LOS ANGELES, CA – They say silence is golden. But for indie band Vulfpeck, it was more green — like the cash they earned scamming music streaming site Spotify.
The band uploaded a 10-song album called “Sleepify” and asked their fans to listen to it on repeat as they slept.
The catch? All ten tracks were silent.
The band raked in about $20,000 — which translates to a whopping 4 million plays.
But this wasn’t all about making money. The band also promised to use the money to fund a free concert tour.
Unsurprisingly, Spotify did not see the humor in the stunt.
They told Vulfpeck to take down the album, so the band decided to discuss it all through – what else? – a new album on Spotify.
“It’s very uncertain at the moment,” keyboardist Jack Stratton says on a track titled #Hurt. “And in light of that uncertainty, I want to take 30 seconds silence to ponder the uncertainty.”
No word on whether they’ll receive the $20,000. But the publicity they earned pretty much makes them winners either way.