Here’s the best way of sending me music. Many BBC presenters and producers like listening to new music on CDs and vinyl, and I’ve written a guide on the best way of sending these to radio. But I mostly play tracks sent via BBC Introducing, where no physical discs are involved.
EMERGING UK ARTISTS
If you have a stunning new tune to promote, I’m keen hear it. Simply upload it to BBC Introducing – then share it to Fresh On The Net via Soundcloud any Mon-Thu afternoon, and I promise to listen to it. If I personally love what comes out of the speakers, I’ll play it on my BBC Introducing Mixtape show. If other members of our moderation team love your track, they’ll also draw it to my attention. And if lots of them love it, it will go on our Listening Post here at Fresh On The Net for the public to hear. That won’t affect airplay, but it will give you extra exposure, and a chance to find out what complete strangers think of your music.
Record industry professionals: 95% of my free plays at 6 Music are for tunes submitted via BBC Introducing, not promo releases from labels. If you’d like me to listen to your new releases anyway, you’re welcome to email me – or my BBC producer Andy Warrell – a streaming link to them on Soundcloud / YouTube / Bandcamp etc – but there’s only a 5% chance we’ll be able to play them on air. But please don’t send them to me on disc (see video):
Music sent to me on disc is unlikely to get heard – sorry. And there are very few slots where I can even play new releases from pluggers in any case. My three shows each week are:
Now Playing @6Music (Sundays 6pm): none of the music is chosen by me.
The BBC Introducing Mixtape (Monday mornings 2am): 100% music uploaded to BBC Introducing.
The Tom Robinson Show (Saturdays 9pm) Guests play sessions, give extended interviews, or curate music for the show. Plus a dozen tracks from the BBC Introducing Mixtape and a sprinkling of classic tunes through the show. For the final hour we play obscure, mostly vintage, music. So most weeks we can only play half a dozen new releases from pluggers. And when there’s a major guest or festival coverage we can’t play any at all.
So for UK artists the best way to get your latest release considered for my shows is by uploading it to BBC Introducing and sharing it to Fresh On The Net via Soundcloud any Monday to Thursday. That way it will definitely get heard by me and if I like it, I’ll play it on one or more of my shows. Simple as that.