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CD or not CD? That is the question.

Where did it all fall apart? In defence of the beleaguered compact disc

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Making a Difference - Preserving The Creative Heart of Cornwall's Forgotten Corner

Maker Heights provides affordable art studios and music spaces for the benefit of the community

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For The Record - The Do's and Don'ts of Releasing Your First Album

So you've recorded your debut album? Nice work! What's next? Well, all of this basically...

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Closing Time - How Can We Save Our Music Venues?

Grassroots venues are disappearing fast. For the music industry to survive, the show must go on...

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The Stylus Council - The Changing Face of Record Store Day
Record Store Day Vinyl

DMS music writer Darren Johns delves into how Record Store Day has evolved since it began 10 years ago.

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Festival Fever - Still Looking To Perform at Music Festivals in 2018?

It's not too late! Top tips for bands applying for those last few 2018 festival slots...

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The Progression of The Music Industry Starts at Home

We caught up with the ISM to talk about the decline of our music scene and how to fix it

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'Time for T' Winners of £2000 DMS x Awesome Merch Competition Prize

Brighton folk quintet bag 250 colour records and £1000 of Awesome merch in recent competition

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Representing DMS at FastForward International Music Conference

We sent Sam and Tom across to the FastForward flagship music conference in Amsterdam

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DMS & Awesome Merch Offer Up £2000+ Album Launch Package Prize

In a Band? Dream of Starting A Label? You Could Win 250 Colour Records In Custom Sleeves and £1000 of Awesome Merchandise...

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DMS Pledge New Computer Suite for African School

DMS Action a 5 Year Financial Support Plan and Begin Accumulating Further Donations of Technology

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Legislation to Protect Future of Music Venues Brought to Parliament

Today Could Mark a Significant Turning Point in The Future Of The British Music Industry

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DMS Announced as Title Sponsor For AIM's Indie-Con 2018

DMS Link Up With AIM Once Again To Support Our Vibrant Independent Music Sector

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Back in Time - A Brief History of the Vinyl Record

We all love them now, but where did the vinyl record originate?

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Southwest Composer Joins Alter Bridge at Royal Albert Hall

Simon Dobson Conducted The Accompanying Parallax Orchestra

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Dave Cornthwaite Completes 14th 1000+ Mile Expedition

The Pedal Powered Adventurer Cycled The Length or Norway, By Boat

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Renowned Frontman To Reopen Local Pub as Music Venue

Mike Mathieson of Mad Dog McRea Has Always Supported Emerging Talent

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DMS at The Great Escape Festival 2017

DMS & AIM To Host The Great Escape Festival Opening Drinks Reception

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Picking Up The Pace With Dino Zamparelli

DMS Team Up With Southwest Racing Driver To Battle For The Porsche Carrera Cup

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DMS in Zimbabwe with the Makakoba Project

DMS Collaborate With Major Artists On An African Sustainable Education Mission

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1600 Miles And Counting

Positivity & Exploration - Dave Cornthwaite vs The Mississippi River

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Dave Cornthwaites' Expedition1000

From Designer to Adventurer - Why We Love Dave Cornthwaites' Style

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DMS & Pete Goss say PACK IT IN!

DMS Join Forces With Legendary Southwest Sailor Pete Goss MBE

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2007 Archipelago Raid

DMS Sponsor Two British Teams in the 2007 Archipelago Raid

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Introducing Conrad Humphreys

DMS Partner With International Yachtsman Conrad Humphreys

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Blue Climate And Oceans Project
Conrad Humphreys

Conrad Humphreys Launches the ‘Blue Climate And Oceans Project'

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DMS Sponsored 'Indie-Con 2018' is a Roaring Success

Last Thursday saw a 450 strong gathering of forward-thinking independents converge on Glazier’s Hall to participate in AIM’s revered Indie-Con event. The sold out conference offered a full day of insightful panels, interviews and keynotes covering an array of increasingly relevant topics, including a case study of Laura Marling’s successful album release campaign, tips on accessing Australian and New Zealand markets, and a heavyweight panel discussing what Brexit means for the music industry and movement of musicians and their touring parties. Other sessions covered the future of radio plugging, A&R in the digital age, mental health in music and a well-attended Let’s Get Physical talk on the growth and resurgence of the vinyl record, on which our main man Sam had a lot to say.

DMS Brand Development Manager Tom Ogilvie spoke about the strength of the music industry and highlighted some of the many roles that DMS have played in supporting this growth over a number of years.

DMS Brand Development Manager Tom Ogilvie spoke about the strength of the music industry and highlighted some of the many roles that DMS have played in supporting this growth over a number of years.

The attendees list boasted an impressive spread of labels, distributors and many of the music-centric organisations that comprise AIM’s ever-growing membership, and the panels fielded intelligent questions from rapt audiences that really served to highlight the credibility in the room and the relevance of AIM’s chosen topics. Imogen Heap’s enlightening discussion on her perception of the future of songwriting using tech like blockchain was a clear highlight for many, and the admittance that none of the political heavyweights on the Brexit panel could reassure anyone about Brexit didn’t go unnoticed by a bemused crowd. The latter panellists included the likes of Labour’s Hilary Benn and was chaired by UK Music’s Michael Dugher, who is widely recognised as one of the main instigators of the ‘Agent of Change’ movement to protect UK music venues, that the government recently pledged to adopt into future planning policy.

DMS Director Sam Reynolds sharing his experiences and opinions around the vinyl resurgence on the Let's Get Physical panel.

DMS Director Sam Reynolds sharing his experiences and opinions around the vinyl resurgence on the Let's Get Physical panel.

The morning began in typical London fashion, with severe delays across the tube affecting even the best laid plans, and the welcome speeches being pushed back to give delegates a chance to arrive. As title sponsor of the event, we were given the opportunity to say a few words of welcome and talk a little about some of the community projects that we’ve initiated or invested in, and which we continue to support to this day. As the only major supplier of vinyl records and discs in the Southwest, DMS have a rich history of supporting local creative ventures, educational projects, grassroots venues and emerging artists and labels from our region. Indie-con also marked the launch our latest vinyl offering, South X West Vol I, which we presented to a large majority of attendees throughout the day. The record demonstrates that it’s possible to produce a stunning record on a modest budget, while supporting a selection of emerging acts from our corner of the nation.

South X West, DMS present selection of emerging local talent lovingly pressed to vinyl.

South X West records in their totes; DMS presented Indie-Con delegates with a selection of emerging local talent, lovingly pressed to vinyl.

Throughout the day, the passion and strength of the independent sector was exhibited wherever we looked, from startup labels chatting excitedly or nervously about their new ventures, to established companies and recognisable faces deep in knowledgeable debates over key issue facing the music industry today. Events like Indie-Con play a vital role in continuing to fuel the growth of the independent sector – allowing us to share knowledge and opinion, debate key issues, inspire, be inspired, and of course make lasting connections that help everyone here grow and evolve together. Our collective strength as an industry is dependent on the individual strengths of every person working within it, and with the potential of further financial and political challenges on the horizon, there has never been a more important time for everyone operating within this vibrant sector to stick together.

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