Look At This Poser: Sarah Stennett

From lawyer, to A&R, to manager, this is the face of the music industry's exploitative old guard.

From lawyer, to A&R, to manager, this is the face of the music industry's exploitative old guard.

“I am shocked and heartbroken. I do not believe Peep wanted to die, this is so tragic. He had big goals and dreams for the future which he shared with me, his team, his family, and his friends. HE was highly intelligent, hugely creative, massively charismatic, gentle, and charming. He had huge ambition and his career was flourishing.”

–Sarah Stennett (CEO of media middleman corporation First Access Entertainment)

“Motherfuck, I’ve been expecting this call for a year”

–Chase Ortega (Peep’s manager)

There is a startling contrast between the statement made by Lil Peep’s manager–who you can infer knew him pretty well–and the statement made by Sarah Stennett. If Peep’s manager had been expecting him to die for the last year, why would Stennett be conveying the exact opposite statement? Stennett is just one more in the endless army of music industry backwater opportunists who show their faces when their earners die, and then retreat to the anonymity of multinational corporate business. If there was a road to success in the music industry people like Stennett sabotaged that road long ago, and today they make money by personally guiding people through sabotage points. How much longer will we let people like Stennett control the entertainment industry, and create situations where people who need friends, love, and help, are given money, drugs, and a new city every night? Is it worth it to hear really great songs about depression if it means that the artist writing them is gonna kill themselves tomorrow? I don’t think so. I don’t think we have to live in a world where artists are tortured and contorted into auto-asphyxiating hit machines, I think there are other ways we can do this.

I never knew Peep personally, but we had overlapping social circles. I couldn’t identify with someone any less than I identified with Peep, and yet I could relate to him more than I could relate to most other people in society. As an artist with no mentors, or role models I had to make my own way through the music industry. To say it’s disorienting would be misleading because as an artist in the music industry, you’re not supposed to have any sense of orientation to begin with. As an artist in the music industry you can never tell up from down, and someone who seems to be your friend, will eventually maroon you in a situation where the floor becomes the ceiling and you’re left hanging with the bill. This is the industry that people like Stennett want because this is how opportunists like Stennett can make the most money. People like Stennett don’t want to see artists grow and thrive as people, they want to see them grow and behave like disposable commodities in a capitalist marketplace. People are not commodities, even if those people are artists whose image and likeness is being sold for money.

To be clear: Peep died because of his own choices. HOWEVER, the context that prompted him to make those choices, was entirely manufactured by Sarah Stennett and people like her. How many more times do we have to ask why a young star burned out so early in Hollywood? Hollywood is composed of people like Sarah Stennett who pray on young artists seeking approval and an avenue for success. These artists are enabled to no end, and given no guidance or supervision. Did you notice how all the praise in her statement was modified with adjectives that are synonyms for “more”? People like Sarah Stennett always need more, because that’s all they value: more money, more resources, more capitalism, more souls. It's repugnant.

Sarah Stennett doesn’t have a business that cares about artists. She has a business that uses artists, and takes advantage of artists in order to make money. Her website makes it clear that her take on artists is pure commodity: “Look at my stable of famous people that I can get you–for a price.” And as long as people like her are polluting culture with business, we will have to watch as more young artists are lead to their death by a culture that “loves the art,” and loves to pretend that the artists aren’t suffering. It's time that people who are not creative get out of the way. But more importantly, it's time that we start holding these predators accountable. God bless all the souls that got caught up in this mess, may you rest somewhere easier than this ride.