BBC INTRODUCING WEEK ON 6 MUSIC
BBC Introducing is an initiative to support new music across the BBC regional and national radio, first launched in 2007. The central Introducing website contains a wealth of advice for upcoming independent artists, and a unique Uploader tool that enables musicians to send audio files directly to a network of 30-40 local radio shows across the country. These teams share the best of their discoveries with national programmes at Radio 1, 1Xtra, 6 Music, Asian Network and even Radio 3. Some of the most promising artists end up getting recorded in special Maida Vale sessions or presented on the BBC Introducing stages at Glastonbury, Leeds/Reading and T In The Park.
Our shows on 6 Music are called BBC Introducing: Fresh On The Net because of our slightly different focus from those on other networks. Our particular mission is to showcase the most interesting new music by unknown artists that can be heard online. They can be any age or gender - signed or unsigned - and working in any genre or style anywhere in the world. We want to put listeners directly in touch with these musicians - so all the tunes we choose can be heard legally and for free on the artists' own web pages. And at the end of every show you can click directly through to find them, via our online tracklistings.
The other big difference is that it's listeners who tell us about all this stuff in the first place. Everyone can suggest music for the show - not just musicians and industry insiders. We listen to every tip that comes in via our Recommend Music page and if we like it we play it - simple as that.
So here's what's happening on 6 Music's first ever BBC Introducing Week. First off, you can hear some of our favourite discoveries from 2007 to the present day in a series of five half hour programmes and podcasts of highlights from Fresh On The Net. These go out at midnight on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights - with the final one following Stuart Maconie's Freakier Zone at 1am Saturday morning.
Secondly, there'll be live sessions and interviews across 6 Music this week with upcoming artists - all of whom have been championed by the BBC Introducing network...
ALLO DARLIN Steve Lamacq, 4pm Monday 26th April
BROADCAST 2000 Marc Riley, 7pm Tuesday 27th April
MEURSALT Andrew Collins, 1pm Wednesday 28th April
MAN WITHOUT COUNTRY Lauren Laverne 10am Thursday 29th April
And then the Tom Robinson show on Friday 30th April will feature highlights from the Maida Vale Special Event hosted by Steve Lamacq and myself the previous evening. Four superb bands - POST WAR YEARS, LET'S BUY HAPPINESS, BABE SHADOWand THE NEAT - recorded in Studio No.3 in front of a live audience.
And after all the fun and games are over, the most important thing is that next weekend we'll be carrying on the good work with BBC Introducing: Fresh On The Net - and a fresh four hours of online tunes recommended by listeners, musicians and BBC Colleagues - from 1-3am on Sunday and Monday morning. See you then!