Independent’s Day is new ten part radio series looking at the state of independent music in Ireland. Alternative culture and independent music has a rich history in Ireland and record labels are a big part of that. These small businesses bring drive and passion to signing, promoting and selling non mainstream music.
Across ten episodes, Independent’s Day will feature an in depth look at Irish independent record labels with interviews with the originators of these labels. It will focus on their original concept for the label, as well as their desire to promote the music they love.
The music business has changed drastically over the last 20 years since the advent of the internet and the ensuing consequences of Napster, legal and illegal downloading and streaming. The label founders will give an insight into how they choose what bands to sign, the vinyl revolution, the importance of artwork, Spotify, live shows and distributing and promoting music to an Irish and international audience.
Bands and artists from each record label will give their take on making music in 2019. With the changes in the industry, being in a band is not a career option for most people, so why do they do it? They will discuss the importance of collaborating with an independent label, their creative processes, making a living as an artist and the thriving disparate music scenes in Ireland.
Independent record labels from all around the country will feature in Independent’s Day with genres from indie, folk, hip hop, sound art, jazz, traditional and electronic.
Each episode will feature a different independent record label.
Episode 1 – Art For Blind Records
Episode 2 – Word Up Collective
Episode 3 – Homebeat Presents
Episode 4 – Raelach Records
Episode 5 – Lyte Records
Episode 6 – Rusted Rail
Episode 7 – Strange Brew
Episode 8 – Farpoint Recordings
Episode 9 – Rua Sound
Episode 10 – Out on a Limb
This programme was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television License Fee. Produced by Alan Meaney. Visit alanmeaney.ie for more.
Episode 1 will be broadcast on RTÉ 2XM on Monday April 22nd at 1pm.