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2012

The year's most promising new artists

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184 influential UK-based music critics, editors, broadcasters and bloggers helped put together the BBC Sound of 2012 list by naming their favourite new acts. The tastemakers were:
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Editors

  • Annika Allen

    Editor-in-Chief, Flavour Magazine

  • Sean Bidder

    Editor, FACT magazine

  • Elisa Bray

    Music Editor, The Independent

  • Eugene Butcher

    Publisher, Vive Le Rock/Big Cheese Magazines

  • Keith Cameron

    Contributing Editor, MOJO

  • Sam Coare

    Deputy Production Editor, ShortList; Freelance writer

  • Leonie Cooper

    Deputy News Editor, NME

  • Kim Dawson

    Playlist Editor, Daily Star

  • JJ Dunning

    Editor, The Fly

  • John Earls

    Playlist Reviews Editor, Daily Star

  • Harriet Gibsone

    Deputy Editor, The Fly

  • Hanna Hanra

    Editor, BEAT magazine

  • Tim Ingham

    Editor, Music Week

  • Ted Kessler

    Associate Editor (Features), Q

  • Paul Kramer

    Music Guru, Hit Sheet

  • Michael Lewin

    Editor, Notion Magazine

  • Paul MacInnes

    Editor, The Guardian Guide

  • Rick Martin

    News Editor, NME

  • Matt Mason

    Senior Editor, Q

  • James McMahon

    Editor, Kerrang!

  • Malik Meer

    Editor, g2, The Guardian

  • Alexander Milas

    Editor, Metal Hammer

  • Alex Miller

    Executive Editor, Vice

  • Krissi Murison

    Editor, NME

  • Ben Murphy

    Editor, DJ Magazine

  • Tim Noakes

    Music Editor, Dazed & Confused, SocialStereotype.com

  • Katie Parsons

    New Music Editor, Kerrang!

  • Ben Patashnik

    Editor, Rock Sound

  • Camilla Pia

    Live Reviews Editor, The Fly. Writer, Q, BBC Music

  • John Robinson

    Associate Editor, Uncut

  • Marc Sallis

    Editor, Artrocker

  • Laura Snapes

    Assistant Reviews Editor, NME

  • Darren Taylor

    Consulting Editor, Rock Sound

  • Martin Townsend

    Editor, Sunday Express

  • Andy Welch

    Music Editor, The Press Association

  • Luke White

    Music Editor, MTV UK

  • Matt Wilkinson

    Radar Editor, NME

  • Mike Williams

    Deputy Editor, NME

Online Editors

  • Sean Adams

    Founder, DrownedinSound. Columnist, Sunday Times

  • Sam Ajilore

    Founder & Editor, That Grape Juice

  • Tom Aylott

    Editor, Punktastic.com

  • Mike Bradford

    Editor, The Recommender

  • Matthew Britton

    Blogger, The Pigeon Post/Lost Lost Lost

  • Tim Chipping

    Music Editor, Holy Moly

  • Mike Diver

    bbc.co.uk Album Reviews Editor

  • Jamal Edwards

    Founder & CEO, SBTV

  • Matilda Egere-Cooper

    Editor, The Cultural Exposé

  • Priya Elan

    Associate Editor, NME.COM

  • Chantelle Fiddy

    Contributing Editor, RWD, Mixmag urban

  • Holly Frith

    Editor, Gigwise.com

  • Jo Harrison

    Editor, Contactmusic.com

  • Phil Hebblethwaite

    Editor, Stool Pigeon

  • Luke Hood

    Founder, UKF

  • Michael Hubbard

    Founder/Editor, musicOMH

  • James Hurley

    Editor, MSN Music

  • Dave Kerr

    Music Editor, The Skinny

  • Andy Malt

    Editor, CMU

  • David McNamara

    Wheel Scene

  • Mark Murdoch

    Founder of Mahogany Blog & Sessions

  • Raziq Rauf

    Editor, ThrashHits.com

  • Raj Rudolph

    Editor, EQmusicblog.com

  • Paul Scaife

    Publisher, Record of the Day

  • Dave Taylor

    Editor, artrocker.com

  • Richard Thane

    Editor, The Line Of Best Fit

  • Toya

    Music Blogger, Toya'z World

  • Scott Wright

    Webmaster, Pinglewood.com

Presenters

  • Edward Adoo

    DJ, Broadcaster and Music Critic, BBC Radio 5 Live, FLP TV

  • Sacha Brooks

    Club DJ & Radio Presenter, Capital FM

  • Rob da Bank

    Presenter, Radio 1

  • DJ Semtex

    Presenter, BBC Radio 1Xtra

  • Andi Durrant

    Presenter, Capital FM

  • Vic Galloway

    Broadcaster, BBC Scotland Radio & TV

  • Paul Gambaccini

    Presenter, Radio 2

  • Jim Gellatly

    Presenter, In:Demand Uncut, Amazing Radio

  • Nick Grimshaw

    Presenter, Radio 1

  • Martyn Henderson

    Presenter, Capital FM

  • Lucy Horobin

    Freelance Presenter

  • Lauren Laverne

    Presenter, BBC 6 Music

  • Janice Long

    Broadcaster, BBC Radio 2

  • Jen Long

    Presenter, BBC Introducing in Wales on Radio 1

  • Zane Lowe

    Presenter, BBC Radio 1

  • Annie Mac

    DJ, Radio 1

  • Stuart Maconie

    Presenter, BBC Radio 2

  • Ally McCrae

    Presenter, BBC Introducing in Scotland, BBC Radio 1

  • MistaJam

    DJ and Broadcaster, BBC Radio 1Xtra & Radio 1

  • Trevor Nelson

    Presenter, BBC Radio 1Xtra and Radio 2

  • Dermot O'Leary

    Presenter BBC Radio 2

  • Mark Radcliffe

    Presenter, BBC 6 Music

  • Thomas Ravenscroft

    Presenter, BBC 6 Music

  • Marc Riley

    Broadcaster, BBC 6 Music

  • Charlie Sloth

    BBC Radio 1xtra

  • Huw Stephens

    Presenter, BBC Radio 1

  • Pete Tong

    DJ, Presenter, Radio 1

  • Jez Welham

    Presenter, Kiss Drivetime

  • Tim Westwood

    Presenter, BBC Radio 1Xtra

  • Jo Whiley

    Presenter, BBC Radio 2

  • Reggie Yates

    Presenter, BBC Radio 1, Glastonbury, Top of the Pops

Producers

  • Becci Abbott

    Producer, BBC Radio 1

  • Muslim Alim

    Producer, BBC Radio 1

  • Gary Bales

    Producer, Lauren Laverne Show, BBC 6 Music

  • James Bursey

    Producer, BBC Radio 1

  • Clare Chadburn

    Producer, Radio 1

  • Chris Denman

    Live Producer & Sound Engineer, Global Radio Group

  • Jess Eldridge

    Music Series Producer, 3DD Productions

  • Alison Howe

    Series Producer, Later with Jools Holland

  • Natasha Lynch

    Producer, BBC Radio 1

  • Rory McConnell

    Producer, BBC Introducing in Northern Ireland on BBC Radio 1

  • Jenny Nelson

    Music Producer, Absolute Radio

  • Ryan Newman

    Music Team, BBC Radio 1Xtra

  • Davina O'Garro

    Music Producer, BBC Radio 1Xtra

  • Chloe Pearson

    Music Producer, BBC Radio 1

  • Ed Richmond

    Producer, BBC Radio 1

  • Sam Rumney

    Assistant Producer, BBC Radio 1.

  • Phil Stocker

    Producer, BBC Radio 1

  • Claire Thomas

    BBC Introducing

  • Tim Vernon

    Music Producer, Absolute Radio

TV & Radio Executives

  • Mark Adams

    Head Of Music, Box Television

  • Duncan Allen

    Music Editor, MTV UK

  • Ric Blaxill

    Music & Content Director, Bauer Radio

  • Leyton Bracegirdle

    Channel Manager, Chart Show TV

  • Lauren Brennan

    Music Scheduler, BBC 6 Music

  • Joe Broadfoot

    Channel Manager, Starz TV

  • Paddy Kelly Bunce

    Executive Producer, Big Top 40

  • Jason Carter

    Event Director, Radio 1 & 1Xtra London 2012, and Editor, BBC Introducing

  • Matt Cook

    Director of Talent & Music Programming, MTV UK & Ireland

  • Clare Cooke

    Talent & Music Executive, MTV

  • Dave Coull

    Group Music Manager, UKRD Group Ltd

  • Alex Critchley

    MTV

  • James Curran

    Head of Music, Absolute Radio

  • George Ergatoudis

    Head Of Music, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra

  • Ben Evans

    Programme Manager, Nation Radio & NME Radio

  • Andy Everett

    Executive Producer, In:Demand Scotland

  • Mark Findlay

    Head of Music, Capital FM Network

  • Kate Finn

    Music Supervisor, Lime Pictures

  • Roscoe Gibbs

    Channel Manager, Greatest Hits

  • Keeley Gray

    Channel Manager, NME TV

  • Nigel Harding

    Music Policy Executive, Radio 1

  • Alex Herron

    Channel Manager, Scuzz TV

  • Maurice Jay

    Programme Controller, U105

  • Cath Lovesy

    Head of Music, Channel 4

  • Laura Lukanz

    Music Manager, BBC Radio 1Xtra

  • Kyle Lynd

    Music Supervisor, Skins

  • Neil McCallum

    Head of T4 and 4Music

  • David Mogendorff

    Talent and Music Digital Director, MTV Networks

  • Jon Myer

    Music Manager, BBC 6 Music

  • Brian Paige

    Programme Director, Radio Forth

  • Cat Park

    Channel AKA

  • Abbie Pink

    Music Programmer, Box TV

  • Christian Smith

    Head of Music, Kiss Network

  • Jeff Smith

    Head of Music, BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music

  • Kevin Spector

    Head of Music & Programming, Music Choice International

  • Mark Strippel

    Head of Music & Events, BBC Asian Network

  • Lee Thompson

    Head Of Music, BT Vision

  • Mike Walsh

    Deputy Programme Director / Head of Music, XFM

  • Lana Webb

    Head of Music, Remedy Productions

Writers & Critics

  • Laura Hyperfrank Brosnan

    Editor, Soundophiles. Writer, MTV, i-D, and Diva

  • James Cabooter

    Daily Star, Playlist

  • Dan Cairns

    The Sunday Times

  • Ally Carnwath

    Writer, The Observer and Q

  • Richard Clayton

    Financial Times, Sunday Times

  • Greg Cochrane

    Music Reporter, BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra

  • Kitty Empire

    Pop Critic, The Observer

  • Thomas H Green

    The Daily Telegraph, Mixmag and www.theartsdesk.com

  • Phoebe Greenwood

    The Times

  • Dan Hancox

    Writer, The Guardian, The National, New Statesman

  • Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

    Pop Critic, Financial Times

  • Talia Kraines

    Entertainment Liason, Bauer Media

  • Paul Lester

    Freelance Journalist

  • Neil McCormick

    Music Critic, The Telegraph

  • Craig McLean

    Journalist, The Telegraph, Independent On Sunday & Radio Times

  • Garry Mulholland

    Music journalist, broadcaster, author

  • Gillian Orr

    Writer, The Independent

  • Christopher Parkin

    Writer, NME, Time Out, BBC Music, redbull.com

  • Joseph 'JP' Patterson

    Editor, MTV: The Wrap Up. Columnist, GRAMMY.com. Freelance: BBC Radio 1, VIBE, Super Super

  • David Pollock

    Writer, The Independent, Mixmag, Scotsman, The List

  • Ed Potton

    Rock & Pop Editor, The Times

  • Jude Rogers

    Journalist

  • Larry Ryan

    The Independent

  • Chris Salmon

    The Guardian, Freelance writer

  • David Smyth

    Chief Rock and Pop Critic, Evening Standard

  • Caroline Sullivan

    Freelance/The Guardian

  • Tom Thorogood

    Journalist, Bizarre The Sun

  • Adrian Thrills

    Rock & Pop Critic, Daily Mail

  • Lisa Verrico

    The Times

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