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BBC Introducing Mixtape: 6 November 2017

Tom Robinson

BBC 6 Music presenter

My first BBC Introducing shows on 6 Music were broadcast at the end of October 2007, since when we've given over 15,000 tunes by under-the-radar artists their first national BBC radio play. This weekend we're broadcasting four hours' worth of highlights from across those ten years.

The first three hours were broadcast on my Saturday 6 Music show which you can listen to here for the next 30 days. This fourth and final hour of favourite tracks is yours to download and keep as a podcast (see below) and features:

POLKA PARTY, MICACHU & THE SHAPES, SHELLSUIT, TANYA AUCLAIR, VICTORIAN ENGLISH GENTLEMENS CLUB, SHARKS TOOK THE REST, EZRA BANG, GEORGE PRINGLE, ALICE GUN, NEPHU HUZZBAND, ROADIDENDREN, FENNEL SEEDS, PLAYING HOUSE, ICE SEA DEAD PEOPLE, MADAME CESKI, RRYRRY, MODELISTE, VINYL JACKET, HOT SAUCE PONY, THE POCKET GODS and SNIPPET

How to Listen...
This is the episode broadcast on Monday 06 Nov 2017. You can listen again for 30 days (until Wed 7th December) on our programme page via this link, using the BBC iPlayer Radio App on your mobile device, or as a rich playlist on the BBC Music app and web pages.

Best of all...
You can receive the show automatically every week as a podcast by subscribing via iTunes or the Podcasts app on your mobile device: just search "Tom Robinson Introducing". If you enjoy what we do on our podcast please consider giving it a five star rating on iTunes - or wherever you get your podcast from - it helps other new music fans find the show.

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

POLKA PARTY - The Fizz [starts 00:10]
https://youtu.be/ao6CIWn_mFo

MICACHU AND THE SHAPES - Golden Phone [starts 2:42]
http://www.micachu.biz/home.php

SHELLSUIT - Postman [starts 5:21]
http://shellsuit.co.uk

TANYA AUCLAIR - Illiterate [starts 08:39]
http://www.auclairmusic.com

VICTORIAN ENGLISH GENTLEMENS CLUB - Parrot [starts 11:26]
https://www.facebook.com/tvegc

SHARKS TOOK THE REST - Restaurant [starts 15:19]
https://soundcloud.com/joyatlas

EZRA BANG - What U Can't Kill U Must Envy [starts 17:58]
https://afropunk.bandcamp.com/track/ezra-bang-hot-machine-what-u-cant-kill-u-must-envy

GEORGE PRINGLE - Extremely Verbal After Midnight [starts 21:04]
https://soundcloud.com/georgepringle

ALICE GUN - Blanket And A Box [starts 22:54]
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCazP66MhZlNSGwF0mnsp7gw

NEPHU HUZZBAND - No Not Ever [starts 24:38]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqqnb6JBTUI

ROADIDENDREN - Poptarts [starts 26:32]
https://www.facebook.com/Roadidendren

FENNEL SEEDS - I'm A Traitor My Parents Will Never Want To Know [starts 29:29]
https://soundcloud.com/fennelseeds

PLAYING HOUSE - New Haircut [starts 33:02]
http://www.playinghouse.co.uk

ICE, SEA, DEAD PEOPLE - Hence Elvis [starts 35:27]
http://www.iceseadeadpeople.com

MADAME CESKI - The Book of David [starts 38:23]
http://www.francescasimmons.com

RRYRRY - A Short History Of Davids [starts 41:15]
https://rryrry.bandcamp.com

MODELISTE - Pirate [starts 44:41]
https://modeliste.bandcamp.com

VINYL JACKET - Got The Badge [starts 47:01]
https://soundcloud.com/thisisjoyya

HOT SAUCE PONY - Fenced In [starts 50:14]
https://www.facebook.com/hotsaucepony

THE POCKET GODS - Jombal Party [starts 52:07]
https://www.facebook.com/thepocketgods

SNIPPET - The Imposter [starts 56:21]
http://www.johnnocasson.co.uk

PS from TR

ARTISTS! Some important words of warning... After being featured by BBC Introducing you may receive emails from PR companies with impressive client lists. These emails will say they like your music and want to help you get further radio airplay. Please be aware this does NOT make you unique or special - it simply means they want your money. Large numbers of artists we play receive these emails from companies seeking new customers for their paid services.

Hiring a professional radio promotion team - just because they happen to send you an email - isn't necessarily the best use of your money at this point in your career. In our experience emerging artists often achieve the same results as a plugger - sometimes very much better - by simply contacting radio shows and DJs themselves 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 do decide to pay a PR firm to do this work for you, there are over a hundred to choose from in the UK. Most of them have impressive-looking client lists - but just because somebody once did promotion on a record by a famous artist doesn't mean they did a great job. Before paying for promotional services of any kind, ALWAYS get an independent endorsement from a couple of their clients before parting with you hard-earned cash. You can find the management, record company or booking agent for most artists using Google.

It's true that further down the line - as your career gathers momentum - you may want to invest serious money in a professional PR campaign. The most effective pluggers charge a lot of money because they're good - these things can't be done on the cheap. But once again - be careful! All effective pluggers charge a lot of money, but not all pluggers who charge a lot of money are effective.

So if you do plan to invest several thousand quid on radio promotion at some point in the future, here's my advice. Do some research and find out which indie labels regularly get their artists played on your favourite radio stations. Then make friendly contact with whoever runs that record company to find out which PR company they would recommend.

Finally, whatever route you choose, don't forget to carry on uploading your new releases to BBC Introducing so that we can carry on supporting you as your future career unfolds.

Tom Robinson

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