BBC Music Introducing Mixtape 23 April 2018

BBC 6 Music presenter

Hello, I'm Tom Robinson and here are the tracklistings for BBC Music's Introducing Mixtape - a podcast and radio show broadcast every Monday from 2-3am on BBC Radio 6 Music. Each week we showcase my favourite new tunes by emerging and independent artists, and in this episode you can hear:

FOGGY CITY ORPHAN, LOVEDAY, RAGGO ZULU REBEL, ALEX HIGHTON, LIINES, HYPER LION, DYLAN CARTLIDGE, MILLICENT, CHIEDU ORAKA, SAD BOYS CLUB, HANNAH SCOTT, ROBOCOBRA QUARTET, ONLY THE POETS, BILK, AISLINN LOGAN, RUN LOGAN RUN and DR TRIPPY

How to Listen...

This is the episode broadcast on Monday 23rd April 2018. You can listen again for 30 days (until Wed 02 May 2018) on our programme page via this link, or using the BBC iPlayer Radio App on your mobile device.

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All music has been sourced from BBC Music's Introducing Uploader and start times below are for the podcast version of the show...

FOGGY CITY ORPHAN - Step One [starts 00:11]
https://www.facebook.com/foggycityorphan

LOVEDAY - Close [starts 03:22]
http://facebook.com/thisisloveday

RAGGO ZULU REBEL - Work [starts 06:47]
http://www.raggozulurebel.com

ALEX HIGHTON - Can You Let Me In [starts 11:10]
http://www.alexhighton.com

LIINES - Shallow [starts 13:56]
http://www.weareliines.com

HYPER LION - Flin Flon [starts 16:59]
http://www.pariisoperahouse.com

DYLAN CARTLIDGE - Scratch Sniff [starts 19:05]
https://www.facebook.com/DylanCartlidgeMusic

MILLICENT - Bloom in The Grass [starts 22:51]
http://millicentweaver.com

CHIEDU ORAKA - Won't Get Along [starts 26:43]
https://www.facebook.com/chieduorakaofficial

SAD BOYS CLUB - American Spirit [starts 29:41]
http://www.facebook.com/sadboysclb

HANNAH SCOTT - Signs Of Life [starts 33:51]
http://hannahscott.co.uk

ROBOCOBRA QUARTET - You'll Wade [starts 36:26]
http://robocobraquartet.com

ONLY THE POETS - Dead Young [starts 41:34]
http://www.facebook.com/onlythepoets

BILK - Spiked [starts 44:33]
https://soundcloud.com/bilkbandpage

AISLINN LOGAN - Spree [starts 47:51]
http://www.aislinnlogan.com

RUN LOGAN RUN - Death Is Elsewhere [starts 51:26]
http://www.facebook.com/runloganrunmusic

DR TRIPPY - Bhang! [starts 54:49]
http://drtrippy.bandcamp.com

PS for artists...

(1) WARNING: Artists getting airplay from BBC Introducing often receive flattering emails from pluggers (with impressive-looking list of former clients) offering their paid services. Typically the email will say something like:

"Hi - I'm a national radio plugger... I came across 'YOURTRACKNAME' today, I'm a big fan of the single and wanted to find out if you have anyone looking after national radio yet?"

Be warned: this does NOT make you unique or special. Many artists receive similar emails every week. What it means is that this person wants you to pay them money in the hope of getting more national airplay for your music. 

In any case buying promotion services from a stranger - just because they happened to send you an email - is not a wise use of money, especially at the start of your career. In our experience, emerging artists can achieve very much better results themselves than by hiring a plugger - simply by contacting radio shows and DJs direct via social media.

For suggestions on how to do your own music promotion see the free advice section at my Fresh On The Net blog (freshonthenet.co.uk).

If you're still determined to engage a PR firm, there are over a hundred to choose from. Every one of them has an impressive-looking client lists. But just because somebody once did promotion for a famous label or artist doesn't mean they did a good job. So before parting with money, always do a thorough search on musician forums first to see if other artists have had dealings with the company in question.

And always ask for a list of national radio airplay they've achieved in the last 6 months in writing. Any reputable plugger will be eager to boast of the programmes, dates and artists concerned - which you can then verify on the BBC website. And keep a record of all correspondence in case of a dispute later.

But to be honest radio is actually less important right now than building a loyal audience for your music. A few extra radio plays here and there honestly won't make a huge difference at this point in your career. Putting in the hours playing live, regularly posting on YouTube and of course writing more killer tunes.

The time to seek professional PR services is when your live audiences are consistently in the hundreds, and your online likes  regularly in the thousands. With that kind of traction, a major investment becomes worth risking to help take the next step up. The best pluggers and PRs charge a lot of money because they're good at their job. But again it doesn't follow somebody will be good at their job just because they charge a lot of money. Check out which indie labels regularly get their releases played on your favourite radio station. Then contact those record companies to find out which PR firm they use.

And however things pan out, don't forget to carry on uploading your new releases to BBC Introducing so that we can carry on supporting you as your career unfolds. 

(2) We only get enough airtime on this show to feature artists - even our absolute favourites - about four times a year, however much we love their work. So after you've been been on the Mixtape, it would be great if you could wait about 12 weeks before sending me your next brilliant track. This leaves us time to help a load of other deserving artists meanwhile.

The best way of getting a tune direct to me is via Fresh On The Net any Monday to Thursday - where a dozen of us listen to every single track in the inbox each week. But don't forget to also upload that same tune to BBC Introducing at the same time, so that it's eligible for airplay...

Tom Robinson

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