Following the launch of FIVEUNDERFIFTEEN with IMPALA last month, we continue our focus on young labels, putting the spotlight on five labels each time from different countries across Europe – all voted by their peers as the best local young label. After starting in the north and east, this month we head to Switzerland, Belgium, […]

Peter Thompson: ‘Independents have patience, belief and integrity’

For the past year, [PIAS] has been interviewing legends of the independent music business every month. From Mute’s Daniel Miller to Sire’s Seymour Stein, Heavenly’s Jeff Barrett to Epitaph’s Brett Gurewitz and many more besides, we’ve shared the wit and wisdom of some of the most inspiring individuals working in this industry. But you know […]

Pure Gold: Martin Goldschmidt on Cooking Vinyl’s unplanned success

Martin Goldschmidt was busying fighting Margaret Thatcher when he accidentally fell into the music business. The Cooking Vinyl boss was organising anti-nuclear concerts around the UK in the early ‘80s when one particularly ferocious anarcho-punk act, The Poison Girls, asked him to manage them. “I looked every bit like a political activist,” he tells The Independent […]