Archives for December 2012

On the playlist: Arthur Walwin - All For You

Post categories:

Tom Young Tom Young | 11:08 UK time, Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Finding himself on the Radio 1 playlist this week is Arthur Walwin. His track All For You slots in alongside the likes of Muse, Frank Ocean and Jake Bugg and will be played by Radio 1's Fearne Cotton, Greg James and Dev.

Hear All For You below and spend a little time getting to know Arthur while you listen.

In order to see this content you need to have both Javascript enabled and Flash Installed. Visit BBC Webwise for full instructions. If you're reading via RSS, you'll need to visit the blog to access this content.

Hometown: Arthur is an Essex based singer-songwriter who spends his time crafting pop and RnB tracks in his home recording studio where he self-produces the majority of his work.

Style: All For You, which features on his EP For One More Night, is unashamedly a pop ballad with Arthur's heart firmly on his sleeve throughout. It has a similar feel to the slower work of bands like Coldplay, You Me At Six and Paramore but Arthur's strong, passionate vocal is what sets it apart.

You need to know: Alongside numerous local gigs in the South, Arthur has supported Marcus Collins and Parade.

Supported by: All For You was played by BBC Introducing in Beds, Herts and Bucks at the start of November.

Find out more: Head to his official site for information on current releases and upcoming gigs.

Changes to the BBC Introducing Uploader in 2013

Post categories:

Tom Young Tom Young | 10:00 UK time, Monday, 10 December 2012

In January 2013 we are making a change to the way the BBC Introducing Uploader works that we’d like you to know about.  We now have over 80,000 artists registered on the system we launched in February 2009 and we are constantly looking at how we best serve them and get their music heard. Towards the end of January we will be putting a limit on the number of unlistened-to tracks registered artists will be allowed to have on their profile. The limit will be three tracks.

 

Screen shot of the BBC Introducing Uploader

We’re putting the change in place so we can be really honest about our commitment to music makers.  The reality is it only takes a small number of tracks for a producer to appreciate what an artist is about, and we want uploaders to give us only their best work.  With fewer tracks to listen to, producers can listen to more artists and hopefully therefore play more tracks on their shows, put forward more artists for festival stages, Maida Vale sessions and other opportunities that arise on the national networks.

We also think that the process of being selective is a good exercise for music makers.  The Uploader is your window of opportunity to really impress our producers and it shouldn't be wasted. Before the Uploader existed one of the most common routes for unsigned artists to get their music heard was by posting a demo CD to a DJ. While the technology has changed, the importance of making a great first impression hasn’t, so it’s vital you put forward your best work, like you would on a demo CD.

• What does it mean for you? If you have three or more unlistened-to tracks on your profile, you will not be able to upload any more. The only solution will be to delete tracks that haven't been listened to and make room for your newest and best material.

You do not need to delete tracks that have been listened to or previously broadcast. These can be left on the system.

• What if I don't delete tracks? You won't be able to add more new tracks and may face a point in the future where your older unlistened-to material is removed from the system.

• Will all my tracks be listened to? In some cases, no. A producer, just like any listener, can normally tell if an artist is right for their show after listening to one or two tracks. Even more reason to make sure your best tracks are included in your selection of three. Due to the number of track submissions, we aren’t in a position to offer individual feedback.

• How long will it take to listen to my music? We aim to listen to an artist within six months of their tracks being uploaded.  In some of the bigger cities there are cases where it takes longer, and some tracks are still unlistened-to. If this is you, feel free to contact us and let us know.

• Is there still a limit on the number of tracks I can upload? Yes, that limit stays the same. You are able to upload three tracks in a 30 day period.

• Can profiles be deleted? Yes, this is possible. If the artist you have registered as no longer exists for any reason please just request this through our contact pages. Please include your artist name and where possible, email from the email address registered to the account.

 Any other questions? Please feel free to leave a question below or contact us via the contact pages.

This will be the first in a series of changes we are looking to make to continue to improve the service we offer to unsigned and undiscovered artists. We will keep you updated on our progress through this blog through 2013 and beyond.

BBC Introducing highlights: Tall Ships, Billy Bragg and Annie Nightingale

Post categories:

Lyndsey Boggis Lyndsey Boggis | 14:54 UK time, Thursday, 6 December 2012

It's December everyone so keep warm drink lots of warm tea (or mulled wine) and check out what's been going on with BBC Introducing across the radio networks in the last few weeks.

Tall Ships Maida Vale session

In order to see this content you need to have both Javascript enabled and Flash Installed. Visit BBC Webwise for full instructions. If you're reading via RSS, you'll need to visit the blog to access this content.

The magnificent Tall Ships joined BBC Introducing in session at Maida Vale Studios. Tall Ships have had a fantastic year playing our BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds and rounding the year off with a tour and a trip to the legendary Maida Vale Studios, recording four tracks including Gallop.

The John Peel Lecture 2012

In order to see this content you need to have both Javascript enabled and Flash Installed. Visit BBC Webwise for full instructions. If you're reading via RSS, you'll need to visit the blog to access this content.

Billy Bragg took to the stage to deliver this year's John Peel session at the Radio Academy in Manchester. Billy talks in detail about his journey as an unsigned artist and getting his first break on Radio 1. He talks about the fantastic work local radio is doing with new music talks in detail about BBC Introducing... Including Jake Bugg's own story (watch the clip on YouTube) from uploading his music to BBC Radio Nottingham in 2010 to securing a record deal with Mercury records.

You can watch the whole session here.

Annie Nightingale's advice

Over the last few weeks Annie Nightingale has been working with BBC Introducing to find three new bass music artists that show great promise for the future! We wanted to work with Annie so she could pass on her advice and wealth of experience in the industry. Check out how she became a mentor to these brand new artists; English from London, Kamos and Tripbuk from Hereford & Worcester, and Kent's Elliot Berger.

In order to see this content you need to have both Javascript enabled and Flash Installed. Visit BBC Webwise for full instructions. If you're reading via RSS, you'll need to visit the blog to access this content.

Gabrielle Aplin

In order to see this content you need to have both Javascript enabled and Flash Installed. Visit BBC Webwise for full instructions. If you're reading via RSS, you'll need to visit the blog to access this content.

 

Did you know that long before 'that Christmas John Lewis advert' hit our TV screens and the track stormed the charts, Gabrielle Aplin recorded in Maida Vale Studios for BBC Introducing back in April 2011. She recorded three Amazing Tracks Including a beautiful cover Of Coldplay's Fix You.

Gabrielle Aplin is from Wiltshire, and has been supported by BBC Introducing in Wiltshire for the last three years.

Daley

Daley at 1Xtra Live

Daley is making big waves at the moment with his new single ‘Remember Me’ which features Jessie J. BBC Introducing in Manchester have supported Daley since 2009. Check out his very first session for BBC Introducing at the Electric Proms.

Daley was shortlisted for the BBC Sound Of Poll in 2011, featured on Radio 1’s Live Lounge and toured with Emeli Sande, Maverick Sabre & Jessie J to name a few so it’s great to see him back with such a huge track. Keep a look out for him on your TV over Christmas!

Huw's BBC Introducing Discovery: Natasha Haws - Stranger

Post categories:

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 12:55 UK time, Thursday, 6 December 2012

In order to see this content you need to have both Javascript enabled and Flash Installed. Visit BBC Webwise for full instructions. If you're reading via RSS, you'll need to visit the blog to access this content.

The Introducing discovery this week is something rather thundery & tribal out of the north-east from a 17 year old singer-songwriter called Natasha Haws.

She has gained support from Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music and BBC Introducing in Newcastle for her elegant & forbidding track Stranger, so let it sweep you away & enjoy!

Pick up the track without spending a penny as part of Huw's free Radio 1 download and follow Natasha on Twitter.

 

What can a manager do for you? BBC Introducing in Kent finds out

Post categories:

Tom Young Tom Young | 11:18 UK time, Wednesday, 5 December 2012

What does it take to be a music industry manager? Incredible passion for new music, ridiculously detailed planning skills, or just a big fat book of contacts? The answer is probably all three and a huge amount more, as Jacob Rickard discovered on BBC Introducing in Kent last Sunday night (the programme is available on the BBC iPlayer until 8pm on Sunday 9th December).

Managers are the unsung, behind-the-scenes heroes of the musicians we hear on the radio... but for new bands looking for a break, a manager might be the essential link in the chain that helps them to progress to the next level of recognition.

Joining Jacob to find the facts was the Tunbridge Wells based major-label manager Dougie Bruce, whose roster includes the Californian soul singer Aloe Blacc and BBC Introducing-supported band Park Bench Society. Also in the studio was Gravesend's Alex Light, a singer-songwriter and electronic music producer.

In this clip from the show, Alex Light explains how his former band LightsGoBlue got together with their manager...

 

In order to see this content you need to have both Javascript enabled and Flash Installed. Visit BBC Webwise for full instructions. If you're reading via RSS, you'll need to visit the blog to access this content.

For more essential industry advice like this, check the Advice pages of the BBC Introducing website.

On the playlist: Picture Book - Why Are We Wasting Our Time

Post categories:

Tom Young Tom Young | 18:20 UK time, Monday, 3 December 2012

This week, Picture Book are the BBC Introducing artist on the Radio 1 playlist. Excellent news for them as it means their track Why Are We Wasting Our Time will get played on daytime shows including Greg James, Scott Mills and Fearne Cotton. You can hear Why Are We Wasting Our Time below and find out more about the duo too.

In order to see this content you need to have both Javascript enabled and Flash Installed. Visit BBC Webwise for full instructions. If you're reading via RSS, you'll need to visit the blog to access this content.

Hometown: Picture Book are brothers Dario Darnell and Lorne Ashley. The pair were born in New York but raised in Manchester.

Style: Taken from their second EP, Songs About Aimee, Why Are We Wasting Our Time fuses ambient pop with larger house melodies that motors along above an infectious sonar beat. Picture Book are an immensely creative duo as is displayed by their attention grabbing aLIve concept shows where they rework and remix tracks on the go.

You need to know: Dario and Lorne's father is August Darnell, lead singer and founder of Kid Creole and The Coconuts. The genes are strong in these two!

Supported by: Why Are We Wasting Our Time was brought to our attention by BBC Introducing in Merseyside, who first played the record in early October 2012.

Find out more: Head to the band's official website or check them out on Facebook and Soundcloud.

More from this blog...

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.