July 23, 2008

Dragon’s Den Band Emerge to Sell 1500 Singles

AN indie band that appeared on TV show Dragon's Den have sold more than 1500 singles after being awarded GBP 75,000 to launch their album.

Hamfatter, whose guitarist James Ingham comes from Leith, impressed tycoon Peter Jones when the band featured on the popular BBC show on Monday.

Online retailer Play.com said that in the hours directly after the show, the single The Girl I Love was downloaded 755 times between 10pm and midnight.

Head of music at the firm Helen Marquis said: "TV is the one medium that can directly relate to instant sales of downloads and such was the case with Hamfatter.

"It is great to see that independent music can still survive with minimal backing."

The band braved the suited panel of tycoons, looking for GBP 75,000 in an unusual bid to support the launch of their new album.

Their dream became reality, with Peter Jones sealing the unconventional deal following a bidding war with other Dragons.

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