Fake Fans On Soundcloud

Terry Matthew from Chicago House Music blog 5 Magazine takes the lid off the underhand business - and yes, it turns out, it really is a business - of buying bogus plays, comments and follows on Soundcloud. "Fake views, fake plays, fake fans, fake followers and fake friends - the mainstream music industry has long been about 'buzz' over achievement, fame over success, the mere…

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Live Performance Workshop

On Thursday 19th January 2012 I hosted a live performance workshop called Stand & Deliver for the 2012 BBC Introducing Masterclass at Abbey Road Studio 2. Video of the full session can still be seen here: the climax was a short set by my special guest Frank Turner which starts at 1:02:00. However that video is now quite hard to find from the BBC Introducing…

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On Creative Writing

I heard a great piece by the Irish author Kevin Barry recently on Ian McMillan's programme The Verb on BBC Radio 3. Kevin's description of the daily struggle to create words from nowhere powerfully reminded me of Neil Gaiman's recent advice for aspiring writings when we chatted on my show recently. The message from both authors was simple: PERSEVERE. This is as true for songwriters as it…

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Six BBC Introducing Losers

Here are 6 great tracks - sent to our Fresh On The Net inbox last week - that I adored, even though there wasn't room to include them on our Listening Post. I earmarked every one of them for airplay on my BBC Introducing Mixtape. But guess what. Five of them hadn't uploaded the tunes to BBC Introducing. I've said it before, let's say it…

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Welcome To Our New Home

We've had a makeover here at FOTN - well, not so much a makeover as a complete redesign from the ground up - courtsey of web genius Alaric King. Once Team Freshnet came together in March 2012 the blog very quickly outgrew its original design and we now have over a hundred pages of information, nearly four hundred posts by the team - and almost…

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TR Alternative Playlist

An Alternative Playlist of tracks that have caught my fancy in our dropbox over recent weeks. The fact is that there's far more interesting music being made than than we can possibly fit on our Listening Post - and even my BBC Introducing Mixtape only features an hour of music every week. So here's a bonus 90 minutes of uninterrupted quality listening - carefully sequenced…

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Would You Let A Poet Drive You To Work?

Guest rant by Robin Millar Robin is a musician who has conquered blindness to become a world famous record producer with over 150 gold, silver and platinum discs to his credit - not to mention 55 million record sales. He was made a CBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours.  He has contributed this post to us at Fresh On The Net - questioning the modern…

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Tinnitus Awareness Week

This week (4th - 10th February) is Tinnitus Awareness Week and UK charity Action on Hearing Loss has been campaigning to raise awareness about Tinnitus and the dangers of exposure to loud music. (more…)

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THE OTHER WOMAN: why 2013 is for the girls

[caption id="attachment_8812" align="aligncenter" width="576"] BBC Sound of... poll winners Haim[/caption] It’s high time we here at The Other Woman stood on our soapbox (er, beer crate) and triumphantly punched the air. It seems 2013 truly is the year of women in pop. Some will scoff at this statement and cite the last ten years as an excellent decade for women in music but that is…

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WELSH LANGUAGE EMBARGO

Bad news for the many fine young Welsh artists currently singing lyrics in their own language, such as Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog (above). A BBC-wide directive has just been issued with immediate effect, stating that no more Welsh Language music can be played on air until further notice: This e-mail is being widely circulated across the BBC in order to ensure that the BBC does not…

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