Drowned in Sound the online music magazine will be shutting down after 19 years. The site features reviews, news, interviews, and discussion forums and was founded by editor Sean Adams. The U.K. based music website, will cease publication of reviews and features “for the foreseeable future,” as Adams explained in a statement posted to his personal Facebook page. The community aspect of the website will live on, as Drowned in Sound’s forums are set to remain operational.
Drowned in Sound also operated a record label, DiS Records, which released early music by Kaiser Chiefs, Bat for Lashes, and more. In 1998, DiS started as an email fanzine called ‘The Last Resort’ but was later relaunched in 2000 as Drowned in Sound by Adams.
The freelance writing team is currently spread across four continents – North America, Asia, Europe and Australia. The site has over 60,000 registered members, and gets around 470,000 unique visitors per month. It includes an integrated forum to allow for discussion and comments on interviews, news and reviews.
In 2006 the site launched a podcast called Drowned in Sound Radio. In November 2007, Drowned in Sound teamed up with ad-supported download site RCRDLBL.com to launch an audio and video blog, entitled “Drownload”. They celebrated their 10th Anniversary celebration with The Futureheads and Frightened Rabbit. Also, they hosted the Friday night billing of the Rising Stage, presented in partnership with Drowned in Sound.