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Steve is joined by Laurence Bell from Domino, Toby L from Transgressive and Martin Mills from Beggars for a discussion of the current state of indie record labels in the UK.

With the recession biting, the market place dominance of the 'Big Four' labels and the changing digital landscape, the future could be bleak for Independent record labels, and yet 99% of music businesses are micro, small or medium sized enterprises. These 'independents' produce 80% of all new releases, whilst artists signed to independent labels have claimed five of the last seven Mercury Mercury Music Prizes.

Steve Lamacq takes a closer look at 'State Of Independents' today with three luminaries of the industry. Martin Mills from Beggars Group, Lawrence Bell from Domino, Toby L from Transgressive will be in the studio to join in the debate and give a sense of where the music industry is going in a time of global recession.

Steve Lamacq says "It's a chance to celebrate some of the most passionate music in Britain at the moment and examine the differences between indie and major labels - how they work, what they sign and how smaller labels can survive and prosper on a sometimes limited budget".

3 hours

Last on

Tue 23 Nov 2010 16:00

Music Played

  • The Byrds

    So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star

    • Columbia.
  • Mr Twin Sister

    All Around And Away We Go

    • CD SINGLE.
    • Double Six.
    • 1.
  • Senseless Things

    Too Much Kissing

  • Fiction

    Big Things

    • CD SINGLE.
    • Hit Club.
    • 1.
  • Donna Summer

    I Feel Love

    • Mercury.
  • The Coral - Walking In The Winter

  • Supergrass

    Caught By The Fuzz

    • Parlophone.
  • The Prodigy

    Out of Space

    • XL.
  • The Drums

    Me And The Moon

    • CD SINGLE.
    • Moshi Moshi / Island.
    • 1.
  • The Chameleons

    Up The Down Escalator

    • blue apple music.
    • 5.
  • Deerhunter


    • CD SINGLE.
    • 4 A.D..
    • 1.
  • Jimmy Soul

    If You Wanna Be Happy

    • (CD Single).
    • Epic.
  • The Heartbreakers

    Chinese Rocks

    • Jungle Records.
  • Grinderman

    Worm Tamer

    • CD SINGLE.
    • Mute.
    • 1.
  • Pixies

    Bone Machine

    • 4 A.D..
  • Machine Boy

    Happy Very Happy

    • shotgun charlie.
    • 1.
  • The Farmer's Boys

    In The Country

    • EMI.
  • The Vaccines

    Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra)

    • CD SINGLE.
    • Marshall Teller.
    • 1.
  • Girls


    • Broken Dreams Club.
    • 4.
  • Doves

    Catch The Sun

    • Heavenly.
  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

    Heart In Your Heartbreak

    • CD SINGLE.
    • 1.
  • The Popguns

    Waiting for the Winter

    • rough trade.
    • 3.
  • Shy FX Featuring Kano, Donae'o And Roses Gabor

    Raver (radio edit)

  • Buzzcocks

    What Do I Get?

    • EMI.
  • Zola Jesus

    Poor Animal

    • CD SINGLE.
    • 1.
  • Paul Weller

    From The Floorboards Up

    • V2.
  • Villagers

    Ship Of Promises

    • CD SINGLE.
    • DOMINO.
    • 1.
  • Johnny Flynn & Laura Marling

    The Water

    • CD SINGLE.
    • Transgressive.
    • 1.
  • Goldheart Assembly

    Last Decade

    • Fierce Panda Records.