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Sean Adams – Founder, DrownedinSound.com & MD, DrownedinSound Recordings – MusicTank

Sean Adams - Founder, DrownedinSound.com & MD, DrownedinSound Recordings

Back in October 2000, Sean – then an 18 year old – pulled together a bunch of music obsessives to launch one of the first online music mags-slash-blogs-slash-social-networks. Over the past decade Drowned in Sound (DiS) has become, according to Observer Music Monthly “the discerning indie fan’s first point of reference,” and has built up a rabid and influential readership of over half a million music fans per month. The site primarily champions new, independent and innovative music – everything from Bjork and Battles to The Shins and Friendly Fires.

In 2003, he set-up Drowned in Sound Recordings. The independent label is responsible for launching the career of Martha Wainwright, with her critically celebrated debut long-player selling over 80,000 copies. The label also notably released the debut singles ‘Oh My God’ by Kaiser Chiefs and ‘The Wizard’ by Bat for Lashes, as well as albums by Metric, Brett Anderson (Suede), Jeniferever, The Stills, Emily Haines, Redjetson and Youthmovies. However, the label is currently on hiatus.

In 2007, DrownedinSound.com signed a deal with BSKYB to develop and launch five new websites. These included theQuietus.com, ThrashHits.com and theLipster.com but this joint venture ended in August 2008 and DiS is now back as an independent company.

Sean writes a regular column about music and technology for The Sunday Times Culture, has spoken at various conferences, promoted early gigs by emerging acts ranging from Bloc Party and Editors to Jamie T and Laura Marling and has managed a couple of artists. He’s currently developing some new projects, including a music photography community (DownTheFront.com), a new radio show and a digital-focussed music consultancy.