Birnam CD are the second recipients of Hands Up for Trad’s Business Limelight Award. The “Limelight’s” are a monthly initiative (launched in October 2012) that recognises the outstanding contributions made by businesses and organisations who contribute, shape and influence the arts and cultural sector in Scotland today. Birnam CD have been meeting music users need since 1986 and taking all musicians through the many transitions that have happened since,
We asked Martin Hadden of Birnam CD the following questions.
What is your principle company activity?
Music Services, including:
CD / DVD / Vinyl pressing & packaging; Media Promotion; Promotion of artists to Festivals; Online Services (Downloads / streaming / online CD/DVD sales); Graphic Design
When and where did the company first start trading?
Started in 1986 in Fountainhall, Scottish Borders
What made you want to work in Scottish culture?
My first job within “Scottish Culture” was when I joined the band Silly Wizard in 1976. I was told that there would be lots of free beer in the dressing rooms.
I have worked in Scottish Culture, covering all areas of Scottish and Scottish-made Music, from the age of 19. Apart from the promise of free beer, I really can’t remember what made me want to do so. I didn’t really think about it, just jumped on board!
Can you tell us of any particular company highlights?
Successfully managing the move from being a cassette duplication company to becoming a CD / DVD replication company. Appointing Mike Garden as graphic designer, enabling us to add the very highest standard of creative design to our range of services. My son Calum joining the business in 2008. He takes care of our social media presence and handles the digital services for our clients. The redesign and launch of our new website in 2012.
What are your company’s plans for the future?
To broaden our range of services to offer even more opportunities and assistance to artists and labels. We will do so by expanding our present promotional packages and by introducing new schemes to further help our clients in spreading the word about their music. To keep abreast of new developments as music delivery methods change.
How will you celebrate receiving Hands Up for Trad’s Business Limelight award?
We will fly to Las Vegas, hire a pool table and see what develops……….
Either that or go for a curry in Dunkeld.
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