B-DEM Records has it's focus on signing electronic music with a timeless feel.
We are believers in the future of streaming. We sign talent and music that brings innovation, class & high musicality, and share it with the world.
A one-stop solution for artists, a brand platform that covers all of their business requirements whilst they focus on what they do best, making the music.
Streaming Music Series: 1
At BDEM, we’re (mostly) all tech babies. Computers have been in our lives for most, if not all, of our lives and has greatly influenced how we listen to music. I’m just about the age whereby I still had a tape Walkman and recorded the radio to build mixtapes in my childhood, but that experience quickly whizzed through to annoying skipping unreliable portable CD players and then the cheap Ebay MP3 players and the misunderstood P2P platforms that powered them.
P2P was a game-changer for the music industry. This was the point that music not only became free, but became ON DEMAND. Music became a communist’s dream and naturally that’s a capitalist profit-driven businesses nightmare.
The major labels responded in a way that damaged the future of the music industry all round. The shutdown on P2P sharing had a similar result to the war on drugs, so as with the changing of chemicals to mask the type of drug being sold with that, illegal digital music distribution just kept changing to suit the needs of the consumer whilst the labels ended up losing more and more control trying to oppress and deny the listeners.
It wasn’t the loyalty of the listener that changed though and for most it wasn’t even about the fact the music was free. It was about the new easy way that had been widely discovered to access any music they wanted (from chart albums to super-rare bedroom recordings from new up-and-coming artists). Digital changed the way music could be enjoyed and listeners caught onto it quickly, trying to stop them doing that is like forcing people to walk 30 miles when they have a car. It can be pleasurable, but most of the time it’s just not ideal.
What I always found interesting was the way Grime artists used P2P. They used it far more wisely than the majors because they saw it as an assistance to business, not a problem. For the Grime artists it was about getting music into the ownership of as many people as possible and they exploited this with their ‘demo style’ freestyles, battles and chats which helped them elevate their careers into commercial territory by leverage of mass sharing with niche markets.
We get this, we’re part of this latter movement of the music industry and one of our core drives as a business is to find harmony between digital consumers and the artists that they actually truly want to support but don’t know how to with the tools they’re given.
We’re sure that part of the answer lies in digital streaming platforms. The accessibility of stored archives of music in data centres accessible via the cloud seems like the answer, and having that wealth at a single point platform (with self-management abilities) on both your computer and portable device is clearly pretty unbeatable when compared to self-owned MP3 libraries that you have to order, backup, purchase separately and search for from multiple sources.
In our next post we’ll look at the major players in the streaming platform market and assess some strengths and weaknesses of each.
Written by Josh Smith
We release music that can still be loved in years to come.
In order to achieve this, we set out to sign talent and music that brings innovation, class & high musicality, and then share it with the world. We follow a strict vetting process to ensure that our music is released in the highest quality industry-standard commercial formats. We have an extremely effective and innovative promotion team that ensure music is delivered to the ears of the right people.
Our emotional scope ranges from soul & emotion through ecstasy & euphoria, to bump & groove; conveyed through electronic music genres. Our signature sounds thus far have been variants of Garage, House, Dubstep, Trip Hop, Hip Hop and Grime, but we are frequently looking to expand this list and move into more varieties of exciting areas of electronic music.
We are believers in the future of streaming.
BDEM is centred on basing our marketing efforts around our Spotify releases at every stage of promotion. Cutting out other listening platforms encourages not only pay per listen (increasing revenue), but also encourages tracks to reach more listeners through popular playlists and charts. In the downloading world, listening stops when marketing efforts do. In streaming, an interactive and evolving world, music is always available and alive to be unearthed and resurfaced.
We act as a one-stop solution for artists, a brand platform that covers all of their business requirements whilst they focus on what they do best, making the music. We will also always make sure that our consumers are able to obtain high quality music in the easiest manner possible with a minimum expenditure. We’re a solution, not just a label in terms of releasing music.
BDEM was founded in 2010. As a lover of music and business, the founder had a vision to create a label that exceeded the expectations of the many ‘net labels’ in existence and create a company established enough to challenge that of the leading Indies and eventually sit up with the majors. - A strongly engrained philosophy of our label is that business is not something to be feared, it is something to help artists prosper and allow them the freedom to do what they love. We don’t believe in limiting our potential.
In the first few years of BDEM we created a great little following within the Future Garage scene. But it was clear that more needed to be done to meet the ambitions of the founder to expand to become something very special and a power to be reckoned with.
The initial label years saw an increase in revenue, but it was evident that there was something wrong between signing the music from our artists and delivering it to the consumers. We found that a lot of our issues with increasing business growth were due to the industry-expected release procedure, which was clearly out of date.
In 2014 we decided to freeze operations to take time to strategise a more cohesive plan to ensure that the label was to be growing, profiting and promoting to a level that makes genuine impact on the industry and not just a niche scene, this lead to the process of implementing new operations and went on to become BDEM v2.
BDEM is no longer the sole proprietorship that it was for the first few years, we now have a team of people working for the company, moving it out of startup phase and into becoming something great. We can already feel the tides of momentum pulling us forward. The more support we receive as a label, the more we can give back to our artists.
- Josh Smith – Managing Director, Founder
Josh started as an electronic music producer in high school and continued his academic studies up until graduation of his BA Hons Music Production degree at the University of Brighton in 2011. For around 9 ½ years he produced under his first alias 'Whyrez' (which transitioned through two different spellings), this introduced him to the industry at a professional level. In his time within this role he had multiple BBC Radio plays and various releases on labels such as L2S Recordings, which was the most influential and successful UK Garage label of the period. He also had music with Olivia Louise featured in a Universal Pictures movie directed by Noel Clarke called 'Legacy'.
Although he followed in the path of his inspiration to become a music producer, in learning and studying the methods of making money through music he began to discover that music was not his only love and he also had a keen taste for business itself.
In 2010 he founded B-DEM Records with the purpose of creating a forward-thinking record label releasing electronic music with a timeless feel. The edge in the marketplace was to have an up-to-date model that reflected the technology and methods of consumption by listeners and provided above-average services for their artists from quality control to marketing strategy. BDEM was created with the vision of being a complete solution for artists to make music to a commercial standard and release it for consumption of the relevant market.
- Dave Brock – Chief Operating Officer
Dave has spent the last 6 years cutting his teeth in the electronic music scene and is now an established Producer, DJ and Event Promoter.
Dave, formerly producing under the Alias ‘Lojt’, has released music on Basslight Records, L2S Recordings and BDEM. Within this role he developed his networking skills by liaising with other artists in the scene and pushing music to blogs such as Girl8bit, OnlyVibes and a slew of other channels and webzines.
As a DJ, curating music is one of Dave’s strongest points, relentlessly networking and constantly searching for fresh new artists and pushing them through his Sub.FM show. Out in the club field, he has rubbed shoulders with the likes of Todd Edwards, El-B, Altern-8 and has become renowned for high energy sets and vast music knowledge.
Dave has joined BDEM management as Chief Operating Officer with the intention of planting the label not only at the forefront of the Electronic Music scene, but also into the history books.
Outside of music, Dave enjoys long walks on Runcorn beach and drinking craft beers.
- Tudor Watson – Web Development
Tudor & Sally of Tangent Web Design have been key members of the BDEM team since it’s founding. They have assisted the Managing Director not only with the development of the website, brand image and our online presence, they have also been pivotal in mentoring and directing the MD in general business advice and also art, tech and music-related advances.
- Lewis Yates – Visual Artist
Lewis has also been a key member of the BDEM team since founding. He is solely responsible for the coherent image and style across our release artwork. Lewis is the man who turns crazy ideas and concepts only translatable through imagery into a tangible existence.
- Mark Dobson – Mastering Engineer
Mark is the newly appointed mastering engineer for the label. Mark & Josh met at university where they both studied the same course. Mark has been chosen to be the designated engineer for the label due to his crystal clear audible sensibility and ability to make tracks sound how they’re supposed to. As an artist he is both a highly talented ‘organic’ musician and master of electronic manipulation, it is this dual understanding that gives him a sonic edge in the mastering realm.
As a producer, Mark works under the alias Ambassadeurs, of which he is highly successful releasing albums with highly reputable labels and seems to be touring the world constantly! Mark also runs his own record label called ‘Lost Tribe’.