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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.
 
Independent and jazz music, as well as music history [60s, 70s, 80s], are the interview topics presented by journalist/songwriter Robert Neil. Some episodes are available as both audio and video podcasts. Audio podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn Radio and all major podcast streaming services. Video podcasts are available on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuArgJm-6kaTVnILSic5lbQ) [NOTE: ‘Robert Neil Speaks with…’ replaces the previous podcast ...
 
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From Canada's East Coast. 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.
 
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Making beats with royalty-free samples should be easy, but it's not. Not only are contentID systems allowing for mistaken copyright claims, but now some producers are using this system to steal money from producers by claiming ownership of royalty-free samples and loops. What should be done? Also, Fivio Foreign and Ma$e both went public about their…
 
Absolute stunners abound on this week’s Independent Music Podcast. Anthony is very excited about the new solo track from Symposium’s Hagop Tchaparian, Gareth has a pair of tracks from Warp Mode pair AK Sports and Bianca Oblivion. We have an absolutely beautiful track from the debut record of Exotic Baryon, we also have a long-awaited debut from Ita…
 
Producers are selling beats, but not getting paid by major labels, even after the labels have released the music-- this is unfortunately a reality for many producers getting their beats placed. Why does this happen? Also, how solid is your team? With the breakup of so many teams-- including Desus and Mero recently-- what can we do to make sure our …
 
We’re cracking out the lengthy crackers on this week’s Independent Music Podcast – taking it into the jazz left field with France’s Scaring the Mice for Revenge and the Swedish duo Maria W Horn and Sara Parkman. We also have bangers from Japan’s Oyubi, Germany’s Rennhorse with DJ Fuckoff and hmurd. We also have the long-awaited return of Adelaide’s…
 
If you're selling or leasing beats online, who owns the beats? There's a lot of confusion about this, but Pain has a strong opinion on single-ownership and why it's a problem that all musicians should fight. Erinn discusses consistency and praises Dame for recording the podcast on his Honeymoon. Erinn and Pain both have a therapy session, right on …
 
A real pick n mix of superb genres on this week’s Independent Music Podcast, from Irish punk of M(H)aol, to Singaporean grind core from Wormrot, stopping by at breakcore, ambient birdsong, and whatever the hell Stabscotch is… We have grime from the legendary Riko Dan, absolutely barnstorming funk from Nashville, and a whole lot more. To listen to t…
 
The topic, again, is Gordon Lightfoot as Robert Neil Speaks with music journalist and historian Nicholas Jennings about his book ‘Lightfoot,’ the authorized biography of the legendary Canadian singer/songwriter. This episode is part two of a three-part series and focuses on Lightfoot’s character, and how the Canadian legend’s principles have someti…
 
Are your beats being taken down from Instagram? Why are social media sites targeting people posting or selling beats online and what's the solution? Pain offers some solutions. Also, let's talk TikTok. Are the numbers fake? Are they silencing black creators? Why do successful TikTok'ers have so few followers on other social platforms?…
 
We’re going fairly deep into the underground on this week’s Independent Music Podcast, with self-released unknown diamonds from Japan, Taiwan, and the UK. From digital dancehall to “the ugliest music in humanity”, via deep drone metal, hiphop, and extreme ambient abstract music. To listen to the full episode, please join our Patreon: patreon.com/in…
 
Are your beats unoriginal? Do unoriginal beats sell well online because rappers are making unoriginal sounding music? Let's talk originality in the music business. Also, Dame is running a record label once again. How can artists actually get signed to labels and what should they NOT do when trying to get signed?…
 
We’re setting out our own club night on this week’s Independent Music Podcast. Well, it might not quite seem that way whilst we’re playing avant-industrial Afghan folk music, soul, or big band numbers, but rattle through breakcore, acid house, and techstep-infused gqom and you’ll be soon moving a bit more freely. To listen to the full episode, plea…
 
Do producers charge too much for beats? Whether they're selling beats online or trying for major placements, are beats unaffordable in 2022? Bobby Shmurda's recent rant about beat prices has only fueled this ongoing conversation. Also, do artists and producers have an obligation to work together "for the love" at any point? We discuss this and more…
 
Real upbeat vibes crash headlong into musique concrète on this week’s Independent Music Podcast. From the electro dubs of Sordid Sound System to French digital dancehall via Persian electro pop of Liraz. Elsewhere, there’s forbidden Chinese avant garde music from long-time favourite Kink Gong, the latest from Icelandic theremin player Hekla, and ob…
 
The topic is Gordon Lightfoot as Robert Neil Speaks with music journalist and historian Nicholas Jennings about his book ‘Lightfoot,’ the authorized biography of the legendary Canadian singer/songwriter. In the first of this three-part interview, Jennings talks about Lightfoot’s early career and his incredibly strong connection to Canada, where he …
 
Producers selling beats to Bobby Shmurda are holding up the project. Why are producer collaborations causing problems? Should Bobby Shmurda pay thousands for beats? We discuss. Russ recently gave advice to artists, but is it going to be taken the right way? We debate and eventually agree.By Music Entrepreneur Club Podcast
 
A phenomenal range of sounds across a truly global Independent Music Podcast this week, kicking off with Baltimore hip-hop experimentation from the superb collaboration between Infinity Knives and Brian Ennals, and taking turns via Egyptian techno grime, Chilean abstract ambient, Canadian-Mexican breakcore, and French whatever you’d describe the cr…
 
If you sell beats online with Beatstars, do you lose your publishing? No, and here is proof. Why is there Beatstars hate spreading around the internet? We discuss. Also, was Lizzo changing her lyrics a positive step? We discuss this, plus much more about producer rights, beat leasing and music business scams in today's episode.…
 
After been forced out of clubs for two years, we’d almost forgotten what a true late night club banger sounded like. Fortunately Lobster Theremin are on hand, specifically with the cracking new D. Dan record, to get you all deep into it this week.Elsewhere it’s a journey all over the world: we have ferocious Polish punk from Ohyda, immense percussi…
 
If you're selling beats online, you've heard the narrative that rappers don't buy beats. Why do so many producers perpetuate this narrative and what harm does it cause to their own brand and to the producer community at large? Also, are artists still pretending to be independent in 2022? Why has Erinn quit touring and what should YOU quit in order …
 
We have a lot of abstraction and lo-fi bouncy dance music on this week’s Independent Music Podcast. From the opening obtuseness of Tasos Stamou’s new record on French label Akuphone, to fellow stablemates Ko Shin Moon’s new self-released blend of Greek, Turkish and Kurdish music, there’s a lot to love through ten strange and experimental tracks. Tr…
 
Should you be selling beats via email? Ever see artists asking producers to "send beats" via social media? Let's talk the benefits and drawbacks of this beat selling method. Also, why is a producer mad at Erinn? Finally, we discuss the fiasco between Monique and DL Hughley and how you can avoid similar situations.…
 
We’ve never really put much value on genre descriptors – the best music seems to be a meld of influences that creates a new sound altogether – and it’s just as well with this show, where we have no words to describe whatever the music of Inhumankind is.We also have a cracking new one from Nihiloxica member pq, whose new record on Lapsus takes you o…
 
Selling beats that contain loops-- especially royalty free loops-- shouldn't result in copyright problems, but it does. Pain explains how he has worked around this problem. Also, Halsey is upset that her label is forcing her to use TikTok in order to release her music and she's not the only one. The MEC has mixed feelings on this topic.…
 
Nothing is ever quite how it seems when it comes to the music of the Independent Music Podcast, and so it continues this week, with Japanese grime crashing head on into no wave synth pop, beautiful danish looping vocal work, tangerine dream pop, and thundering techno – amongst others. We have birdsong from Western Africa, untethered techno from Sou…
 
If you're selling beats online and want to collab on a beat with a top beat seller, is it worth paying for a collab? Pain outlines some business inquiry approaches that can make or break your networking efforts. Dame talks Spotify selling NFTs, questions selling beat NFTs and goes deep into artist/management relationship problems.…
 
Selling beats online or just uploading them on YouTube? Wonder why you're getting copyright strikes for using royalty free samples? The problem is ContentID systems and they may be violating federal copyright law. Will platforms like Splice eventually sue YouTube and other platforms? Also, many good managers do way too much for their artists. This …
 
After last week’s podcast saw artists stretching out the length of their tracks, this week’s sees some of the world’s most exciting independent artists consolidating into shorter tracks of delight. From the gabber of Lady Neptune, to the sound art of Chrome Hoof’s Chlöe Herrington, via the futuristic jazz of Polish five-piece EABS, there’s a lot to…
 
Are you selling beats online? You've probably experienced many beat selling problems including chargebacks, stolen beats, copyright disputes and contentID claims. Are NFTs the solution to fixing beat selling problems? Should you sell beats as NFTs to get rich? We discuss. Also, Drake recently signed a new deal for $400 million. Should he have staye…
 
Exceptional long workouts on this week’s Independent Music Podcast coming at you from all over the musical spectrum. From ferocious Japanese space rock to twisted metal, to fire and brimstone spiritual jazz, there’s a lot to spend some good quality time with. On the shorter side, we have Maori recordings from the early 20th Century, ex-Black Dice/L…
 
If you're selling beats, Soulja Boy has a message for producers trying to get a placement with him. Does Soulja Boy have a point about producers and their beat selling business? It may be all about communication. Speaking of communication, why are so many aspiring artists terrible communicators? We discuss how to NOT be a weirdo when reaching out t…
 
Tracklisting Amaria Hamadalher – Tarhanine (Sahel Sounds, USA) J. Zunz – Ráfaga (Rocket Recordings, UK) Cheb Terro vs DJ Die Soon – Underplanet (Drowned by Locals, Jordan) Alex Figueira – Aprende (Music With Soul, Netherlands) Otoboke Beaver – Dirty old fart is waiting for my reaction (ジジイ is waiting for my reaction) (Damnably, UK) Hatis Noit – Aur…
 
If you make and sell beats online that contain royalty free samples, you may be getting copyright claims. Why? Because the contentID system is a major problem for beat leasing, beat making, and collaboration in general. Also, why are T-Pain's shows flopping and why are so many major artists losing money from touring these days? Is there no money in…
 
We’re back after our week off and we kick off dub heavy, with thumping dubs of Global Switch followed-up with the 8-bit riddims of Robot Riddims. We have synth pop, gothic pop, avant-folk and a whole lot more. Tracklisting Global Switch – Dub Ridddem Arrange 1 (self-release, UK) Robot_Riddims – Warning feat. Rex Domino (self-release, UK) Širom – I …
 
If you're selling beats online, a huge problem for your online beat leasing business is false ContentID claims. Pain explains how the system hurts beat sellers and beat buyers. What's the solution to this major problem? Erinn challenges recording artists and producers alike to be more realistic about their fees after booking agents tried overchargi…
 
There's no new Independent Music Podcast this week, but we're filling that new music void with the first episode of Anthony's new Baba Yaga's Hut podcast, showcasing the artists he's bringing to London in the foreseeable future. Including plenty of podcast favourites old and new. Subscribe by searching 'baba yaga's hut' wherever you're listening to…
 
Making a beat that becomes a hit song is every producer's dream, but what happens when that song is steeped in controversy? That's what happened to DJ Pain 1, who explains fan hating on the hit song he coproduced. Erinn and Dame weigh in on time wasters in the music business and tell stories about endless text and phone conversations. Take heed!…
 
We’re moving fairly uptempo this week. The opening refrain of piano music from 自主制作テクノ(ミヤタ) quickly gives way to blistering techno, and we have plenty of examples of high, obtuse BPM to rattle through a strong hour along with.It’s not all wildly uptempo though, we gave you the first taste of Lia Mice’s new record on Objects Limited way back in Augu…
 
Should you be taking a break from making beats or the music business in general? What if you're experiencing burnout? Pain explains why breaks are a bad idea. Dame rants about music NFT misinformation. Erin explains why she agrees that the music business is the service industry.By Music Entrepreneur Club Podcast
 
What a selection this is! We’re always happy with the selection of music we bring to each and every Independent Music Podcast, but there is something truly magical about this combination of tracks. There’s a whole lot of maximalism in small packages, from the very first track we have heavy jazz skronk combining with ferocious ‘punch a hole in your …
 
Are beat selling problems such as PayPal chargebacks and international payments going to be solved with crypto and NFTs? Dame explains why they will not. Also, Latto is getting heat from so-called fans for only selling out 1000-3000 capacity venues on tour. Why is this a symptom of a deeper problem with the music business?…
 
Plenty of exceptional experimental workouts on this week’s Independent Music Podcast, starting off with a wild change of direction from Comité Hypnotisé, whose new record marks a wild change of direction from last year’s Dubs Pour Oh La La – one of our favourites from 2021. The new direction is equally magnificent though, drawing on a wide range of…
 
Afraid to upload beats or music because you don't fully understand the music business or you're afraid you're not doing it correctly? Stop worrying and embrace making mistakes. Dame and Pain explain how "messy action" is the best way to start selling beats online or building a music career right now. Also, Dame believes the NFT enthusiasm is alread…
 
We’re spending significant time in the northern hemisphere this week, starting off with legendary Afghan Ghazal singer Dr. Mohammad Sadiq Fitrat a.k.a. Nashenas, and moving swiftly into contemporary hypnotic Thai sounds from Mogambo. Trips to Sweden, Israel, and the UK follow, including the fabulous new recorder-led record from Laura Cannell, and s…
 
If you're selling beats online, do you owe your clients marketing and promotion services? What if you have no idea how to do either? Many beat buyers expect promotion along with their purchased beat. Also, Spotify as well as other private companies claim to be able to predict hits and breaking artists. What will this technology do to music?…
 
A real trippy journey on this week’s Independent Music Podcast, where we take you on a wild ride through various interpretations of contemporary psychedelia. From the exquisite vapourware of Naomie Klaus, to the epic metronomic psych experiments of Turkey’s Anadol, via hypnotic ritual chanting from Cobracoral, there’s a whole middle section of this…
 
Does mentality matter for music business success? Erinn believes so, and Pain agrees. Also, Dame discusses the fall of artist development and what that means for artists. Pain also pulls out the numbers to prove that numbers don't mean everything and some low-performing beats become chart-topping hit songs.…
 
Collaborations galore on this week’s Independent Music Podcast, and some true meeting of favourites old and new. Uruguay’s Lila Tirando a Violeta bringing a certified banger to the table alongside Ecuador’s Nicola Cruz, old favourite Clap! Clap! combining with percussionist and fellow Italian Domenico Candellori, Northampton grime MC FFSYTHO making…
 
What are mediocre beats? Benny the Butcher recently made the statement, "You can't afford to rap over mediocre beats." We discuss the implications of his advice, plus we discuss Kanye West's new Stem Player release of Donda 2. Lastly, we address Ghastly's comments that social media has ruined music.By Music Entrepreneur Club Podcast
 
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