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Getting the BBC Sound of 2012 on the Red Button

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Tom Bedwell Tom Bedwell | 14:48 PM, Friday, 6 January 2012

It's all very well making predictions for the most successful artists of 2012 in January, but with the Christmas break this was never going to be the easiest of tasks.

On the up side; interviewing up-and-coming artists about their careers so far, enjoying the passion, the energy and the excitement that they had made it into the annual list (without letting on where they'd come).

As Michael Kiwanuka exclaimed "Just to be given the nod and for people to want to listen to what you ramble on about in your room with your guitar is amazing". Managing to source video of a two-year-old Skrillex playing harmonica and some photos of Azealia Banks from her early days in youth theatre were also a definite highlight.

The only down side; days and days in a darkened room cutting down wise words and electrifying performances to just five or so minutes each.

Watch interviews and music from Michael Kiwanuka, Frank Ocean, Azealia Banks, Skrillex and Niki & The Dove and take inspiration that you can do the same.

Watch the film on the BBC Red Button until Thursday 12 January.

Tom Bedwell worked on the BBC Sound of 2012 Red Button programme


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