Jason Collett tired of 'silly things' musicians must do to survive

Broken Social Scene's Jason Collett plays live from his upcoming record. He also comments on the realities of performing in the internet age.
Jason Collett and his musical troupe gather in Studio q to perform the title track of his latest record "Song and Dance Man". 3:23

Broken Social Scene member Jason Collett's new album Song and Dance Man is, in part, a comment on how artists have to hawk their wares in the age of social media. 

"It's embarrassing and undignified the amount that we're expected to be used-car salesmen for our thing," he told Shad in studio q today.

The promise of the internet was that it would democratize the music scene but, Collett says, the industry's back to its old ways. He cites the lack of transparency in agreements between labels and streaming services.

Jason Collett and his musical troupe gather in Studio q to perform "Provincial Blues" off his latest record "Song and Dance Man". 3:20

Collett also expresses his ambivalence about crowd-sourced promotions. "The amount of energy that's needed to hustle your thing — there's more artifice than art," he says. "I'm not afraid of doing hard work but I don't want to do silly things."

The Toronto-based singer-songwriter performed three songs from the record — Provincial Blues, Song and Dance Man and Love You Babe.

Heads up! This week on q, we've got two different acts with roots in Broken Social Scene. Today: Jason Collett. Friday: Laser — a band fronted by BSS singer Lisa Lobsinger.


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