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A weekly show that brings you ten new tracks from artists from across the world. We cover every genre conceivable, from abstract techno, mutated dancehall, dark metal to Chinese bin lid music or something else - if it's recorded outside of the major label system, we're up for playing it. You'll find music you love, music you don't understand, and music that'll change your life.
 
Drums and more. Your host has studied jazz, toured in an indie band, taught, DJ’d, barista’d, busked, once trained as a "Sales Architect" at a call centre on the advice of a guy who picked him up hitch-hiking. Before that, he was the bassist in a hard rock band for like 2 weeks. He tried smoking a cigarette on stage. It stung his eyes. We talk it out every other Tuesday.
 
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Nipsey Hussle's next album will be an NFT. Are NFT albums valuable? Will the NFT bros come for Erinn and Pain for their ignorance? Producers selling beats online or seeking beat placements with big artists are signing bad contracts and contracts they don't understand, but there's also a sinister game that major labels play to avoid paying producers…
 
What a start to 2022! Ten new tracks for you that are extraordinary in their variety and invention. From the opening track from Alex Silva and the enigmatic music of Tony Gallardo, through to a blistering collaboration between Slikback and Giant Swan, which is as good as you’d dare to hope from two of electronic music’s great trailblazers. Elsewher…
 
Why did T-Pain get cussed out for offering a job opportunity online? We discuss unprofessionalism in the music business. Also, artist Chelsea Cutler claims TikTok ruined music and that creating content is too stressful for a musician. Is she correct? We compare the stresses of the music business to an unfulfilling 9-to-5 job.…
 
We're off for a couple of weeks, so we're delving into our archives for you. This week we've got this cracker of a favourites compilation from 2018. Even though we sit here having played music from 390 releases this year, we feel a bit uneasy producing a ‘best of’ 2018 when there’s still so much great music we haven’t heard. But from what we have h…
 
We're off for a couple of weeks, so we're delving into our archives for you. This week we've got this cracker of a favourites compilation from 2017. The first of our three part ‘best of 2017’ showcases some of our favourite tunes from the year. This week we have the 7″ stunner from Idris Ackamoor, the digital dubs of Roger Robinson and Disrupt, hip…
 
Is sampling stealing? Many producers claim sampling is the same as stealing drum and sample kits. Pain shares why he thinks sample clearance is unfair. Erinn and Dame debate whether or not the music business is slavery and the group discusses Summer Walker's record deal and why it may be either unfair or standard.…
 
This year we’ve had more listeners than ever before – thousands of people with exceptional taste. The prove it, we asked our Patrons to vote for their favourite tracks from the podcast in 2021, and the list is absolutely stellar! We have two visits to Niger, three collaborations between podcast favourites, experimental hiphop, accordion music and a…
 
Our second part of our favourite records from 2021 is a eclectic trip around the globe, taking in gqom out of Mexico, hip-hop from the Philippines, jazz from Chicago, dub from Belgium, amongst others. We have baroque pop, digital dancehall, and a whole lot more. Get tickets to our live show: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/independent-music-podcast-li…
 
OK, not really a holiday episode, but Dan's new book makes a great "holiday gift." As for the interview, it's real and it's spectacular. DAN OZZI is a New York-raised, LA-based writer. He's got a new book called “Sellout: The Major-Label Feeding Frenzy That Swept Punk, Emo, and Hardcore (1994–2007)". He's written for outlets you've read and intervi…
 
If you're selling beats online or trying to make it in the industry, chances are, a so-called bigger producer is trying to scam you. This is how they do it and why you should avoid their DMs and promises of beat placements and more. Does it all boil down to clout? Erinn discusses why clout still matters in the music business and why she is sick of …
 
What a year it’s been. Terrible for many people in many ways, but the music has been absolutely sublime. This is the first episode of us revealing our favourite records of the year. We start with ferocious political afrobeat and move between free jazz, field recordings, psych, techno, and more. Thank you to all the amazing artists and labels who ha…
 
When you're trying to send beats or music, but you don't get any replies, what do you do next? Should you continue messaging them or chill? Dame and Pain disagree. Also, do labels choose NOT to sign talent? Why do people continue to make the claim that labels aren't giving deals to talented musicians? Let's discuss.…
 
We clock up 350 episodes of the Independent Music Podcast with the last conventional podcast of 2021, proving that there’s still time for a new favourite artist of the year to emerge. There are plenty of options here for you, from the long-awaited return of Black Dice to the truly exceptional emergence of Princess Diana of Wales – the project of Lo…
 
The spiritual woozy psychedelia of Milan’s Al Doum and the Faryds gets us underway this week as we welcome longer nights with exceptional atmospheric music from all corners. No track encompasses that greater than the wonderful new Jessica Moss track on Constellation – it’s one to put the headphones on for, as is the stunner from Canadian compatriot…
 
Producers who are selling beats online or trying to get beat placements often get discouraged, but some of them espouse jealously and bitterness. How can we change this trend? Pain has some advice for producers. Also, how much do we want to change the music business for the better? There are companies that we should support, so why don't we?…
 
“Hmm, what’s that smell?” Well it’s another Independent Music Podcast, which kicks off this week with The Smell of Metal – the latest cold wave banger coming out of the Mannequin Records stable over in Germany. If you peel back the layers, you’ll find a whole heap of special music on this episode: we have more bangers in the shape of Lisbon’s Tia M…
 
London label Mais Um’s ear for extraordinary music from Brazil continues unabated with the exceptional track that opens this week’s Independent Music Podcast. The music of Juçara Marçal is relatively new to us, but the first few bars of her astonishing track ‘Crash’ sink their hooks into you very quickly. It’s a stunning way to get going. What foll…
 
"I forced myself to finish my beats," explains DJ Pain 1. In this episode we discuss the problems with finishing songs and projects and why it's important for your music career. Also, the subject of Drake's fake-it-til-you-make-it strategy is on the table. Would Drake have succeeded without renting the Rolls Royce? We discuss these topics and more …
 
We keep reading about the new Blawan release “shedding the ‘techno’ box he has so often been put in” but his new, exceptional record on XL shows us a consistently innovative artist continuing a journey we’ve enjoyed since ‘Getting Me Down’ back in 2011. It’s a must-listen and a probably must-buy for those who like your electronics a little off-kilt…
 
Why did Dame own Dizzy Wright's masters after the Funk Volume label folded? There's good reason, however Dizzy Wright recently took shots at Dame in a viral Instagram post in which he questions his deal and lies about the details of his Funk Volume deal. We analyze his post and Dame clarifies Dizzy's deal points, how much money he invested into Diz…
 
There’s nothing that’ll kickstart your body quite like a funky slice of Algerian-born Amazigh music. The lead track from Habibi Funk’s Majid Soula compilation is a real hip-shaker, and just the tonic for whatever ales you this week. There’s a lot more than that to get stuck into as well – from clattering percussive electronics from the new Jerusale…
 
They're remaking your beats and reselling them-- maybe. If you're selling beats online, some producers are offering to remake your beats for money. But what happens next? Also, why don't most rappers/producers survive? Because they can't add value beyond just music. We discuss all this and more in today's episode.…
 
Two sublime reissues bookend this week’s Independent Music Podcast. We open with the gospel soul from Pastor T.L. Barrett and close with the gorgeous avant-folk from Japan courtesy of Reiko and Tori Kudo. Between those, we go on a wild journey, including the mutant techno of Jlin, detective jazz of Aging alongside Land Trance, South American psyche…
 
Selling beats online comes with hazards-- DJ Pain 1 got his beats stolen and reuploaded to all the streaming platforms. What should you do when this happens and why shouldn't you be afraid? Also, we address the Karen Civil backlash, Instagram going down and this fake Waffle House tour controversy in today's episode.…
 
After our week away last week, we have a truly sublime selection this week. There’s a real record of the year contender out of left field from Chinese artist Yikii, who blends classical music with post-industrial haunted Chinese nursery rhymes, there’s the last recording from Finnish experimental pioneer Pekka Airaksinen, and the latest ace new rec…
 
Are there too many beatmakers selling beats online and industry producers who don't play instruments? Ebro says so. We respond. Also, if you were paid 50,000 for a show, how would you split that money among your team? Erinn and Dame have some ideas, which follows-up our conversation about whether managers deserve 20 percent and more. Let the sparks…
 
We are off this week so we decided to revisit this extraordinary selection of tracks from 2018. Including some people with new records on the horizon including 700 Bliss, Ko Shin Moon, and Colin Stetson... back next week. Even though we sit here having played music from 390 releases this year, we feel a bit uneasy producing a ‘best of’ 2018 when th…
 
A mellow but extraordinarily varied podcast this week, as we explore some of the latest releases across the musical spectrum. From Japanese folk to ferocious noise rock, stopping off at hip hop, Indonesian avant garde experimentation, roots reggae, and library music. There’s a lot to enjoy on this relatively short – but packed full of goodness – ep…
 
It's a return for some popular names on this week's Independent Music Podcast. We got ourselves very excited when we heard of Richard Dawson collaborating with Finnish underground dominators Circle and the first results - appearing on the show - are worthy of the anticipation. We also have the new one from perennial pod favourites GNOD, a track we …
 
Should you quit your job to pursue music? Pain explains how he quit his job to pursue selling beats full time, while Dame tells the story of getting laid off and starting Funk Volume with Hopsin. Dame believes you can hold down a 9 to 5 while pursuing a music career and explains how a 9 to 5 can even HELP your music career.…
 
Heavy hitters abound on this week’s Independent Music Podcast, gathering highlights including the dark drum and bass of Kesa Getame on ANA, the Krikor remix of Cairo’s Dijit, and an absolutely sublime new one from Mira Calix on Warp. Tracklisting The Umlauts – Um Politik (PRAH Recordings, UK) Kesa Getame – B2 (ANA, UK) Kulk – Shuck (Hominid Sounds,…
 
We go in hard this week, with the consistently dancefloor filling Otim Alpha terrorising us with his high BPM electro Acholi sounds. There are let-ups sprinkled across the pod, with the exquisite new Elena Setien record on Thrill Jockey, and spiritual jazz from Irreversible Entanglements. Mostly though, we’re going uptempo, with a cracker from Rose…
 
Pain's first beat placement was credited to Kanye West when the tracklist leaked. Beatmakers/producers often find themselves uncredited on many projects-- why is that? Dame discusses the Donda drama with rapper Soulja Boy angry at his verse being left off the album.By Music Entrepreneur Club Podcast
 
Don't tag your beats? Even if you're selling beats online or getting major placements? Top producers, including Mustard and Digital Nas, say "no" to tags. Why is that? Also, Spotify royalty rates drop even lower with a new option algorithm boost. Is this a good idea for artists to opt into?By Music Entrepreneur Club Podcast
 
From punk black metal to fingerpicking folk, via the "mind-spanking workouts" of the fabulous Ábris Gryllus and bouncy electronics of Lia Mice, there's pretty much something for everyone on this week's podcast. Tracklisting Betamax vs Clive Bell - Visions (Byrd Out, UK) KUUNATIC - Tītián (Glitterbeat Records, Germany) HTRK - Kiss Kiss and Rhineston…
 
Selling beats online is a great way for most beat makers to make money and recording artists to get high quality production for a low price. But PayPal chargebacks often affect the beat sellers the most. Pain offers a solution and the internet reacts. Dame picks up on claims that Tory Lanez NFT wasn't as successful as reported.…
 
Percussive music from Nairobi kicks us off this week on a usually eclectic Independent Music Podcast. We have avant-folk from Newcastle, the latest extraordinary hiphop experiments from Pink Siifu, a new electronic label from Shanghai, a collaboration between Jamaica!! and pod favourites Sly & the Family Drone, and lots more. Tracklisting Leon Dunc…
 
We're (momentarily) back baby!! On this EXTRA SPECIAL BONUS EPISODE, your regular HOST is the GUEST!! From March, in his other guise as SUNNYSIDE UPPERS on "I Like Your Style", a podcast hosted by Elder Brycen of the GOLDEN PLATES, a band out of San Diego USA. We're releasing it on the eve of the new Uppers single "MARY" (streaming everywhere Fri 1…
 
Phenomenal experimental music spanning from Vietnamese electronics to Mexican disco to lots in-between. Stopping off for a cut from the Solemn Brigham LP on Mello Music Group, downtempo hiphop from Germany, polyrhythmic electronics from Poland, Instagram found sounds, Cameroonian house and a whole lot more. Tracklisting Rắn Cạp Đuôi Collective – In…
 
Selling beats online, cheap mics and other studio gear, and easy distribution has allowed virtually anybody to make and sell music. So why does so much of it sound the same? We discuss T-Pain's recent rant about music all sounding the same, and why, as well as weird behaviors in the music business.By Music Entrepreneur Club Podcast
 
Dub abounds in many of its forms on the Independent Music Podcast this week, from the heavy pounding of Kevin Martin’s The Bug, to funk-infused dub experiments from Tim Vanhamel’s Comité Hypnotisé moniker, via dub steppers from the master Alpha Steppas. We also have Japanese punk from the ace O’ Summer Vacation, sludge metal from Brazil’s Papangu, …
 
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