BBC Introducing was founded in 2007 as a way for new, independent & grassroots artists to bypass the record industry and get their music heard by BBC producers and DJs – without having to spend a fortune on pluggers, publicists or other intermediaries.
Many hundreds of tunes a month get uploaded to Fresh On The Net and the BBC Introducing website and, whenever I hear something I particularly like, this is the show I play it on: our weekly mixtape featuring 60 minutes of the finest music you’ve never heard of: broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music from 2-3am every Sunday night/Monday morning.
Each programme is also downloadable in podcast form at the BBC 6 Music downloads page for the following 30 days. All tracks are sourced from the BBC Introducing Uploader – some recommended to me by BBC colleagues while the rest are chosen from submissions to our Fresh On The Net inbox. Click here for more info.
These are the listings for the episode broadcast in the small hours of Monday 16 Jan at 2.00am. Our tracklists and timing for the Introducing Mixtape are now officially listed on the BBC Introducing Blog.
FOCUS! FOCUS! – Concrete [starts 00:17]
JOSH SAVAGE – Whisper In The Snow [starts 04:12]
RUINZ ASON – Qurious (Ft. Karoo Chanti) [starts 07:01]
GAVIN MARTIN – The Revolutionary [starts 11:21]
REDFACES – Kerosene [starts 14:31]
JOHN GELLERSEN – Pale [starts 18:22]
THE FISHERY COMMISSION – 2and4and6and8 [starts 20:17]
LUNGLEY – Slow Down [starts 25:36]
SWEET DEALS ON SURGERY – Take My Hand, Punch Me In The Face [starts 29:19]
TEN FÉ – Twist Your Arm [starts 32:05]
CATGOD – Blood (feat. EVIE TARR) [starts 36:24]
FAUVES – Wither Away [starts 40:17]
HALF DECENT – Still Getting Mine [starts 43:41]
WE WERE STRANGERS – In The Inbetween [starts 47:15]
MEGA EMOTION – OK Maybe OK [starts 52:57]
RACHEL CHINOURIRI – So, My Darling [starts 56:57]
After being featured by BBC Introudcing or Fresh On The Net you may receive an email out of the blue from a PR company with a hugely impressive client list saying how much they like your music. Please be aware that this does not make you unique or special: many of your fellow artists will receive a similar email that week, and that the companies in question are simply trying to sell you their paid services.
However spending hundreds of pounds on engaging a professional radio promotion team is probably not be the best use of your money at this point. There are hundreds of PR companies in the UK, nearly all of them have impressive client lists, and the most successful ones are very expensive indeed: you get what you pay for.
In our experience emerging artists who do their own promotion often achieve the same results as a plugger – or indeed better – at a fraction of the cost. For advice on how to do this see our free resources on Sending CDs to Radio and How To Promote Your Music.
If you do decide to pay many hundreds of pounds to a PR company to try and get your music played elsewhere on national radio, don’t take their own word for how good they are. We strongly recommend getting an independent recommendation from the management or record company of at least one artist on their client list.
You can usually find contact details via Google. Alternatively check out which indie labels are regularly getting their artists onto national radio – and phone them to ask which PR company they would recommend.