Silent album raises £12,000 in Spotify royalties

LA band Vulfpeck instructed fans to play the album overnight to raise enough money for them to tour

A band who put an album of silence on Spotify have raised nearly $20,000 (£11,700) for the stunt.

US funk band Vulfpeck’s fourth album ‘Sleepify’ is 10 tracks of complete silence. The band put it online and encouraged fans to stream it on repeat overnight to generate money to go on tour, tickets for which would be free.

As Billboard reports, a royalty statement shared by keyboardist Jack Stratton has revealed that the band’s final two-month take from Spotify was $19,655.56.

Back in March, the band posted a YouTube video demonstrating how fans could generate cash for the band by repeatedly playing the album during a night’s sleep. The band said that if they got enough money from Spotify, it would fund a tour that would be free for fans.

While the streaming service initially allowed the album to remain on Spotify for a while, it eventually asked the band to remove it, then took it off completely in April.

In reponse, the band posted a three-track EP on Spotify called ‘Official Statement’.