Archives for October 2012

Rock solid advice from Twin Atlantic and Lower Than Atlantis

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Ally McCrae Ally McCrae | 15:03 UK time, Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Last week was Radio 1 Rocks, where British rock was given the mighty platform its current front-runners deserve, and I spoke to a couple of the bands taking part to see what advice they have for the future heroes of the scene.

Almost all acts that were part of the week on Radio 1 got there through the grind of building a local support, spreading that over the UK with gruelling toilet tours (not literally, of course), then a couple of lucky breaks supporting bigger acts to finally hit the mainstream - magazine covers, label support and sessions on Radio 1.

Twin Atlantic and Lower Than Atlantis are two bands that put in a shift to get to where they are now, to say the least...
Mike from Lower Than Atlantis

Mike from Lower Than Atlantis told me: "Don't give up! There'll be some times where you'll be like 'why are we putting ourselves through this?' But if you really want something and work hard enough, it'll happen. We're the proof!"
Wise words.

Sam from Twin Atlantic 
Sam from Twin Atlantic added: "Be yourself. You can only measure success against your own feelings and aspirations. There's no more room in the music industry for any more phonies. Make music for yourself... whatever that means to you."

Which as a Radio 1 DJ is advice I couldn't agree more with. Nobody wants another watered down version of a successful band - boring. The real excitement is in invention, ultimately you'll have way more pride in that. Anyway, by the time you got yourself together, the mainstream would have moved onto something else and you will be left with no identity! There are enough Mumford & Sons cover bands in the world.

You may think your music doesn't fit in, or is 'hard to define' - embrace that, and make that the next big deal.

Watch and listen to highlights of Radio 1 Rocks here and catch me on Radio 1 every Sunday with Jen Long.

And don't forget to upload your best tracks and beats.

On the Playlist: Big Beat Bronson - New Me

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Tom Young Tom Young | 15:28 UK time, Monday, 29 October 2012

Each week a BBC Introducing track gets picked for the Radio 1 playlist ensuring airplay to millions on shows like Fearne Cotton, Scott Mills and Greg James.

Smashing their way on the playlist this week are Big Beat Bronson and New Me. The track can be heard below and will also feature on Huw Stephens' free download after his show on Wednesday night.

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Hometown: Big Beat Bronson are a hip hop quartet from Newcastle upon Tyne. The band are Baron Von Alias (who played the BBC Introducing Stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Carlisle in 2011), MistaBreeze, Eliza Lawson and DJ LKP. They united their powers at the start of the summer of 2012 and have been making waves ever since.
Style: The foursome more than live up to the big beat billing with New Me pounding on your door for attention. Fans of Chase & Status and Pendulum will enjoy the sharply produced drum and bass track while Von Alias and Mistabreeze's pass-the-mic vocals have drawn comparisons with the Beastie Boys... albeit with Geordie accents.
You need to know: The band aren't shy when it comes to dipping into the dressing up box. If you go see them live, don't be surprised to see onesies, Ghostbuster outfits and, of course, one particularly great moustache.
Supported by: BBC 6 Music's Tom Robinson calls them 'genius' and BBC Newcastle's Nick Roberts has been backing them for a while, first playing New Me at the start of July.
Find out more: Head to the band's official site to see the video for New Me and follow the band on Twitter for their latest updates.

Huw's BBC Introducing Discovery: Injured Birds

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 14:33 UK time, Thursday, 25 October 2012

This week's Introducing track Hey Now is a great find from a four piece band consisting of Jack, David, Ian and Sam who go by the name of Injured Birds. They've described their sound "plinky soul" or "art folk" and it was passed onto us by BBC Introducing in Nottingham, which at the moment is a hotbed of quality music laying claim to No.1 album selling Jake Bugg and Dog Is Dead. Not bad!

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If you like this you can get the track for free on my Radio 1 download.

On the Playlist: Jay Brown - Video

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Tom Young Tom Young | 13:01 UK time, Tuesday, 23 October 2012

This week, BBC Introducing artist Jay Brown and Video have been added to the Radio 1 playlist. This means the track will be heard across daytime shows including Greg James, Fearne Cotton and Dev.

You can listen to the track here (don't forget to tell us what you think in the comments below) and you will be able to get it for free it as part of Huw Stephens' Radio 1 download after his show on Wednesday night. Read on for more information about Jay.

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Hometown: Jay is a young songwriter from Northampton born to Jamaican parents.
Style: The range of influences in Jay's sound are massively diverse. She cites grunge, reggae and even country music as helping her find her style. Whatever the origins, Video is no pastiche. Jay's vocal jumps from soft to snarling as and when she wants driving forward an indie-electronic sound that is sparsely but intelligently produced.
Did you know? She recently opened for Bastille on their UK tour and has since been collaborating with Dan Smith from the South London group.
Supported by: Jay has been played by our good friends at BBC Introducing in Northampton.
Where can I find out more? Head to Jay's Facebook page for more information.

On the Playlist: Summer City - We Were On A Break

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Tom Young Tom Young | 11:54 UK time, Monday, 15 October 2012

Each week, a BBC Introducing track gets added to the Radio 1 daytime playlist. It's a big deal because it means the artist gets played by the likes of Greg James, Dev and Fearne Cotton. This week, that artist is Summer City and here's what you need to know about them along with their track We Were On A Break.

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Hometown: Summer City are from Ripon, North Yorkshire where they formed at the age of 13.
Style: The teenage quartet do pop rock/punk in its purest form. Influenced by blink-182, Pendulum and Jimmy Eat World, it gets parties started in a way that would make Andrew W.K. smile.
Did you know? blink-182's Mark Hoppus loves the track We Were On A Break. Don't take our word for it, here he is on YouTube.
Supported by: The band have been well supported by the BBC Introducing team in York and North Yorkshire.
Where can I find out more? Find the band on Facebook and check out the video for We Were On A Break on YouTube.

Let us know what you make of the track in the comments section below.

Huw's BBC Introducing Discovery: Primer

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 18:05 UK time, Thursday, 11 October 2012

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This week's discovery is a banger from a 25 year old producer and DJ called Primer, also known as Zak Tysoe. His studio is in a converted chicken shed which he shares with various mice, cats and spiders - they must be great inspiration though as he's producing some lush beats, like on this track, Dawn Skyline. BBC Introducing in Northampton was impressed, and passed this onto us for a spin on my Wednesday night show on BBC Radio 1. Nice!
And even better - for the next 30 days you can get this track for free on my Radio 1 free download.

Follow Primer on Twitter for his latest updates.

On The Playlist: Tall Ships - Gallop

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Lynda Davies Lynda Davies | 10:22 UK time, Monday, 8 October 2012

This week sees the highly acclaimed Tall Ships have their single Gallop added to the Radio 1 playlist. Listen out for it making an appearance across daytime shows including Greg James, Dev and Scott Mills. The single is below for you to discover as well as a few essential facts about the band.

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Hometown: Originally from Falmouth but now live in Brighton
Style: Mutilayered guitar led soundscapes with pounding drums and Morrissey-esque vocals. They cite Sigur Rós and Biffy Clyro as influences but there are also hints of Battles and Bon Iver in the mix.
Did you know? Tall Ships have toured the UK and Europe in support of Los Campesinos! and Dry the River plus headlined the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds this year.
Supported by: Jen Long is a big fan, having selected them as one of her top tips at Reading.
Where can I find out more? Gallop is the second single from their debut album Everything Touching, which is released today! Find out more on the Tall Ships website.


Let us know what you make of Gallop in the comments section below

Huw's BBC Introducing discoveries - Sam Geoghegan and Indiana

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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 15:41 UK time, Thursday, 4 October 2012

It’s a special bumper edition of BBC Introducing goodness this week blog fans – with not one but two tips that I’ve been loving from the BBC Introducing local shows around the country.

First up is Sam Geoghegan from York. He’s a 20 year old student making beautiful acoustic tunes, and BBC Introducing in York & North Yorkshire are loving his work. This track is called ‘Lions Feed’.

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And tip number 2 comes from singer-songwriter Indiana, with ‘Blind As I Am’. She’s one of BBC Introducing in Nottingham’s favourite up and coming artists, and her session for them has already got over 40,000 views online. If you haven’t heard her already, get ready to love her blissed out and atmospheric tunes.

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For the next 30 days you can get BOTH these tracks for free on my Radio 1 free download. Go get 'em.

 

On the playlist: The Skints - Up Against The Wall Riddim

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Tom Young Tom Young | 16:38 UK time, Monday, 1 October 2012

This week sees The Skints getting added to the Radio 1 playlist with their track Up Against The Wall Riddim being heard across daytime shows including Greg James, Dev and Scott Mills. Have a listen and read up on some essential facts about the band.

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Hometown: East London
Style: The Skints describe themselves as reggae and dub upstarts. There's plenty of punk and ska in the mix too as is shown by Up Against The Wall Riddim, a rampaging tune which flips and switches comfortably between engaging rhythms and vocalists.
Did you know? The band are pretty much always on tour. Well maybe they do take the odd break, but not many. They've supported Gym Class Heroes, Reel Big Fish, You Me at Six, Gogol Bordello and even found time to play for us at Hackney Weekend in June.
Supported by: Mike Davies from the Radio 1 Punk Show is a big fan of the band and had them in for a session at the start of 2012.
Where can I find out more? Head to their website for the latest news and a selection of amusing photos. The Skints head out on their own headline tour this October in support of their new album, Part & Parcel.

Let us know what you make of Up Against The Wall Riddim in the comments section below.

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