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Darker Music Talks helps musicians become entrepreneurs. It is a platform of free events in London and other European cities that connects independent musicians with music knowledge keepers, in a chance for a constructive dialogue. The future belongs to educated Musicpreneurs.

Next discussion: 20 January 2016, 6.30 - 9.00pm

Where – Mother Studios, Hackney Wick (map here)

About the discussion

During this discussion, Neal Hoffmann will talk about:

1) A brief timeline: from forming a band to getting signed to a small label. Recording and releasing of two albums, and the subsequent split from the label.

2) How he slowly built the mini studio infrastructure in order to become independent of recording studios and started thinking of creating a label. He'll also touch on the people he wanted to work with and whose services he ended up using. How he registered a limited company and got himself an accountant.

3) How much he spent on various activities needed for his label to function, and what steps he took to get the album released.

The release is about 2 1/2 months away, so we won't be talking about the future yet, but we will start discussing the topic and Neal will take questions.

The expert: Neal Hoffmann

Neal Hoffmann is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer who likes to perform with various classical instruments like cellos, violins, brass and piano. He used to be the leader of London Indie band Amphibic, but started going solo a few years ago, after splitting from former label, Haldern Pop Recordings. He is recycling the old band name for the new label he has founded. Amphibic Records Ltd.

American TV took notice and used Neal's song Hungry Man in an episode of Switched at Birth in 2012. His main studio is called Fleetwood Road Studio and is next to his bedroom. Neal used to do freelance work for a string of radio stations, pressing buttons to ensure that the shows he was working on stayed on the air.

You can find Neal on Twitter @Amphibic.

Visit their website: Phoenix Sessions