PROPOSED INDEPENDENT MUSIC SECTOR CONFERENCE

Demerara Records and our Pop music sister label DPT Records are looking for your ideas and opinions. We (i.e. DPT Music Digital inc. Demerara & DPT Records) are considering putting on a one or two day Conference at a venue in Lewisham Borough (due to our relationship with SCS Ltd & Lewisham Borough Council) around the theme of A Digital Future for Independent Music with topics that may include variations on themes such as:

– How Streaming has forced artists & entrepreneurs to refocus their income sources
– Is there a long-term future for paid downloads?
– The Growing Importance of online media in representing new music
– The influence and impact of Social Media on independent music
– Digital Distribution: Diversification & Expansion
– The roles of membership organisations in supporting artists and entrepreneurs
– Digital Innovation: What changes should we be preparing for?
– Radio: How will national & local radio maintain their influence on the music we listen to?

Of course the Conference would be open to other relevant topics that people might suggest they present papers about. We already have confirmation from PRS that they would be happy to send a guest speaker along.

The Conference needs to be financially viable but we want it to be affordable and to not people off attending due to cost; not least since the project we are involved in with SCS & Lewisham is partly social enterprise-driven so we are thinking of something like charging £40 for those proposing to present on their chosen topics and then £20 per ticket for everyone else (with the caveat that there will be a few guest speakers invited who will not be charged). We would ideally want guest speakers to waive any fee though it is possible we can pay some expenses.

We are particularly keen to hear what others think about:

– the subject matter
– the potential prices for presenters and attendees
– the likelihood of people being prepared to come to S.E. London
– when it should take place in order to give sufficient time to organise the event and                confirm presenters

Feel free to email your thoughts queries or proposals to dptmusicdigital@gmail.com or post on our Facebook page here.

MODA TRIO INTERVIEW ON BBC SHOW

Moda Trio will be playing tracks from and discussing their new Demerara Records released album Bricks and Mortar on Nadia Ali‘s flagship Sunday evening show on the BBC Asian Network this weekend. Tracks from the London-based trio’s album continue to be played on radio stations across the globe as people latch onto their ethereal original new Jazz.

The programme makers were drawn to Moda Trio‘s unique Post-Jazz music initially because of Josh Mahmud‘s background as a British Bangladeshi but the whole trio will be involved in the broadcast and it will be a fantastic showcase for the impressive Bricks and Mortar. See the below link for details about the show. Once it has been broadcast we will also be able to publish the podcast.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07tmmjj

MODA TRIO ON BBC ASIAN NETWORK

Moda Trio will be performing live on the Nadia Ali show on BBC Asian Network on Sunday 28th August 2016. Nadia will also be interviewing Joshan Mahmud, the trio’s pianist about being a British Bangladeshi musician in 2016. More details to follow soon. 🙂

NO MORE SUBMISSIONS UNTIL 2017 PLEASE!

We are officially announcing today that, with so many albums stacking up for release between now and the end of 2016, Demerara Records unfortunately cannot accept any further submissions until 2017.

We have released two albums this month with Moda Trio‘s Bricks and Mortar and Nicolas Horvath‘s Acedia. Nicolas also has two more albums coming out (Cardew and Satie music) over the next two months plus we have albums planned by Backspace, Sue Rynhart, Chris Hutchings and Bar Markovich.

It will be a challenge to make sure all these albums are properly resourced, promoted and distributed as effectively as possible. It is an exciting challenge of course. But it does mean we have to draw the line at this point and say no to any more proposed releases until we are satisfied that we are ready to take on new projects.

In the meantime, we hope you will share in our excitement as the current and existing eight releases are joined by another six between now and December taking our release schedule to twelve in one year and fourteen in two.

Last but not least, thanks to everyone for your ongoing support. Thanks to you, the label is getting behind all these amazing projects. 🙂