which he declares that he is "done" with the label.
He said he no longer talks with the record company and suggested that his most recent album Sound & Fury and its accompanying Netflix animated film were attempts to permanently end their relationship.
"Maybe if you don't want to be on a record label anymore, you make a record they can't market, then you get them to spend a million bucks on an animation film and refuse to promote it, and leave them holding this giant un-recouped debt," Simpson said. "Maybe the bean counters will make a decision for me."
He continued: "I can go back to just doing it myself better than they do. That's what I've learned. Because they don't know what the fuck to do with me."
Simpson claimed that he was manipulated into signing a record deal with Atlantic in the first place, before getting moved to their Elektra imprint after 2016's A Sailor's Guide to Earth.
The artist also insinuated that he is no longer open to working with Elektra, though it's unclear what contract is currently in place.
"I'm not going to give them anything ever again, so I guess I'm done," he said.
Read the full interview here via Uproxx.
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