Monday 22 December 2014, 16:00
Are you a brilliant Turkish saz player living in London? Or maybe a fine traditional Sufi singer in Birmingham? Perhaps you have a whole new take on folk roots music? You might be famous in your own community, but how do you get heard beyond that?
The answer could be the BBC Introducing Uploader.
Since 2007 BBC Introducing has done a great job of picking up and promoting new talent across the UK, well supported by both BBC local and BBC network stations. But not all music fits into the music policy of the national stations. So this is where World on 3 comes in.
World on 3 is BBC Radio’s only dedicated world music programme – and from 5th January, we will start using the BBC Introducing Uploader to discover your music. So get yourself recorded – it doesn’t have to be studio quality (though that’s always nice!), our ears know when we hear star quality.
The World on 3 team will listen to every submission. If we like what you upload, you could hear it being played on the programme. We might even ask you to come in and play live on air. And who knows, there may be a chance to play on the BBC stage at Womad, the most prestigious world music festival around.
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Thursday 18 December 2014, 17:25
Myself and the rest of the BBC Introducing in Kent team are feeling super festive after our special Christmas Party last night! We were lucky enough to be able to record in a fancy and stunning room called The Great Hall in a Tudor manor house at Hall Place and Gardens in Bexley. Performing for us around the Christmas tree and under the chandeliers was some of our favourite acts from Kent at the moment:
Florrie / Shy Nature / Island Cassettes / First Family / Coronation Ball
We OF COURSE made everyone dress suitably festive for the occasion, I myself was wearing a light up Christmas jumper and lots of the acts were wearing big jumpers with ridiculous patterns and Christmas hats (the best dressed band accolade went to Island Cassettes, that's them in the photo above). You can have a little look at all the pictures from the night right here. Every act on the line up performed an original song as well as a special Christmas track, here are our favourite moments:
Maidstone indie pop band Shy Nature have had a brilliant 2014, they smashed their set on the BBC Introducing stage at Radio 1’s Big Weekend this summer and have received national radio play across Radio 1, Radio 2 and 6 Music...
Wednesday 17 December 2014, 13:57
Geoff Meall is the Managing Director of The Agency Group (UK). He is also a member of TAG's Senior Global Management Team. His live roster includes huge range of acts, from established stadium fillers, to up and coming stars of the future. In this second guest blog (click here to read the first), Geoff takes a closer look at how he began working with one of the UK’s most revered live acts, Muse. He also explains why he got involved with BBC Introducing supported act, Gallery Circus.
I’ve been representing Muse since late 1998. I first came across their name in early ’97, whilst I was representing the Britpop act Gene. On their biggest tour of the UK in 97 they headlined the Royal Albert Hall, we decide to run a competition for local bands to win the opening slot on each of their gigs across the country. Naturally they received hundreds of demo tapes from all over the place which the band didn’t quite expect, or have the time to listen to all of them... so we cheated a little and asked lots of local promoters who would be a good band out of those who’s sent theirs in would be. My local contact in Exeter suggested Muse (as an aside the Cardiff gig went to a very young Stereophonics...
Monday 15 December 2014, 08:00
HANA is the latest BBC Introducing act to be selected for our sought after weekly spot on the Radio 1 playlist. Her track “I Don't Want To” (which you can listen to in full below) will receive plays from Fearne, Greg and Scott. Read on to find out more about this Welsh singer-songwriter and let us know what you think.
Hometown: South Wales
Style: Hana’s pop-inspired melodies are perfectly complimented with lyrics that display teenage life in its complexities. With just a few songs under her belt, “I Don’t Want To” is a great introduction to a UK act with a bright future ahead of her...
Thursday 11 December 2014, 11:40
Geoff Meall is the Managing Director of The Agency Group (UK). He is also a member of TAG's Senior Global Management Team. His live roster includes Muse, Paramore and BBC Introducing supported duo, Gallery Circus. In the first of two blogs, Geoff offers up his take on how your act should approach working with a live agent and how they can help develop your career.
The question I’m asked more often than any other is: “I/we’re looking for somebody to help find us gigs. Would you be into helping us/taking us on/representing us?”. I receive on average tens of completely unsolicited approaches...
Wednesday 10 December 2014, 12:08
The saying goes ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.’ Although more digital tools and services exist than ever before to assist DIY musicians, you will still at some point need to call upon worthwhile contacts and outside knowledge to help you.
Building valuable contacts and relationships requires more work than just getting your hands on names and numbers. These seven tips should help you get your foot in the door, but also help you develop quality connections to move your music career in the right direction.
1. MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS IN PLACE
Before you start making contact...
Friday 5 December 2014, 19:16
Pretty Vicious are the latest BBC Introducing act to be selected for our sought after weekly spot on the Radio 1 playlist. Their track “Cave Song” (which you can listen to in full below) will receive plays from Fearne, Greg and Scott. Find out more about the band and let us know what you think.
Hometown: Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales.
Style: Pretty Vicious bring an authentic reflection of teenage angst mixed with frantic punk rock riffs. With an EP due in 2015 we’ll find out more about this brand new trio in the UK music scene, but as introductions go, this is a future anthem for your playlist. For fans of Arctic Monkeys, Royal Blood and Jake Bugg.
You Need To Know: Three mates aged 16-18 who met in the Welsh Valleys in March this year. They've had support from Adam Walton and the team at BBC Radio Wales. The band are currently inundated with requests to go out on tour around the UK so look out for live gigs soon.
Find out more: See what else Pretty Vicious have been up to by following them on Twitter
Wednesday 3 December 2014, 10:25
It might be Christmas season, but we’re already looking ahead to the New Year and have plenty of treats in store.
First off we’ll have the results of the BBC Music Sound Of 2015 list, plus, we’re joining PRS For Music Foundation for a MASSIVE trip to South By South West in March to showcase some excellent up and coming BBC Introducing acts.
Before then, we’re returning to KOKO in Camden to put on five nights at Club NME. Last year, we had the sublime Catfish & The Bottlemen and Saint Raymond playing among others, and this year we’ve curated five nights which we think show off some of the excellent new acts coming through the BBC Introducing Uploader. You can head down there every Friday night in January to see us in action. Here’s who’s on the line-up:
FRIDAY 02 JAN: RACING GLACIERS + PORT ISLA
FRIDAY 09 JAN: NOTHING BUT THIEVES + EKKAH
FRIDAY 16 JAN: THE BOHICAS + KATE MILLER
FRIDAY 23 JAN: JUCE + GENGAHR
FRIDAY 30 JAN: FICKLE FRIENDS + APRIL TOWERS
Plus you can catch Huw Stephens and Ally McCrae DJing through the night.
You can find out more head to the KOKO website here
See you down there!
Monday 1 December 2014, 19:06
Honne are the latest BBC Introducing act to be selected for our sought after weekly spot on the Radio 1 playlist. Their track “All In The Value” (which you can listen to in full below) will receive plays from Fearne, Greg and Scott. Find out more about this Bristol duo below and let us know what you think on Twitter.
Style: Influenced by R&B, this sophisticated song-writing duo could be compared to the likes of James Blake and Frank Ocean. However, their originality and style alone has enticed the taste-makers of the industry well ahead of their debut live show in London last week.
You Need To Know: Within three months HONNE went from first Upload to being played on BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe show. BBC Introducing in the West and Huw Stephens were early fans of their work and this track has already been streamed 100,000 times on Soundcloud.
Find out more: See what else Honne have been up to by following them on Twitter.
Friday 21 November 2014, 18:41
The Bulletproof Bomb are the latest BBC Introducing act to be selected for our sought after weekly spot on the Radio 1 playlist. Their track “Five Green Bottles” (which you can listen to in full below) will receive spins by Greg James, Scott Mills and more. Read on to find out about this promising young London band and let us know what you think below.
Hometown: South London.
Style: For an act that started as an acoustic comedy group when they were just 15, this London five-piece are actually now flourishing as a rather good rock'n'roll band. Inspired by a range of artists from The Clash...