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Asides from its live renditions of recent stunners “I Want the World to Stop” & “I Didn’t See it Coming” (which helped the album straight into n°8 in the UK album charts last week), this “TV show” also sees the band’s frontman Stuart Murdoch state (at 8 mins 50): “I’m always amazed how new artists get on despite the fact they’ve been given no money. I listen to their demos and I’m like ‘wow!’ They often sound better than our first record. Do it yourself! This is the second big punk movement, the whole internet thing. It’s just kicking in now. Make the best possible music and people will eventually hear it.”

There then follows (from 10 mins) a discussion between Belle & Sebastian and fellow indie groups. When asked by Murdoch “why on earth should people pay for music these days?”, the consensus is resolutely positive: crisis is a time of opportunity (Zooey von Gooey’s Matt Brennan); or “artists are doing it for themselves now: they’re not just bands, they’re small businesses,” as Wake the President’s Bjorn Sandberg puts it, advising fellow artists to cut out middlemen in order to reduce costs. Vive la révolution!


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James Martin

James Martin is Head of Social Media for Midem organisers Reed MIDEM. This includes defining and rolling out Midem's social media strategy, editing midemblog, influencer outreach, developing Midem's fanbase of 75,000+ music professionals and more.

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