State of independents: Small-scale production in a globally connected place
Independents are generally regarded as essential instruments for the discovery, promotion, and sustainability of local music styles, genres, and artists. If so, Flanders and the Netherlands thrive on this front, as both countries are well endowed with independent record labels. Taken together, the music industry fosters a huge number of companies that vary in scale, ranging from larger internationally connected labels to very small micro-independents that operate only locally. The largest independents are well-known labels like Armada (Armin van Buuren), Artist & Company (Nick & Simon, Jan Smit), Black Hole (DJ Tiësto), Excelsior Recordings (Spinvis, Triggerfinger, Tim Knol), 8ball (Alain Clark, Miss Montreal), Spinnin Records (Nicky Romero, Afrojack, Martin Garrix, Sander van Doorn), and V2/PIAS (Balthazar, dEUS, Soulwax).