Atari Teenage Riot / Anonymous / Sony Vita advert in the USA
My name is Alec Empire and I am from Atari Teenage Riot.
Some might think it was an evil capitalist greed thing,
others will argue it was some Jesus Christ sacrifice thing,
but let’s not overcomplicate this…
I did it only for my own amusement!
If you are new to my music or me as a person you might not know that I had some beef
with Sony in the year 1999 over a camcorder advert in South East Asia.
(a track of mine was basically used against my permission)
I felt used, exploited, ripped off…everything that a sensitive artist like myself would feel
in that situation… haha (I hope you know I am kidding here….but I have to admit it hurt a little)
if you ever tried to fight a corporation like this in court AND in another country,
let me tell you…you want to do other stuff with that time and money…
Even though the thing got settled in court kind of, I never felt they paid what they owed.
It’s the old question that is being asked again and again:
What’s a song worth? When does copyright start, when does it end?
Around the same time I came to the conclusion that men with guns
employed by the government can’t and won’t protect me from
situations like this in the future.
So when the request for the Sony Vita ad landed on my lap,
I put ‘Black Flags’ into it…it was all hectic and they okayed it.
We needed to tie up a few lose ends on this, until it became unstoppable,
that’s why we had to wait to reveal that
Atari Teenage Riot donate their $$$ to http://freeanons.org/
I cross checked they can’t stop the track from appearing in the OWS online clips of
ATR/Anonymous etc… which makes it even more fun.
Yes, I already got some hate, some even attempted to troll me (on Facebook???)….
but you know what?
I don’t care because it just FELT V E R Y GOOD! HAHA
Some Eloi might also say:
"Uh but this Zong ist an advert so u will sell more Compact Disc now"
Maybe…or maybe you can just download the track, which was free all along, here:
OR maybe for a change…you could ask yourself a question:
"Have I donated to freeanons.org yet?”
The light at the end of the tunnel is a computer screen …nothing else…