BitTorrent boss behind Thom Yorke release says major labels have ‘given up on selling people music’

Matt Mason said he'd be keen to put out the next Radiohead album as well

BitTorrent boss Matt Mason, the man whose company Thom Yorke is putting out his new album ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ through, has claimed major labels have “given up on selling people music”.

Speaking to NME, Mason said talks for the project began at the end of last year and he would be keen to also release the next Radiohead album. “We began talking at the beginning of the year – I met Nigel [Godrich] through his manager, and it became clear they were keen to experiment and push people’s perceptions of how music could be released. I knew Radiohead had just finished a year off, so didn’t know if they’d have time to work on new music, or what form it’d come in. But we met on Christmas Eve for a cup of tea in London and agreed to work on some ideas. Thom’s team are the most demanding and thoughtful you could hope for, so it was a huge pleasure. Would we work with him on more releases and perhaps even the next Radiohead album? We’d absolutely love to.”

Mason talked about this being a ‘bad year for music innovation’, explaining that he thought they best innovation this year was the button Apple released to remove the U2 album which they ‘gifted’ to iTunes users. “We were really inspired by the success of ‘In Rainbows’ and how that changed things for people. I think where Thom, Nigel have a similar philosophy is that I worry there’s no sustainable future for musicians under the current climate of releasing music,” said Mason. “The biggest innovation in music this year so far has been Apple releasing a tool to remove a U2 album from your iTunes. It’s been a bad year for music innovation. The way major labels just throw all their music on Spotify, they’ve given up on selling people music. We hope to prove with this and our work with other artists – we’ve worked with Madonna, Linkin Park as well as lots of rising names – that there’s another way.”


He also talked about changing people’s perceptions of BitTorrent, which is commonly associated with internet piracy. “It’s misunderstood and I think even after this it’ll continue to be misunderstood. We’ve been working to change people’s perceptions of BitTorrent since we started,” said Mason. “It’s easy to say you stole something from the internet with BitTorrent. But you can’t get there without a search engine, you can’t do it without an HTTP.”

‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ is described as an “experiment” by Yorke, who announced its release in a press statement co-authored with producer Nigel Godrich. It is Yorke’s first solo album since ‘The Eraser’ in 2006.

The BitTorrent Bundle features 8 tracks and a music video and can be purchased on vinyl or downloaded as a BitTorrent bundle. The first track from the album, ‘A Brain In A Bottle’ can be heard here. The download will cost BitTorrent users £3.68 for the 8-track album.


‘A Brain In A Bottle’
‘Guess Again!’
‘The Mother Lode’
‘Truth Ray’
‘There Is No Ice (For my Drink)’
‘Pink Section’
‘Nose Grows Some’