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  1. How to be a good support act: Part 1 - Getting a gig and preparing for the show

    Wednesday 16 April 2014, 10:35

     J. Willgoose, Esq. J. Willgoose, Esq. Public Service Broadcasting

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    Public Service Broadcasting at the BBC Introducing showcase in Austin, Texas J Willgoose, Esq. performs for Public Service Broadcasting as part of a BBC Introducing showcase When I first spoke to BBC Introducing about writing an article about support bands, I thought – and still do now – that such a guide would need to start with a few caveats, so best to get those out of the way first. The most important one is that I am not pretending to know everything about being a support band, playing live, headlining and so on. The below advice is based solely on my own experience playing in bands for over ten years and experiencing countless support slots of our own, as well as having had many support acts playing with us as headliners.

    The second is that this is almost entirely based on the practical aspects of being a support act and offers no advice on musical content or the quality of that content.

    The third is that this applies mostly to what I would call ‘proper’ gigs – not the ones we’ve all done or been to in London or countless other cities where they cram four, five or even six bands onto one bill in a desperate attempt to fill the venue and slots are allotted at random. In those situations, there is no real headliner or support.

    Anyway...

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  2. On the playlist: Lyger – Power Struggle

    Monday 14 April 2014, 11:12

    Zoë Nicholson Zoë Nicholson

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    Hometown: Simon Stark, Rich Leeds, Andy Thompson and new guitarist Tom Ludlow make up Lyger, an up-and-coming alternative rock band from London.

    Style: If you like rock, you’re bound to love Lyger. The band takes the best bits of grunge, punk and rock and infuses them together to make a hard-hitting track like Power Struggle. Simon, Rich, Andy and Tom have written the formula for a perfect pop-rock track here; with punchy hooks, solid riffs, a high-powered and crowd-inspiring chorus, all immersed in energetic percussion, you have a track set to uplift an audience and get their hearts racing.

    You need to know: If their record producers’ success is anything to go by, Lyger are set for big things. Their debut track released in 2013, Stroke, was recorded and mixed by Rory Atwell, who has produced for The Vaccines and Palma Violets. He worked with them again on Power Struggle alongside Chris Sheldon, a legendary rock record producer who has worked with Biffy Clyro, Garbage, Feeder and most notably Foo Fighters, including on their iconic hit album The Colour and The Shape.

    Supported by: Lyger have found many fans across our BBC Introducing network since sending their tracks to...

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  3. Highlights from BBC Introducing in Kent's sixth birthday party

    Friday 11 April 2014, 16:36

    Abbie McCarthy Abbie McCarthy BBC Introducing presenter

    Some of you may remember the Kent team hijacked the BBC Introducing twitter account at the end of last month and were posting pictures of a huge chocolate cake and 5 acts performing on stage, and this was because our show turned the very grand old age of 6.
    BBC Introducing in Kent started back in March 2008 and since then we have been discovering and supporting under the radar musicians and those 6 years have included some very proud moments and success stories, *weeps*
    Here’s just one of those highlights:
    For our birthday bash we picked 5 acts we believe are going to go on to massive things in 2014, and what a line up it was (even if I do say so myself…)
    First up was Tunbridge Wells MC Ophelia, making a name for herself with her unique sound and articulate lyrics. Ophelia performed songs from her debut mixtape Get What You Need  and in between  tracks she had plenty of stories to tell her about ex-boyfriend. As I once said to her, I think she’s the Taylor Swift of Kent music…
    Our reporter Jamie caught up with her just after she’d come off stage, listen here.
    Ophelia taught me how to hula hoop and we chatted about her getting played on the BBC Introducing show on Radio 1 and future...

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  4. Another Great Escape for BBC Introducing

    Friday 11 April 2014, 12:11

     Jen and Ally Jen and Ally BBC Introducing presenters

    In this blog post of two halves, Jen Long kicks off…
    It’s so nearly festival season, I can almost taste the cider and feel the welly sweats. And the one weekend that always kicks off my calendar is Brighton’s The Great Escape. BBC Introducing is back for another year at what is now one of the world’s most important new music conferences and festivals and I couldn’t be happier. We have an incredible line-up this year and to be invited back is not only testament to the strength of last year’s stage but also to the sheer amount of incredible musicians this country continuously has to offer...

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  5. Huw's BBC Introducing Discovery: Cavalry - Lament

    Wednesday 9 April 2014, 15:22

    Huw Stephens Huw Stephens DJ

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    A huge thank you to BBC Introducing in Merseyside for tipping us off about Cavalry, a brand spanking new five piece from Liverpool. They’ve been described as “intimate and anthemic Alt—Folk” and having “lilting harmonies” – which seems pretty accurate to me! They’ve been supporting British Sea Power on tour and next month, they’ll be leading the charge at Liverpool Sound City.

    Get the track after Huw's Wednesday night show as part of his free weekly download.

  6. On the playlist: One Bomb - Good Times Roll

    Monday 7 April 2014, 12:07

    Zoë Nicholson Zoë Nicholson

    On the Radio 1 playlist this week and representing BBC Introducing across the network are One Bomb. Get ahead of the rest by listening to their latest track Good Times Roll below, before catching it on Radio 1 this week whilst you’re tuning into Gemma Cairney, Fearne Cotton, Greg James and Scott Mills.

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    Hometown: Si Tew and Shookz are an electronic music duo from Nottingham.

    Style: Before musically colliding in February 2012, Si Tew and Shookz were both producers in their own right and their individual styles shine through in all of their tracks. Shookz’ drum and bass past inspires One Bomb...

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  7. Huw's BBC Introducing Discovery: The Cadbury Sisters - Pierrot

    Thursday 3 April 2014, 10:57

    Huw Stephens Huw Stephens DJ

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    The deliciously named The Cadbury Sisters are this week’s BBC Introducing tip. They describe themselves as having ‘honeycomb harmonies’ and they’ve certainly proven moreish for BBC Introducing in Devon and in the West Midlands who’ve both recommended the track.

    They’re three sisters from Cheltenham and have already been compared to Laura Marling and The Pierces. Confusingly, the Sisters also include a man – that’s Tom – and he’s on guitar duties.

    Get the track as part of Huw Stephens' free download here.

  8. On the Playlist: Lisbon – B L U E L O V E

    Tuesday 1 April 2014, 16:42

    Zoë Nicholson Zoë Nicholson

    Fans of BBC Introducing will be interested to know that Lisbon are the latest act to bag a coveted spot on the Radio 1 playlist with their track B L U E L O V E. If you find yourself tuning into Gemma Cairney, Fearne Cotton, Greg James or Scott Mills during the daytime this week, it’s likely you might catch Lisbon. But for now, you can listen below.

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    Hometown: Matthew Varty, Joe Atkinson, Gaz Turkington and Alex Wright, better known as Lisbon, hail from the coastal town of Whitley Bay near Newcastle.

    Style: It’s hardly surprising that Lisbon have been compared to the likes of Foals and The...

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  9. Huw's BBC Introducing Discovery: Maths Time Joy - Atlantis

    Thursday 27 March 2014, 17:15

    Huw Stephens Huw Stephens DJ

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    Maths Time Joy aka Tim Worthington is a producer/singer-songwriter from Kent and was tipped to us by our BBC Introducing show there. Why Maths Time Joy? It’s an anagram of his first two names, Timothy James. He makes lush, soulful electronica influenced by the likes of Dr Dre, James Blake and Flying Lotus, and has remixed the likes of Karma Kid and Bipolar Sunshine.

    He’s released a few free EPs online but Atlantis is his first official single, featuring Chuuwee on rap duties. Blogs have already been getting very excited about Maths Time Joy, so expect to hear more from him in the near future. Enjoy!

    You can get this track FREE on Huw’s Radio 1 download right here!

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  10. On the playlist: Dan Hyde - My Door

    Monday 24 March 2014, 11:39

    Zoë Nicholson Zoë Nicholson

    Calling all new music fans! Be sure to tune in to Radio 1’s daytime shows all week to hear the latest BBC Introducing act, Dan Hyde, on the playlist. The DJs playing his newest track My Door include Fearne Cotton, Greg James and Huw Stephens, but you can get ahead by listening to it below.

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    Hometown: Dan Hyde is an 18-year old singer/songwriter currently studying at Sixth Form in Cannock, Staffordshire.

    Style: My Door is an alternative indie pop track full of perfectly-placed musical accents. Dan recently tweeted that he’s enjoying listening to the likes of Nick Mulvey and Sigur Ros, and it...

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