Stephan Schmitz
The Sisyphean Quest for a Good Record Deal


Commissioned | Professional

Why did you make this work:
Music labels regularly present young and aspiring musicians with lopsided contracts that tilt ownership in their favor, put low royalty rates in fine print, or hide other exploitative clauses behind legalese and sky-high advances. These practices constrain an artist if they get bigger later on.

How was the illustration used:
Editorial half page

How did you make this work:

Commissioner Name :
Rolling Stone
Commissioner Company :
Rolling Stone

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Currently Based:
Zürich, Switzerland

Stephan Schmitz was born in 1983 in the Dominican Republic to a German father and a Swiss mother. He studied Illustration at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. Stephan specialises in making initially simple images convey reams of information. This ability has made him very popular for editorial and advertising work.