At a time when stories about declining music sales are frequent and major labels aren't investing in new talent, hearing about an indie label like Playwright is music to the ears.

The young jazz label's first release came out in October, and in the space of only six months it has already compiled a roster of five bands.

Label head Keisuke Taniguchi is no stranger to the music business. He works for DIW Products, which is a division of nationwide distributor Disc Union. In particular, he has extensive experience within DIW in running Think! Records, a jazz label that should be familiar to dedicated fans of the genre in Japan. Desipte Think!'s success, though, he still felt the desire to set up a new imprint under the DIW umbrella.