I finally got around to watch the documentary Artifact by my favorite band Thirty Seconds to Mars. The film was going to be about the process of making their third album but quickly developed into something else when the band had to fight a relentless lawsuit with record label Virgin/EMI.
This film is totally worth seeing even if you’re not a fan of the band. It gives a good insight on how things work in the music industry today, mostly, but not only, as an effect of illegal downloading. Major labels have a hard time getting the money they’ve invested back so they come up with other solutions to do so… suing their bands for instance.
It tells a very personal story about this band, fighting for our creative lives. It was a battle that saw us risk having everything taken away – our art, our work, and our dreams.
We were sued for 30 million dollars. We fought for our lives. And we filmed it all.
We made this little film ourselves. Just a small group of artists and crafts people. We shot it. We produced. We financed. We edited. We directed.
– Jared Leto