Also, lots of independently promoted gigs have started popping up across the nation showcasing some of the best unsigned talent within the UK, and are becoming more popular amongst punters as time passes by.
"You can play these gigs and play with good bands, you maybe dont get a big crowd, but if five of those people like your bands, theyll come back next time and theyll bring people with them" says Sean Cumming, frontman of the Glasgow based post-grad indie five-piece Piano Bar Fight, who we caught up with shortly before they were due to play a small independently promoted gig in Dundee.
"I think its vitally important that we have nights like tonight, as youd have nothing - youd have the mainstream and nothing else. Its good to have a thriving underground, locally and nationally as well, and there is."
Sean Cumming, Piano Bar Fight
Sean Cumming agrees: "I think its vitally important that we have nights like tonight, as youd have nothing - youd have the mainstream and nothing else. Its good to have a thriving underground, locally and nationally as well, and there is. If you look on MySpace, theres so much good music! Were about to release our own music, so then Id say we werent unsigned, weve got our own label!"
As mentioned earlier, the new rules for the singles chart has opened a possibility for unsigned bands to stand a chance at gaining some level of mainstream attention, as shown by Koopa. Some say that the new chart rules will change unsigned music, and the band seem to agree with this.
"I think that its something that has to be embraced and the independent music community has been far more forthcoming with embracing these new technologies than all the majors have, and thats why all these lawsuits are going around, because the majors havent latched onto this amazing idea that music doesnt have to have some sort of unique packaging to it - music is music at the end of the day" states Pomphrett.
However, a market where people just download music doesnt appear to be fully to Sean Cummings taste: "I really like having records, Ive got a lot of records at home, and thats generally what I do, I buy records, so I suppose Im a bit of a stooge for the record companies! I like listening to a whole record as opposed to one song, but for that band to get into the charts is brilliant!".
"Its one to the system" claims Pomphrett. "Its all this mumbo-jumbo about when you buy an album, and two months later its two pounds cheaper and its got this extra stuff on it, some people just really push it and youve got to strike a balance".
"I think the quick success route has happened to too many bands, you see so many bands that were successful a couple of years ago and now theyre not doing anything, I think its a timing issue"
Ben Pomphrett, Piano Bar Fight
"I think wed be lying if we said we didnt want to play to massive crowds, but to have that as your sole aspiration... the forefront of our thoughts is to make good music for ourselves" says Pomphrett, and their modesty towards their music is reflected by Cummings:
"for me, success is when one person says "I really liked that song", and its not somebody I know".
Being signed is often a big turning point for a band, and Piano Bar Fight have their own views on taking a record deal: "I think we would deal with it if we thought if we deserved it or not" says Pomphrett. "I think the quick success route has happened to too many bands, you see so many bands that were successful a couple of years ago and now theyre not doing anything, I think its a timing issue".
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