Brussels, 31st March 2016

As part of its fifteenth anniversary, IMPALA is launching a new monthly feature to put the spotlight on young independent music companies across Europe. The project will shine a light on the work of a set of unique labels 15 years young or younger.

Five labels will be announced every month under the campaign name “FIVEUNDERFIFTEEN”. Features will appear in The Independent Echo including playlists, interviews and snippets of the local music scene across different countries.

The first FIVEUNDERFIFTEEN gets going in Estonia where Tallinn Music Week is starting this week. The festival is a great supporter of independent music and has nominated local label Porridge BulletI Love You Records from Latvia and S1 Warsaw from Poland are also featured. To complete this month’s selection, IMPALA takes us to Sweden to meet Despotz Records and then to Finland to be introduced to Soliti.

Tallinn Music Week is hosting the first IMPALA Young Label Spotlight event on Saturday 2nd of April, with a panel featuring all five labels, followed by an award ceremony.

IMPALA Executive Chair Helen Smith commented:

“We want to shine a light on the deeper and wider story of the independent sector. It’s great to start with the panel in Tallinn Music Week with five young labels all telling their own stories. And this is what real music fans are interested in. They want the whole picture. Where their music comes from, what it stands for, whether it’s fair, what a label’s work tells them. All artists are born equal and these labels underline the importance of making sure that means something.”

Helen Sildna, founder of Tallinn Music Week, added:

“Highlighting the work of young labels in different countries is very important and we were delighted to put forward Estonia’s Porridge Bullet for the campaign. Estonia has a very dynamic independent music scene and IMPALA’s bid to shine a light on the work of Porridge Bullet and others is a fantastic initiative. We are delighted all five labels featured in the first campaign are here in Tallinn to talk about their work.”

The labels featured had this to say about their work and their local music scene:

Siim NestorPorridge Bullet (Estonia):

“The Estonian music scene, and the underground music scene, isn’t different to the scenes in other countries. There’s some really boring stuff and there’s some really good stuff, sounds and ideas which expand your idea of your music. You just have to dig in.”

Rafał GrobelS1 Warsaw (Poland):

“After years of isolation Poland is at its peak of musical enthusiasm. You can experience emotional reactions incomparable to any mature market. Yet the offer is satisfactorily advanced.”

Bruno RozeI Love You Records (Latvia):

“The thing I really like about most of our bands is that I can’t really compare them, which underlines the whole local scene.”

Carl-Marcus GidlöfDespotz Records (Sweden):

“Despotz Records aim to be one of the best alternatives for Swedish artists looking for an international setup.”      

Nick TrianiSoliti (Finland):

“The indie spirit in Finland is more than alive and thriving. The scene is pure and plays for the love of it (as it should be). The indie scene here might be harder to find, but if you look and listen closely, you’ll discover some of the greatest music around. Really.”

This young label campaign is for labels the same age as IMPALA or younger, i.e. established in November 2000 or after. Over the coming months, IMPALA will continue the campaign with The Independent Echo, as well as Westway LAB Festival (Portugal), Primavera Pro (Spain), and Midem (France).


IMPALA represents independent music companies and associations across Europe. Its mission is to grow the independent sector. To celebrate IMPALA’s 15th anniversary, various initiatives are taking place across Europe under the “IMPALA 15” banner, including special editions of the IMPALA awards and events at industry gatherings such as Amsterdam Dance Event, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Tallinn Music Week, Westway Lab, Primavera, Midem, Reeperbahn etc. IMPALA’s milestones illustrate what independents have achieved in 15 years of collective action at European level.

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