· By Alisa Apps
Battle Is Over But Not The Fight
Sun Tzu said “know thy self, know thy enemy.” I wrote ‘Need to Know’ years before John Newman’s song. I know my honed skills, and I know my unwavering discipline is what fuels me to write and perform music. It will never stop. My creativity will endure long after other artists wither and fade. Universal heard my music years before they gave it to John Newman to record. It was my song. I wrote it. But when they heard it, they quietly kept it, and then tried to pawn it off to a lesser artist who clearly could not make music beyond the songs given to him.
The evidence is there on YouTube for all to hear.
But, I cannot tolerate the legal battles any further. I will not be weighted down with courtroom squabbles that never even come close to the point where a jury could hear my music side by side with Newman. I see an even longer road filled with distraction and delays. If Universal excels at one thing, it is prolonging legal cases. And working with lawyers these past few years has shown me that the system is not meant for people like me to simply put my song next to Newman’s song for a jury to hear. The system is not setup that way.
So, it is with reluctance, but with clear resolve, that I will move past Universal and allow my case to close. I cannot look to the future if I remain stuck in the past, as I have been for the last 4 years. But, I now know my enemy, and I know their strategy. My fight with Universal will one day be rekindled, and when it does I will use everything I’ve learned from this experience to crush them.