Independent Music

Diary Of A SXSW Virgin

Lara Baker | Posted 17.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Lara Baker

SXSW (or South By South West, to use its full name) is widely known by the music industry and music fans as the ultimate showcasing festival for new music. Each year in March the World's music industry decamps to Austin, Texas, for six long days and nights of BBQ, margaritas, tacos and live music. And this week, for the first time, I'm amongst them.

Resistance and Responsibility - Why Enter Shikari Matter

Olly Hunter | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Olly Hunter

I spoke to Rou Reynolds (vocals) and Rob Rolfe (drums) on the night of their much anticipated return to the live scene. A homecoming show, on the eve of a stint of global touring hitting Russia, Eastern Europe and the United States before coming back to a huge slot on this year's Reading and Leeds main stage.

An Independent Artist's Take on Spotify

Ron Pope | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ron Pope

Until a few years ago, I was deriving 95% of my income from selling digital singles; if there's anyone who should be afraid of streaming, it's me. Instead, I'm watching my fanbase grow exponentially as my fans utilize social networking and streaming sites like Spotify to create an honest to goodness grassroots movement.

The Day Whitey Hit the World's Headlines

Bytestories | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment

For fans used to this man's rants about the music industry, it comes as a pleasant surprise to see his cause in lights. In case you're still unaware, he has produced five rock/electro albums and has had his music featured in arguably two of the world's best TV series - with one being The Sopranos.

AIM Independent Music Awards 2013: And The Nominees Are...

Lara Baker | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lara Baker

It's now less than four weeks until the third annual AIM Independent Music Awards takes place, and last night we were finally able to reveal this year's nominees. And what a fine bunch they are! Our judges have done a terrific job this year of shining a spotlight on the wealth and diversity of talent supported by the UK's thriving independent labels.

Gun Club Cemetery-Alan McGee Returns to the Music Business

Jason Holmes | Posted 21.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jason Holmes

Alan McGee the man who gave us Oasis, Primal Scream and The Jesus and Mary Chain on Creation Records, has returned to the musical fold, which - for anyone even remotely interested in British music - is a welcome development.

A Christmas Market With a Difference: Mince Pies, Mulled Wine and Independent Record Labels

Lara Baker | Posted 26.01.2013 | UK Entertainment
Lara Baker

I am an absolute sucker for Christmas markets. Each year, drawn by the cute little huts, twinkly lights and festive music, I drag my (less enthusiastic) other half along to one of the UK's growing number of Christmas markets.

AIM Independent Music Awards Winners: Alt-J, Adele, Wiley, First Aid Kit, Enter Shikari and The Prodigy

Lara Baker | Posted 30.12.2012 | UK Entertainment
Lara Baker

The second AIM Independent Music Awards took place last night in London, the culmination of a year's worth of work for myself and the AIM Awards team.

Does the Music Industry Really Need Another Awards Show? Well Yes, Actually...

Lara Baker | Posted 30.10.2012 | UK Entertainment
Lara Baker

Why would AIM, the body looking after the UK's independent labels and their artists, decide to shoehorn one more awards show into the already full-to-bursting calendar?

Dare to be an Indie Author?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 10.08.2012 | Home
Laxmi Hariharan

I am just back from The Literary Consultancy's (TLC) revolutionary Writing in a Digital Age conference. Organise...

Why Adele Proves That Being Indie is the way Forward

Paul Carey | Posted 30.10.2011 | UK Entertainment
Paul Carey

It's never been a better time to be independent. Not only in the music industry but in every way. With an ipad and a smartphone and a good idea you can run a business from anywhere. People are being laid off work because belts are being tightened.