Independent Ireland: The D.I.Y. Scene
Michael Murphy [+]
Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin
Jim Rogers [+]
Dublin City University
Ireland has always maintained a vibrant, yet small, independent music community. This scene has allowed many artists to make their first recordings, play their first public gigs and enjoy their early media opportunities. Some elements of the local scene have adopted strict non-capitalist stances, refusing to engage with the major recording firms and their contracted artists. Here we examine the impact of fanzines, pirate radio stations, gig collectives, record labels including the Hope Collective and artists including Heathers and Girl Band.