Less Is More

Once again, Monday finds me sitting down to build next week's BBC Introducing Mixtape, and as usual it's a case of trying to cram a quart into a pint pot. That's the expression we used in the old days before decimalisation: somehow trying to cram a litre into a half-litre pot doesn't quite have the same ring. But you get the idea. Each week I…

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Benji Kirkpatrick & Faustus

Benji Kirkpatrick is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who performs on guitar, mandolin and banjo although his favoured instrument is the bouzouki. Born in Shropshire, England in 1976, he is the son of renowned English folk musicians John Kirkpatrick and Sue Harris, and his entry into the recording business suitably came about on his father’s 1994 album Earthling. Benji subsequently formed the acoustic band The…

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Brixton Party Invite !

Today's guest blog post comes from Stephen Gilchrist of Brixton Hill Studios and founder of new label Brixton Hillbilly Records. "...tracks arrive hotfooted from Brixton Hill Studios – perhaps the funkiest creative hub to be found anywhere in South London." Tom Robinson - BBC 6music Not our words, but the words of hero and musical mentor Tom Robinson. What a brilliant endorsement to get -…

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Palestine Music Expo 2017

This email arrived today from Martin Goldschmidt - the founder and chairman of legendary UK indie label Cooking Vinyl "Last November I went to Israel for the first time to see the industry showcase Tune In Tel Aviv. Jeremy from Tune in Tel Aviv kindly also hooked me up with some Palestinian musicians who took me around the West Bank. We met their fellow musicians…

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No Upload = No Airplay

Folks, BBC Introducing is a free service designed to help emerging UK artists get heard. But we at the BBC can't help you unless you help us too - by actually sending us your music via bbc.co.uk/music/introducing/uploader... Between 150-200 tracks arrive in our Soundcloud dropbox here at Fresh On The Net each Mon - Thur and our entire moderation team, including me, listens to every…

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A Tune On The Tour

I'm currently halfway through a solo acoustic tour of the UK - on which fellow FOTN moderator Benji Tranter is looking after backline and merchandise for us. On Saturday night our entire touring party of ended up sitting around in the rather unwelcoming lobby of a hotel on the outskirts of Selby called The Wishing Well. The night manager was a bit surly and unhelpful,…

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One Track Minds

It's our proud boast at Fresh On The Net that any artist, anywhere, can send us a track and a dozen of our moderators - with a wide range of musical tastes - will listen to it. We don't offer feedback on individual tunes, but we do guarantee to listen to every single one. If one or more of us falls in love with your…

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Trent Reznor’s Year Zero

I'm always thinking of cost-effective ways of promoting artists, but here's a promotion campaign - for Nine Inch Nails' 2007 album Year Zero - that was the exact opposite. This multi-platform experience was created by Trent Reznor in collaboration with 42 Entertainment in a project which Rolling Stone called "the most innovative promotion scheme since the leaked sex tape." Year Zero is a post-apocalyptic album…

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An Equal Chance For All?

This week we had a detailed and thought-provoking comment on our latest Fresh Faves by a reader who gave his name only as John - complaining about the fact that Cattle & Cane had been allowed onto last weekend's Listening Post: If the reasoning behind the listening post and the fresh favourites is to help up and coming un-established artists get their music heard by…

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The Bewlay Brother

On the 22nd of January 1972 my whole world turned upside down. Melody Maker ran a front-page article by Mick Watts on a little-known singer called David Bowie, which I read over and over again. "He's gay, he says. Mmmmmmmm. The paradox is that he still has what he describes as 'a good relationship' with his wife. And his baby son, Zowie. He supposes he's…

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