What's in store for touring musicians post-Brexit? What else will be impacted by restricted freedom of movement? The outlook isn't good.Read more
Chris caught up with local venue managers to share what music promoters look for when being approached by new acts.Read more
What to look out for and how to ensure that the people you love don't suffer in silence.Read more
Where did it all fall apart? In defence of the beleaguered compact discRead more
We're on the hunt for candidates to fill a creative role in account management - is that you?Read more
Maker Heights provides affordable art studios and music spaces for the benefit of the communityRead more
So you've recorded your debut album? Nice work! What's next? Well, all of this basically...Read more
Grassroots venues are disappearing fast. For the music industry to survive, the show must go on...Read more
DMS music writer Darren Johns delves into how Record Store Day has evolved since it began 10 years ago.Read more
It's not too late! Top tips for bands applying for those last few 2018 festival slots...Read more
We caught up with the ISM to talk about the decline of our music scene and how to fix itRead more
Brighton folk quintet bag 250 colour records and £1000 of Awesome merch in recent competitionRead more
We sent Sam and Tom across to the FastForward flagship music conference in AmsterdamRead more
In a Band? Dream of Starting A Label? You Could Win 250 Colour Records In Custom Sleeves and £1000 of Awesome Merchandise...Read more
DMS Action a 5 Year Financial Support Plan and Begin Accumulating Further Donations of TechnologyRead more
Today Could Mark a Significant Turning Point in The Future Of The British Music IndustryRead more
DMS Link Up With AIM Once Again To Support Our Vibrant Independent Music SectorRead more
We all love them now, but where did the vinyl record originate?Read more
Simon Dobson Conducted The Accompanying Parallax OrchestraRead more
The Pedal Powered Adventurer Cycled The Length or Norway, By BoatRead more
Mike Mathieson of Mad Dog McRea Has Always Supported Emerging TalentRead more
DMS & AIM To Host The Great Escape Festival Opening Drinks ReceptionRead more
DMS Team Up With Southwest Racing Driver To Battle For The Porsche Carrera CupRead more
DMS Collaborate With Major Artists On An African Sustainable Education MissionRead more
Positivity & Exploration - Dave Cornthwaite vs The Mississippi RiverRead more
From Designer to Adventurer - Why We Love Dave Cornthwaites' StyleRead more
DMS Join Forces With Legendary Southwest Sailor Pete Goss MBERead more
Conrad Humphreys Launches the ‘Blue Climate And Oceans Project'Read more
12th February 2018
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.
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.
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 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.