Sky Ferreira has taken to social media to detail the struggles she is facing after entering the music industry at such a young age.
Ferreira, whose career began after she started uploading videos of herself singing on Myspace as a teenager, caught the attention of producers Bloodshy & Avant which eventually led to a recording contract with Parlophone in 2009.
First releasing music in 2011, Ferreira’s debut album Night Time, My Time came out to critical acclaim in 2013, her attempts to blend indie rock with synth-pop proved successful and she would tour the record in the years that followed. However, it has now been six years since her debut and issues with her record label has stunted her development and, with a follow-up still not released, she has hit out at “gaslighting” techniques used in music.
“I signed contracts when I was 15 and I’m still paying the consequences for it. Every contract I have ever signed has always been set up to take advantage of me/my work in some way,” she said via the ‘stories’ function of Instagram. “I have been mentally abused countless times. Gaslighting is a go-to tactic. Suffering isn’t currency for having the opportunity to do what you love for a living,” she added.
Ferreira’s recent comments appear to have been stoked by the ongoing issues her colleague Taylor Swift is going through, a legal battle with Scooter Braun which has resulted in Swift losing the rights to her first six albums.
Ferreira continued “The entertainment industry is filled with underqualified bullies & morons with way too much power for their own good,” she goes on to say. “Do not let anyone tell you otherwise, if they do it’s most likely for their convenience. Look out for yourself & your future. Do not let people pressure you into giving away your rights or settle for less when it comes to your future & work.
“Just because this system has been the same for decades doesn’t mean it’s okay or you need to bow down to it. If anyone tells you otherwise, you have to ask yourself if the decision impacts their life in the way it will influence your life and future.”
She concluded: “As an artist you have the ability to save yourself from these situations & the world will listen despite the gatekeepers. It’s something those people do not have… despite the influence they may have within.”