The bats have left the bell tower

Huge­ly rec­om­mend­ed, this inter­view with Mar­tin Mills, own­er of the most impor­tant inde­pen­dent record label in the world (and the bloke who released some of my favourite records ever and still does):

The inter­net has revived inter­est in music, thinks Mills, by encour­ag­ing peo­ple to experiment.

It’s made so much more pos­si­ble — a greater and deep­er love of music. It’s re-stim­u­lat­ed my own involve­ment in music gen­er­al­ly, rather than just my busi­ness. The links peo­ple send you allow you to go off down a path and dis­cov­er some­thing great.

Peo­ple who in their 30s a few years ago who may have stopped lis­ten­ing to new music, or were lis­ten­ing to iter­a­tions of music they heard in their late teens or ear­ly twen­ties, are now able to dis­cov­er entire­ly new things. You’ve got new artists being dis­cov­ered by 30, 40, 50 and 60 year olds. You’ll now have a group of friends talk­ing about music and send­ing links. I think that comes from the inte­gra­tion of the lap­top into both our work­ing and our per­son­al lives, the inter­net is so great at spread­ing the word.”

[From Indie music mogul: The net’s great for us • The Reg­is­ter]

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