‘Indie labels need to be more professional than ever to thrive’

The AIM Independent Music Awards returns on August 25. In the weeks leading up to this year's ceremony, The IMI will be sitting down with the people behind the nominees for Best Small Label. This week, meet Strut Records founder Quinton Scott…

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‘We need to inform regional strategy rather than simply be affected by it’

The newly launched West Midlands Music Board in the UK brings together a diverse range of industry insiders to make sure the area’s musical contribution is recognised, maintained and invested in for the future…

'The music industry of old needs to be put out of its misery'

The AIM Independent Music Awards returns on August 25. In the weeks leading up to this year's ceremony, The IMI will be sitting down with the people behind the nominees for Best Small Label. This week, meet Sonic Cathedral's Nathaniel Cramp…

ArtLed is tipping a new generation of stereotype-busting Japanese artists to go global

The curtain was pulled off NexTone’s new music division in June. ArtLed boss Takahiko Kakiuchi says the company has a “great advantage” in Japan’s fast-growing digital market…

‘Sky’s the limit’ for Marina Maximilian as AntiFragile sets global targets

The Israeli household name gets a boost from Spotify EQUAL campaign as her New York based label AntiFragile announces a new UK office headed by Wally van Middendorp

Simon Jones says Drag Race roster deserves mainstream support but faces ‘industry snobbery’

Intention Records is the newly founded label by PR Simon Jones and G-A-Y owner Jeremy Joseph. It’s roster of Ru Paul Drag Race UK stars has a loyal following, the backing of serious songwriting talent and ambitions to put out high quality pop – but Jones says there are lots of closed doors that drag artists still need to smash through…

‘Live-streaming can level playing field for emerging acts,’ says Achal Dhillon

The Killing Moon boss recently renewed a partnership with student events platform Native.fm, which has delivered 1,400 hybrid or content-based shows to universities since the Covid outbreak. Dhillon believes that the hybrid live model will continue to have a big part to play post-pandemic…

Don Jazzy: ‘Afrobeat will hit global mainstream, so we need to train industry leaders’

Africa’s biggest independent Afrobeat label, the Lagos-based Mavin Records outlined plans for a new music business talent programme in May. The company's founder Don Jazzy says it's all in preparation for the imminent Afrobeat explosion...

‘Innovative indies can lead diversity drive’

Ammo Talwar MBE and Paulette Long OBE – Chair and Vice Chair of The UK Music Diversity Taskforce, respectively - urge independents not to underestimate the impact they can have when it comes to increasing representation across the music industry.

Stories Of Resilience: How Nacional, Tommy Boy and Fire Talk survived Covid lockdown

The three US indies exchanged experiences and insights into how they adapted in the face of adversity to stay active and support their artists during Covid-hit 2020.

Cherry Red has bought metal label Dissonance and hired Dan Tobin to run it

“It has its own eco-system that isn't solely reliant on streaming playlists, or charting records,” says Tobin of the heavy metal genre. "It has prospered, and will continue to prosper, outside of the mainstream."

John Telfer on approaching publishing like a manager and building a go-to partner in Brazil

Canada’s Casablanca Media, Australia's Mushroom Music, Oyez! in Italy.... After just a few years in business, Rocking Gorillas has established itself as a Brazilian rep for indie publishers all over the world. Now John Telfer, Helena Cavalcanti and Maira Colucci are building their own roster of talent.

‘A powerful force for independent music’: Tributes paid to Michael Gudinski

The Mushroom Group founder and music industry legend passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Melbourne, Australia.

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Tileyard Connected kicks-off with Creative Communities panel

Nick Keynes, Rebecca Ayres, Kat Ober and Paul Pacifico explore virtual and physical communities within the creative industries, and the core elements that hold them together...

Report: Ayishat Akanbi and Seye Adelekan lead second Sound City Digital

Sound City Digital returned to the Guesthouse streaming platform at the end of April with music professionals, artists and commentators beaming in from all over the world to discuss the state of the modern music biz and beyond...

Keatly Haldeman x Andre Benz: The past, present and future of Trap Nation

With 30 million subscribers and more than 12 billion views, Trap Nation is one of the most successful music curation channels on YouTube. Today, it is the flagship of a genre-spanning group of channels called The Nations. Founder Andre Benz spoke with Riptide CEO Keatly Haldeman about his journey so far, his take on the music biz as an outsider, and his ambitions for the future.

Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn

Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn: 'We had meetings with big labels and were never impressed'

Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn have been completely independent for more than a decade now. It certainly hasn't held them back - today they have more than half a million monthly listeners and 46,000 followers on Spotify alone. Here they speak to their label services partner Absolute following the release of their latest LP Handle With Care in March.

Can music's new 'sizzle' as an asset class push power to publishers and songwriters?

Golnar Khosrowshahi, Larry Mestel and Merck Mercuriadis made their case to Nigel Elderton, Helienne Lindvall and publishers from all over the world at IMPF's 2021 General Assembly. The ultimate question? How can this part of the industry combine to get more from the modern music ecosystem?

'I’m not interested in fitting into the music industry, I’m trying to build my own tribe'

A multi-instrumentalist and producer, George Barnett has thrived in lockdown - and gained a new sense of self.

'I don't have a traditional label deal and my level of control is massive'

More than half a million YouTube subscribers, 100 million video views, and Hannah Trigwell is still completely indie.