Curated by Juliana Koranteng, key independent music figures talk about what goes on behind the scenes. This is a series of bite-sized and informative episodes hosted by Juliana in London and edited in Brussels by Romuald Dagry. In the time it takes you to to back up your computer or walk your dog, get a closer look at what moves those who shape the landscape of independent music in Europe today.
Eve Horne, founder of Peak Music UK and creator of We Are the Unheard podcast series, on equity, diversity and inclusion in the music industry. She is part of numerous initiatives making change including Keychange, Moving the needle and UK music. She talks about her career, discrimination in the sector and how to tackle it, current projects she’s working on and her advice to take action. Eve is also a producer under the name MAGPIE and she shares what’s on her playlist.
On Eve’s playlist: ABBA, Kate Bush (check out MAGPIE’s cover of “Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush)
Alexandra Hale, Alice Lambert & Sibylle Polster
K7 Music and Ernst Reuter School on their community music project with students. Alexandra Hale & Alice Lambert from K7 Music and Sibylle Polster from Ernst Reuter School talk about their first project together. Two songs were written and performed with students aged around 14, which were released on May 9th here and here. Our guests talk about the process and how this kind of project helps students access music and knowledge. They also mention K7’s broader work on diversity and inclusion and what’s on their playlists.
On Alexandra's playlist: Drake, Kendrick Lamar
On Alice's playlist: The school project's tracks: Sweet Dream by Red Roses of Blood and The Nitroman by Light Squad, Mitski.
On Sibylle's playlist: Bob Dylan - Not dark yet
Jude McArdle and Will Hutton
Jude McArdle from AIM and Will Hutton from Beggars Group on sustainability in the music industry. They talk about the Music Climate Pact, the global platform initiated by AIM and the BPI as a response to COP26 and the urgent call for collective action to combat the climate crisis. They also explain how IMPALA’s carbon calculator launched with Julie’s Bicycle works, what you can do to help, and what’s on their playlists.
On Jude’s playlist: ABBA, Giant Swan
On Will’s playlist: Orlando Weeks
Jeremy Sirota, CEO of Merlin, on how it started with IMPALA’s help and where it is today, his career and how he started his new role during the beginning of the Covid pandemic. Jeremy talks about the new members who joined Merlin and what new deals they closed, benefits their members can access and why the creation of Merlin was really needed back in the days. He also talks about the intriguing world of NFTs and shares what’s on his playlist.
On Jeremy’s playlist: Yeah Yeah Yeahs (new album on the way), Turkish psychedelic folk from the 70s, Blood Orange, Johanna Newsom, Snail Mail, Leon Bridges.
Gill Dooley, CEO of AIM Ireland on setting up the Irish association of independents and joining IMPALA's European network. She talks about her career, how AIM Ireland got started and where it's heading, the value a national association of independents needs to offer to members. Gill also touches upon the specificities of the Irish music market and how it was affected by Brexit, including its prolific live sector and the consequences for touring. As usual, discover what's on her playlist.
On Gill's playlist: Aimée, Martian Subculture, The Weeknd, Megan O’Neill, Taylor Swift
Noemi Planas, general manager of WIN, on the Worldwide Independent Network turning 15 and activities to celebrate it. She talks about how WIN was created, defining moments and how they connect independent music associations globally. Noemi also highlights WIN’s annual conference WINCON, The Fair Digital Deals Declaration and WINTEL. She also shares what they’re currently working on and their plans for the future. As usual, discover what’s on her playlist.
On Noemi’s playlist: Tu Que Vienes a Rondarme by Maria Arnal i Marcel Bages