BBC Music Introducing Mixtape 19 March 2018

BBC 6 Music presenter

Hello, I'm Tom Robinson and here are the tracklistings for The BBC Music 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:

PARKER LEE, THE MAGIC LANTERN, BOTH, MUTANT VINYL, THE HUMDRUM EXPRESS, THE LITTLE UNSAID, SLIDES, 3 BUCKET JONES, THE BABY JOHNSONS, WILDFIRES, THAT JOE PAYNE, WEB SHELDON, DOLLY MAVIES, TALL POPPIES and TEN MILLION ALIENS 

How to Listen...
This is the episode broadcast on Monday 19th March 2018. You can listen again for 30 days (until Wed 11 April 2018) on our programme page via this link, or using the BBC iPlayer Radio App on your mobile device.

Podcast
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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...

PARKER LEE - Sawtooth [starts 00:11]
http://parkerlee.bandcamp.com

THE MAGIC LANTERN – Lydia [starts 04:55]
http://www.the-magic-lantern.co.uk

BOTH - Fifteen [starts 08:27]
http://www.facebook.com/bothfanpage

MUTANT VINYL - Can You Kick The Reel [starts 12:11]
http://www.mutantvinyl.co.uk

THE HUMDRUM EXPRESS - E-Petition [starts 15:14]
http://www.thehumdrumexpress.com

THE LITTLE UNSAID - Why I Came Here [starts 19:23]
http://www.thelittleunsaid.com

SLIDES - No News Is Good News [starts 23:26]
http://www.soundcloud.com/slidesmusic

3 BUCKET JONES - 2 Steps Forward [starts 27:53]
http://3bucketjones.com

THE BABY JOHNSONS - Big In Brazil [starts 29:46]
https://soundcloud.com/the-baby-johnsons

WILDFIRES - Mr Solo [starts 33:07]
http://www.wildfires.band

THAT JOE PAYNE - I Need a Change [starts 36:45]
http://www.thatjoepayne.com

WEB SHELDON - IG ID [starts 41:35]
http://www.websheldon.com

DOLLY MAVIES - My Buoy [starts 45:03]
https://www.dollymavies.com

TALL POPPIES - Now [starts 49:13]
http://www.thetallpoppies.com

TEN MILLION ALIENS - Soul Food [starts 53:42]
https://www.facebook.com/10millionaliens

PS for artists...

(1) WARNING: Artists getting their first play from BBC Introducing often receive flattering emails from pluggers (with impressive-looking list of former clients) trying to sell their paid services. Typically these emails 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 other artists receive similar emails every week. What it does mean is that this person is hoping you will pay them money in the hope of getting more airplay. Since many other musicians will have been contacted by these same companies, do a thorough search on musician forums to see what other artists say about their experiences.

In our experience at BBC Introducing, buying radio promotion services from a complete stranger - just because they happen to send you an email - is not the best way of furthering your career. We constantly see emerging artists themselves achieving very much better results than pluggers do, 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 are determined to engage a PR firm there are over a hundred to choose from - all with impressive-looking client lists. Just because somebody once did promotion for a famous label or artist doesn't mean they did a good job though, so be very, very cautious before parting with money.

ALWAYS ask the person themselves for a list of records they got played on national radio in the last 6 months. Any reputable plugger will be keen to tell you the shows, dates and artists, and you can then verify these for yourself. Keep a record of all correspondence.

But in all honesty the thing that really matters right now is building a loyal audience for your music - and a few extra radio plays here and there won't make a huge difference. Compared to putting in the hours playing live, 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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