DragonForce guitarist livid as Universal mutes his music on YouTube - Dexerto

DragonForce guitarist livid as Universal mutes his music on YouTube

Published: 22/Apr/2020 18:55 Updated: 22/Apr/2020 21:16

by Michael Gwilliam


Herman Li, one of the two lead guitarists for the metal band ‘DragonForce,’ voiced his immense displeasure with Universal after the label muted his Twitch VODs when uploaded to YouTube.

During an April 21 broadcast, the guitarist ripped into Universal, and even suggested there could be some legal ramifications on the way due to the label’s actions.

“My videos are getting blocked for playing older DragonForce songs! Can you believe it?” the rocker asked his chat. “By Universal music. They’re blocking my livestream videos from being VODs. It’s out of control.”

The guitarist made all his VODs subscriber only.

Li’s VODs are currently only available for subscribers only. It’s unclear if they were always like this, or if the artist only recently made them subscribers-only, in an attempt to combat the copyright strikes. Meanwhile, entire videos on YouTube have been scrubbed of sound.

“I don’t have time to email these idiots that are not even paying royalties. They owe me money. They’re not even paying it. They’re just ignoring it and not doing it,” Li continued to shred into the company.

According to Li, he’s still waiting to get paid for other reasons, but the recent issue with VODs sent him over the edge.

“That’s how f**king insane it is when you’re a musician. And guess what? Yes, I’m calling them out right now before the lawyer comes,” he revealed. “Do they care? No, they don’t care. Because they say, ‘You know what? It’s going to cost you money to get a lawyer, so we’re gonna just not pay you.’”

According to third-party stat-tricking website TwitchMetrics, Li has been on the platform since July 15, 2017, where he plays guitar and indulges in streaming video games.

The guitarist isn’t the only big-name musician to start streaming on Twitch more recently: As Dexerto previously reported, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda has also taken to the platform so fans can watch him create new music.

Li was not played with Universal.

Fans are hopeful that Herman can get the copyright issues sorted out, so they can return to hearing more amazing tracks in his VODs.

Until then, they’ll have to wait and see just what the future holds – especially with potential legal challenges ahead.


Jake Paul challenges Conor McGregor, Logan Paul & more after boxing win

Published: 29/Nov/2020 14:38

by Daniel Cleary


Jake Paul has already set his sights on new boxing opponents such as Conor McGregor, Dillon Danis and even his brother Logan Paul, after his impressive second round K.O. victory over former NBA star Nate Robinson.

Following the highly anticipated Tyson vs Jones Jr boxing card on November 28, YouTube star Jake Paul came away from the night as one of the biggest winners after his win over Nate Robinson went viral.

The Calabasas-based content creator put on a strong performance in the co-main event with a knockout in the second round, moving to a 2-0 record as a professional boxer, and immediately began issuing challenges for his next bout.

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Conor McGregor was one of the fighters Jake Paul challenged to a boxing fight.

During the post-fight interview, Jake Paul revealed that he would soon be looking to take a step up in competition after his time off, even challenging some of the biggest MMA stars in the world.

He explained that he would be interested in taking on Conor McGregor, a two-division UFC champion, as well as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu star and undefeated Bellator fighter, Dillon Danis, who he has had an ongoing feud with.

“I’m taking this seriously,” Paul explained, predicting KO victories over both athletes, “There’s a long list of opponents that I want. Conor McGregor, Dillon Danis, I’m going to knock them both out.”

While many viewers claimed it could be too soon for Jake to take on life-long fighters, he also shared a list of other content creators he’d like to meet in the ring, including his brother Logan Paul and YouTube rival KSI.

“There’s my brother, there’s KSI on the line, Austin McBroom.” he admitted, “I want to be in this sport a long time. I’m in love with it, so why not.”

KSI was quick to respond to the challenge, claiming that he was not impressed with Jake’s performance on the night, even though he had earned multiple knockdowns during the bout.

Whether he will get to fight any of these stars in the coming months remains unclear, but he has certainly generated a lot of hype around his name following his impressive win.