The BBC Introducing Mixtape

The BBC Introducing Mixtape on 6 Music

The BBC Introducing Mixtape is a 60 minute radio show and podcast which I compile for BBC Radio 6 Music. It’s broadcast every Sunday night (technically Monday morning) at 2am and at the end of the show the whole thing can be downloaded as a podcast. The download remains available for the next 28 days.

To send me a tune for my BBC Introducing Mixtape, upload it to our Dropbox group on Soundcloud any Monday to Thursday afternoon. You don’t need a plugger, a promo CD or any of the other old music biz malarky – this is the 100% guaranteed way of getting your music heard by me. It will also get considered by the rest of Team Freshnet for our Listening Post.

However for airplay you do also need to upload your track to BBC Introducing – otherwise it won’t qualify for the BBC Introducing Mixtape. No upload=no airplay

The Mixtape also includes music recommended by BBC colleagues from around the country, again sourced from the BBC  Introducing Uploader.

TIP: don’t be in a hurry. There’s no point sending anything less than your very strongest work. We get 100-200 tunes every week, and there are only 15-16 slots on each Mixtape.  If you have much better material on the way, then wait a while and send us that: read more here.

Unfortunately it isn’t possible to give feedback on individual tracks but I will listen to your tune – and if I love it, I’ll play it.
Simple as that.

Tom Robinson March 2012
Tom Robinson

78 Comments

  1. It doesn’t help when no-one from BBC Introducing listens to your track though does it?

    I’ve been played on BBC Manchester twice (Oct 2011 and April 2012), but didn’t receive an email to tell me that it would be on the show. The web-site hasn’t even been updated to show the last broadcast.

    The BBC Manc Introducing Twitter account is closing soon too.

    I get the feeling that the whole BBC Introducing thing is slowly being closed down (due to cut-backs?). It’s a crying same as Un-signed artists don’t have huge corporate PR machines to fall back on.

    So, while I’m here…

    http://soundcloud.com/thin-white-dude/top-of-the-tree

    Best wishes (from a slightly disillusioned)

    Thin White Dude

  2. Tom

    Hello Jason – just out of interest – had you already shared this excellent track with us via our Listening Post on this blog at some point and been ignored?

    Anyway as you’re clearly aware, BBC Introducing is just part of the long hard strenuous process involved in getting one’s music heard and the vital Step 1 is regularly uploading your new tunes to us every couple of months.

    Most people imagine that’s enough, and bypass Step 2 – getting the undivided attention of someone who works at the Beeb in the area of new music. But you’ve managed to get mine right here.

    Step 3 is that I can now go straight to your BBC Introducing Uploader page and download your latest tune. I’ve put it forward (producer permitting) for our Introducing Mixtape on 6 Music next week.

    For future reference though – the best way of getting my undivided attention for your music is via our Listening Post any Monday to Thursday at http://freshonthenet.co.uk/submit

    As it says above – if I like it, I play it – it’s as simple as that.

    Tom x

  3. HI,

    Wow thanks Tom – Sorry I didn’t comer back sooner (hence the delay in my reply).

    To answer your question, this was the first time I’ve shared anything through the listening post – I had just put my faith in the BBC Intro. Uploader.

    Again, thanks and very best wishes,

    Jason.

  4. Hi

    I uploaded tracks like 10 months ago and none have been listened to ??? what should i do ??

    Soundcloud – http://soundcloud.com/digisoldier85

  5. Tom

    Hello Digital Soldier – BBC Introducing is just part of the process of getting your music heard and uploading your very latest and very best new song to us is an important first step. But thousands of tracks get sent in every month and BBC Introducing has limited staff and resources. So the important second step is getting the attention of someone who works at the Beeb in the area of new music and letting them know it’s there.

    Since you live in Edinburgh that means finding out who presents and produces BBC Introducing shows in Scotland and getting their undivided attention and asking them to listen to a specific song that you have sent to the BBC Introducing Uploader. You can be sure that if any BBC Introducing show listens to a track and likes what they hear, they’ll definitely play it on the radio. But don’t leave it to chance. Find the right person, make personal contact and ask them to check out your latest and very best song.

    For myself the best thing is to send one that latest and very best song to our dropbox on this blog any Monday to Thursday at http://freshonthenet.co.uk/submit and all of us on Team Freshnet will take a listen. If any of us really like the track we’ll publish it over the weekend on our listening post. If the public really like it we’ll post it permanently on the blog in our Fresh Faves.

    And if I personally love any of the tracks that come in – and can find them on the BBC Introducing Uploader – I always put them foward to my producer to be considered for 6 Music’s Introducing Mixtape.

  6. Hi.
    I was listed in the Freshnet list yesterday, and was very close to being voted in the top 5 tracks. Does this mean I will get a play on BBC 6Music?
    I’m also being played on BBC Introducing Lincolnshire if that helps the cause haha.

    Thanks.

  7. Tom

    Hi Ross, yes all the UK-sourced tracks that make our Listening Post each weekend do automatically get considered for the my Introducing Mixtape on 6 Music so long as they’ve been sent to the BBC Introducing Uploader as well. And in your case the answer is a definite yes. Your song You Are The Sun tickled our fancy and will be on the Mixtape this week or next :-)

    But one play on the radio isn’t much help on its own if you don’t put in a bit of work on your side so that you get the full benefit. If people like what they hear on the mixtape, what will they do next? How will they find you, follow you and support you in future – how will they get to hear more of your music or come to your gigs ?

    You do have two versions of the song on a Soundcloud page but no photo or info about you – and no link to your Facebook. Your Twitter started out great while you were in The Grips but now you hardly ever use it – and it only has two words of information about you: “Musician, UK”. And no links to your music. Supposing Huw Stephens reads your latest tweet – he’ll have no idea what song you’re talking about, who you are, where you’re from or what you sound like. And you haven’t given him a link to click on and find out.

    Even if Huw does hear You Are The Sun and love it and play it on Radio One, what will happen then?

    Many professional pluggers would sell their grandmothers for a single play on Radio One, but they know that unless the artist is already generating some buzz and activity and excitement under their own steam with an interesting joined-up web presence, a video and a few gigs lined up, national radio play is a pretty much wasted opportunity.

    Just saying.

  8. Hi Tom,

    I was just wondering, if a track has been given a spin by another DJ (Gary Crowley), would it still be eligible for inclusion on the Mixtape? My band’s song Violins is one of this week’s Fresh Faves and I’m hoping its still able to run in the race…

    Thanks Tom,

    Elia (and the Low Tears too)

  9. Hi Tom, as much as I applaud the general ethos of BBC Introducing and your (and others) support for it, I am increasingly concerned that personal preference is diluting it’s effectiveness. I will not be specific about which regional centre we’re talking about here, but my experience is that those DJs/producers who select uploaded material are often genre-specific and do not give as broad a choice of new music as is warranted by the many, many excellent bands out there. Are there any safeguards in place to prevent this? What are your thoughts on this? Regards, Alastair

  10. Tom

    Thanks Alastair – this is an important question, so by way of reply I’ve written a full blog post here.

  11. Hi Tom, thanks for your lengthy response to my comment. I decided to answer here, rather than on the full blog post, because I think your words of reply stand well enough on their own and should be left as such. I agree with everything you say; no one owes us struggling musicians an audience, BBC Introducing included! And yes, BBC Introducing is a wonderful under-funded institution that deserves (and gets) my wholehearted support. Just for the record, no, it wasn’t the Manchester Introducing team I was referring to! This is a difficult area and I would agree that it is almost impossible to put safeguards in place that would satisfy everyone. But, when I witness an Introducing show which is playing the SAME bands each week, sometimes the same SONGS, and all bands on the show are basically the same genre, I am suspicious that the music-listening public in general are not really being considered in this ‘choice’. You at FOTN seem to have a better ethos because at least there are several of you involved in the choice and presumably there is some variation in your preferences. That makes the playing field flatter for all the musicians trying to get themselves heard. But I’m not convinced the field is as equally horizontal for some (may be not all) Introducing shows! But, as you say, personal preference has always dictated who hears what in the music industry, so perhaps we just have to learn to live with it. Or, we could always move to another part of the country!

    Thanks also for the helpful advice at the end of your post. As you point out, our website is a bit out of date, but it’s actually undergoing a complete redesign as we speak. We are already on Twitter and Soundcloud but perhaps those links aren’t clearly displayed. I’ll get them sorted! Oh, and we’ve just been confirmed to play the O2 Academy, Liverpool, in September, which we’re very pleased about obviously! So I’ve got plenty of updating to do…

    Thanks for your time in answering this concern of mine.

    Regards

    Alastair

  12. Tom

    Cheers Alastair – that certainly doesn’t sound right. In your place I would make my complaint public, naming the show and giving specific examples and dates. The show is not playing you anyway – and not likely to, from what you say. What do you have to lose – and how many other artists in your area will be helped ? If there are legitimate grounds for complaint, they need to be heard and responded to.

    While you’re always welcome to comment here on the Team Freshnet blog, why not post directly on the BBC Introducing Blog where your points will be noted by people with the power to act on them. For instance there’s a recent and related post (clarifying the selection process for BBC Introducing Festival stages) by Claire Thomas who is the Executive Producer for BBC Introducing. Post a straightforward, factual and specific comment there and Claire is certain to read it.

    Also the BBC is a publicly funded body and has a policy of responding to all complaints at http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints

  13. Hi Tom, just wanted to add my voice to the concerns about the BBC Introducing process in some areas of the country. I live in Devon where there is currently no BBC Introducing facility. I have uploaded several tracks to the BBCI uploader over the past couple of years, but nobody has ever listened to any of them. To make matters worse, when you click on the link to BBCI on the BBC Devon homepage, it takes you to Radio Stoke’s “In Praise of God” programme – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/england/devon/. I did try making a complaint at http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints a few weeks ago, but nobody ever got back to me. I fear very many talented SW musicians are destined to remain unheard. Does anybody know whether there are plans to reintroduce BBCI for Devon? Many thanks, Marie

  14. Tom

    Hello Marie
    Thanks for posting here. Actually it’s not true that nobody has listened to any of the tracks you’ve uploaded to BBC Introducing: Paul Sheehan – producer of Steve Lamacq’s Radio 2 and 6 Music shows – listened to (and shortlisted) your song Heart In Your Pocket last August. So it was certainly heard by Lammo last year even if he didn’t consider it suitable for airplay on his shows. And Richard Pitt from BBC Introducing in Bristol downloaded and played it in May this year as you well know. Out of interest I’ve just listened to all four of your tracks myself. So if any talented SW musicians are destined to remain unheard, you’re certainly not one of them.

    But you’re right that the broken link to Radio Stoke’s “In Praise of God” clearly needs fixing, and absolutely right the lack of a local Introducing show is a shortcoming in the service provided by BBC Devon. My suggestion would be that you contact the station directly about this, and persuade other likeminded local musicians to do likewise. And although I myself don’t have any involvement in the central running of BBC Introducing, I’ve emailed the people who do to tell them about your post here – and have forwarded them your email address.

    Give em a couple of weeks – they’re still in the throes of running the BBC Introducing stages at Reading and Leeds this weekend, so they won’t be able to get back to you until the dust clears – and you can always email me via the contact page here if you still haven’t heard anything by mid September.

  15. Hi Tom,
    My band (The Texas Flood) have uploaded some tracks to the BBC introducing platform a while back but as of yet they have not been listened to. i have emailed the presenters of my local show, which would be on BBC Wales, but have had no luck in gaining any response. is there anything else i could try to remedy this?

  16. Tom Robinson

    Hey Tom

    If it was me I would try:

    1) A friendly tweet to Adam Walton asking if he could take a listen & give you some feedback. If you tweet any DJ an interesting/funny comment about that week’s show first, they’ll be more likely to respond to you about your music. We’re only human: if you sound interested in us, we’re more likely to be interested in you.
    2) If the show goes out live, texting in or tweeting the show while it’s on air. Same principle applies here obviously: respond to/contribute to what’s going on in the show before texting in “PLEASE LISTEN TO MY BAND”
    3) Writing a postcard or letter (or both) to each of the presenters, c/o the station. And make sure it’s a funny/memorable postcard.
    4) Phoning the station switchboard to find the name and email address of the show’s producer.
    5) Lying in wait outside the station clutching a CD in your hand for half an hour after the show (if live) comes off air.
    6) doing some research and then turning up to a club night or other event where you know one of the presenters will be appearing live.

    It all depends how desperate/driven/motivated you are. If it was me I would definitely work my way through the above list until I got a result. The first rule of plugging is that until someone has heard your track and said no, then you’re still in with a chance. The second rule of course is: have a thick skin. If at first you don’t succeed…

    Needless to say all of this applies to national shows as well as local ones. Astonishingly few artists ever bother waiting outside the radio station with a CD for the particular show they’re targeting. One word of caution: the person you give it to will almost certainly listen, but its a trick you can only pull off once before you get dismissed as a pest or a crank. So only try it when youre 95% certain you have your breakthrough track.

    Which is where our listening post comes in: a painless low key way of finding out whether you actually have a track that stands out from the pack. Upload a favourite song to us here any Mon-Thu via Send us a track. We always listen to everything that comes in and if one of us loves your tune we will put it on our Listening Post

    And if that happens you’ll quickly find out whether it’s appealing enough to win the love of the general public… If even one complete stranger puts you in their top five you’ll know you’re doing something right :-)

    Hope that’s some help
    Tom R

  17. Patrick Spinks - Sublime Music

    Tom Robinson should go on the honours list for his truly exceptional efforts and advice for the grassroots creative industry

  18. frustrated manc

    Hi Tom, Unfortunately here’s another minor complaint against manchester introducing.

    After sending my latest ep to people like xfm exposure and lammo, i received national airplay with a few of my tracks. Whilst that is amazing and very pleasing, i havent had any support or airplay from my local introducing show in Manchester.
    Whilst I realise not everybody will like my music surely national airplay on a couple of the main new music stations means my music is of a good enough quality to be played on a local new music show.

    I guess after uploading my tracks and even giving a presenter one of my cds at an introducing night, ill just have to take it on the chin.

    I just hope that other local manchester acts dont think that the local introducing is the only route into getting airplay on the bbc.

  19. Hi Tom,

    We get played quite a lot on BBC Newcastle’s Introducing show. We’ve been played a couple of times on BBC Tees’ Introducing and even once on BBC York. We’ve also been included in your Fresh Faves (I think we were in batch 22 a few weeks back).

    How do we progress up the chain to the likes of 6Music and maybe even Radio 1?

    I noticed you said above about getting a member of staff’s attention; should we start trying to get in touch with the likes of Huw Stephens and Lauren Laverne et al, or is there a system whereby number of plays on local radio is monitored (or something to that effect?)

    I appreciate there are mitigating factors to do with getting played, but what do we do next?

    Thanks for your time and advice!

    Jake

  20. Tom

    Hello Jake
    as far as I recall we gave Blank Maps airplay on 6 Music pretty early on – maybe even before Bob or Nick started supporting you locally – when we played your song Running In Slow Motion back in May last year. Didn’t we even put it in our podcast at the time?

    Unfortunately you lucked out by submitting Just Call to us here while I was away on my Summer holidays this year so I didn’t hear it at the time. As you say there are loads of factors involved in getting airplay, and I’ll email you privately with some pointers re approaching national shows like Huw Stephens, Lauren Laverne etc

    T x

  21. Hi Tom,

    Yes, you’re right, you did play us and put us on the Podcast. We’ve changed a lot since then (I tend to not even count that as being us any more), but you certainly did play us right at the start!

    Thanks very much for taking the time to mail us!

    Jake

  22. Hi Tom, i have my track “Shredding my CV” on BBC Introducing and since no one has ever listen to it and no reply. Seems you fav my track on the Listening Post..could you please help? Or what do you think i should do next?

    Regards,
    Jun12

    http://soundcloud.com/jun12

  23. A L

    Hi Tom!

    You played on BBC introducing a song of mine in spring.

    After that I noticed (and you state it on here as well) that to be played you now need to use the uploader. But to do that you have to be in the UK.

    My question is: is there no chance anymore to be played on the radio if your not from UK?

    All the best and thanks for the chance.

    Alberto

  24. Hi Tom,

    Following our track ‘How Do You Cope, Hope’ making the Fresh Faves, I’ve uploaded it to BBC Introducing (I thought I had already!)

    Thanks!

    Toby / Blonde Bunny

  25. Romance Waddington

    Hi Tom I uploaded our track Storm recently and I received 2 emails saying the song had been listened to. I just wanted to ask how long it takes from a song being heard and it being played (if it ever does get played) please.

    http://www.soundcloud.com/soulfunkful/storm

    Thank you,

    R. W.

  26. Tom robinson

    Hi Romance (what a lovely name!) it’s one of the peculiarities of the BBC introducing Uploader that it sends an email to the artist every time one of their songs is even listened to. BBC music shows get sent literally 20 times more music every week than they can possibly play on air. Obviously we have to listen to tracks in order to hear whether they’re even suitable for broadcast, let alone whether they’re going to be in the 5% we end up using. So in my opinion it’s really unkind that the BBC system sends those automatic emails as soon as anyone hits the “play” button. For my own show we always write personally to each artist for download permission before we include them on my Mixtape show – so that they know their track will definitely be used in the coming weeks. If you haven’t such an email from us, you might still get played on another Introducing show, but alas not on ours. Sorry!

  27. Romance Waddington

    Thanks! and thanks for your reply Tom, much appreciated. I understand that there are a lot of songs submitted and that we may not get played. Now then, I shall upload on your site on Monday, shall I? Maybe I’ll be lucky :-)

    Thanks Tom x

  28. Hi Tom – Our track “High As The Stars” got a fantastic review from Mar and has been favourited by several of the good folks on the Listening Post – How are we looking to be included on your Introducer Mixtape? Plenty more quality tracks where that came from :) Thanks, Brien

  29. Hey Tom,

    I was wondering, as I’m based in Sydney, Australia and have uploaded a track onto Freshonthenet, how would I get considered for inclusion on the mixtape?

    I can’t use the BBC introducing uploader unless I pretend I’m from the UK haha! Is there another way around it? Assuming of course that my track is suitable :)

    BTW, thanks for the opportunity to load onto the listening post, every little bit helps, so a big thanks. And I did take your advice and i’ve uploaded onto amazingtunes.com as well..

    Cheers

    Craig.

  30. Hi Tom

    Just wanted to say a big thanks for taking the time to listen to our track ‘We Built A Ship’ and include it in your listening post last week. Very glad we did this as now pleased to hear it will be included on the BBC Introducing Mixtape show on 10th December!

    I’ve also been looking through all your tips and info on the site here. Some really valuable stuff.

    Thanks,

    Steven
    The Minister’s Cat

  31. Guneet Dave

    WOW! It’s too bad more people don’t know about this place, this article had
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  32. vincent burke

    Hi Tom – just downloaded a new one for you here in Wav form, the uploader needs it as a MP3 and converted the track sounds like it’s being dragged through gravel – has anyone else had this problem?

  33. Tom Robinson

    What bit rate are you using for your mp3 conversions, Vince?

  34. Hi Tom, our band has sent you our new piano demo, ‘Mother Mary’. But we can’t upload it to BBC Introducing as we already have three new songs up there. Apologies. Apparently, we can upload the new demo to BBC Introducing after April 4th. But we think as a musician/songwriter/broadcaster you are the ideal contact anyhow.
    Best wishes,
    Oscar.

  35. James

    Hi Tom, when do you put together your mixtape? Thought ‘Skinny Dream’ was already on the BBC uploader but apparently not, it is now though.. is that too late? We were one of the Fresh Fave’s this week.

    kindest regards

    James

  36. Lee_Archer1992

    Hey I was just wondering as I uploaded three tracks over the past few days and they have been listened to a good ween of times already is this a good sign?

  37. Tom

    @Lee_Archer1992 Hi Lee Not sure if you’re talking about uploading to the BBC website, where being listened to several times is probably a good sign, or to our Soundcloud dropbox for Fresh On The Net.

    If it was to our SOundcloud, I listen to everything that comes in (typically 150-160 tracks a week) but the mixtape is only 60 mins long, about 15-16 tracks.

    So there’s only room to feature about 1 in 10 of the tracks that I’ve listened to on Soundcloud, on the Mixtape.

  38. Just added our song ‘Bother Me’ to the dropbox, we’ll upload it to the BBC website as soon as our monthly limit is lifted.
    Think it’s great you do so much to help out unsigned bands like ourselves Tom, not many are truly willing, and there’s some really useful advice around here so cheers! Mr Robinson – we salute you! I.V.

  39. Hi there tom

    Ive been fortunate enough to have my tracks played twice on bbc intorducing Merseyside

    I have tried to add them several times via dropbox but each time they are not selected. I dont want to bug you guys if u feel that they are not suitable it just seems at odds with all the other airplay ive gotten as well. I was picked by peter guy at the liverpool exho as ‘one to watch 2013′

    So should I keep trying with this is my question really.

    Thanks

    J

  40. Tom

    Hello Jay

    It’s not you, its us ! We get sent 130-150 tracks most weeks and many of them are pretty good. But it takes at least half a day to listen to that much music – so for the Listening Post we have to get it down to a manageable 25-30 – the public can’t be expected to listen to more than that.

    Each week up to a dozen of our moderators listen to EVERYTHING. They then just approve their one or two absolute favourites from the whole pile. That way we get a wide spread of tastes, and every track will have been ADORED by at least one of us. We then ask readers and other musicians to listen and give us their opinion, so we get down to the ten most-loved tracks out of everything that came in. It’s the fairest practical system we can think of.

    Simple arithmetic means we’re bound to disappoint 100+ bands weekly :-( But not getting onto the Listening Post doesn’t mean we think the track you sent us was “bad” or “not good enough” – just that however good it is, none of our moderators actively preferred it to everything else that came in that week.

    But did you really send us your song Uberunkle without it getting selected? If so, I’m mortifed to have missed it and if you wouldn’t mind sending it again this week, I’ll personally approve it for the Listening Post. Our readers definitely deserve a chance to hear it this weekend.

    And cheers for taking the trouble to post your comment. It bears out all the key points in my talk at http://www.freshonthenet.co.uk/promo: (1) There’s too much music out there: everyone is swamped. (2) It’s nonethless perfectly possible to get the attention of people in the media with your music. (3) But only once: so hold back until you’re CERTAIN you’ve got something completely exceptional. If you mither Steve Lamacq with something ordinary, he won’t listen a second time.

    But Uberunkle is definitely exceptional in my opinion and will equally definitely be on my BBC Introducing Mixtape in a few weeks’ time.

  41. forthaven

    hi tom!
    Hi Tom,

    Wow that was an unexpected response! yes i have added Uberunkle again. And thanks very much for the compliments :)

    I would like to add credit to Anne Marie Howard here who sung on this track- both for the vocals, lyrics but also inspiration on the musical side.

    I do understand about the sheer volume of stuff you must have to listen to. Being from Liverpool and doing live music reviews, it is astonishing how many great bands and artists there are, who all deserve to be listened to all the time- but there probably are not enough hours in the day!

    Out of Curiosity, do you know Stuart Todd? He’s the chap who pointed me in your direction. I play bass for his new band, Three Minute Hero, we are close friends.

    I shall look forwards to hearing it on the show :) thanks again

    J [Forthaven]

  42. Just to say thanks Tom for playing Snake Mary – much appreciated !

  43. Hi Tom,

    First of all thanks for giving to all unsigned artist this platform…It really helps a lot!

    We’ve tried to Upload a “clean” version of “If You Wanna Feel Good”, but unfortunately the BBC Uploader says that we can’t upload anything till the 10/10/2013 and we’ve deleted the old version.
    Another lesson learnt i guess…Next time we’ll make sure there are no F words in our songs…lol

    We still have “Let Me Go” on the BBC Introducing website, which you chose for the Extra Gems 14 Sept 2013, though…just saying ;)

    Hopefully we’ll have another chance soon.

    Thanks again for your support!!!

  44. Hi Tom,

    Just wanted to say well done on the efforts you make here, staying involved with the people! Your blogs/articles are much appreciated. Cheers!

  45. Hi Tom,

    I’ve uploaded a couple of my bands tracks (Reporters) the last two weeks or so but have unfortunately not made it to the fresh faves or the mixtape. Would it be worth it to keep on trying next week or not?

    Thanks,
    Dan

    https://soundcloud.com/reportersband/reporters-trouble-in

  46. Cee Gordon

    Hi Tom,

    Ive uploaded 3 tracks to BBC Introducing 1 Month ago and i received confirmation that they were listened to 5 days ago by “BBC Introducing In Manchester” & “BBC London Introducing”.
    Please could you advise me on any necessary steps to take next, If any.
    it would be much appreciated!!!

    Hope To Hear Back Soon.
    Cheers.
    Cee

  47. Hi Cee

    Glad to see the system is working – two listens by two different stations in one month is great news and means that BBC Introducing is delivering on its promise.
    No other action is needed on your part – your music has been heard along with maybe 100-200 other tracks which will have been sent that week.

    As far as radio play goes, here’s the arithmetic. Obviously you can’t fit more than 15 four minute songs into a 60 minute music radio programme. But in practice news breaks, trails, station idents, interviews, sessions and spoken introductions between the records mean that on average we can only fit around 12 tracks into an hour of music radio – and it’s often a lot less.

    So once your track has been heard there’s a 10-20% chance it’ll get selected for radio play and an 80-90% chance that it won’t. Either way you’ve already done the most important thing by creating your very best work before sending it and there’s nothing else you need to do at this point. More info: http://freshonthenet.co.uk/2013/08/listening-to-the-inbox

  48. Cee Gordon

    Hi Tom,

    Many thanks for your reply & also thanks for the info on the link you posted it was most helpful. I appreciate your help.
    While I’m here, here is the link to my sound cloud page http://www.soundcloud.com/ceegordonuk

    Please Listen to my music as i feel it is what you will want to hear.
    All feedback will be much appreciated.

    Cheers Again,
    Cee

  49. Hi Tom,

    I just want to make sure if your team will still consider music that is not from the UK? I wish i could live in the UK to upload my music onto BBC Introducing. :/

    Take care.

    -Virtuo System

  50. Tom

    @VirtuoSystem We support interesting new music here at Fresh On The Net, regardless of where it comes from. If you submit a track here it will get heard, and if we like it we’ll definitely give it some blog love. This page is only about one specific BBC radio show and podcast, not about our general music policy at Fresh On The Net.

  51. Centre Excuse

    Hi Tom,
    Just wanted to say thanks for giving smaller UK artists the chance to have their voices heard, It really is appreciated and is such a rarity to find.

    I’ve uploaded my new track ‘Joy Joy Joy’ to the soundcloud DropBox and it’s up on BBC introducing, I hope you like it!

    Kind regards,

    Teddy Lewis
    - Centre Excuse

  52. Hi Tom! I’ve kept a close eye/ear on your show for ages and the work you do is staggering, it’s great to see the commitment you’re putting in for musicians everywhere. My band Seven Tors have taken the plunge and uploaded our song Dancing Feet for your consideration (as well as to the BBC uploader and so on) – we hope you enjoy it!

    Best regards
    Dave

  53. Laurence

    Hi there, as I couldn’t upload my track because it was already there, and I couldn’t share it (as I’ve shared it with other Soundcloud groups, I just “added” it to the group. Has it got there? It’s “In This Old Town I Spun Around” by Laurence Morgan. :)

  54. Hi Tom

    it’s so refreshing to see someone so committed to new music, i think it’s great how you’re so approachable and out to help every band. we’ve just uploaded our track to the Soundcloud drop box not sure if it’s worked so here’s the link http://www.soundcloud.com/the-assist/speak-it-aloud would love to know what you think. any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    regards

    Ryan Stanton / The Assist

  55. Hi Tom,
    I’ll make this very brief as I am aware this was not the intention of this comment forum. You have been a fan of Haiki and played her on your show a while back, she is getting great feedback from a brief radio promo last year on BBC Radio Devon and ILR on the south coast and also record company interest, this track is well received https://soundcloud.com/mixpe-tm/mixpe-tm-master-23rd-july and will be part of her forthcoming EP. We have uploaded as per your instruction and advice but heard nothing as yet.
    Keep up the good work, you are a pioneer.

    Phil

    PMX Music

  56. Tom

    Hi Phil – we haven’t received a track by Haiki at our inbox at Fresh On The Net at any point in the last six weeks. When you say you have “uploaded as per your instruction and advice” what was the URL you used for the upload?

  57. Hi Tom,

    HAIKI

    Thanks for your response, I did upload via the Dropbox link on the Fresh On The Net DropBox page but this was the end of last year (2013). I also uploaded the same track on BBC Introducing and received an upload notification but I have just checked the profile and it hasn’t been listened to so far. Do I upload again on Monday 22nd? (Fresh On The Net) and is there any other advice. We now have some record company interest so really pleased at the moment with progress.

    Kind Regards

    Phil Edwards
    PMX Music

  58. Hi Tom! Please listen to my track Statement of the Dangerous in the link below(that I’ve also uploaded to BBC introducing). I’m 18 and from Wales. I am a complete daydreamer and songwriting takes me to another place (usually to a place less damp). My influences are Oasis,Thin Lizzy, Neil Young, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. I would say that my music style varies greatly from Britpop, Country, Blues and 50′s-60′s inspired music. I have always been written off as ordinary so I believe now is my chance to do something extra-ordinary and prove everyone wrong. I understand that my recording isn’t the best quality, since I can’t afford to go to a recording studio and my technological skills are not advanced enough to do a home-recording. But if you give me a chance, I can show you that I’m capable of doing great things with music. Thank you for reading!
    https://soundcloud.com/dusty-silvers/dusty-silvers-statement-of-the

  59. Tom

    @DustySilvers Submitting a tune here between Monday afternoon and Thursday afternoon will make certain it gets heard by me personally. We receive 100-200 tunes a week and unfortunately it isn’t possible to give feedback on individual tracks. But I will listen to your tune – and if I really like it, I’ll play it. Simple as that.

  60. Hi Tom,

    Here is Thought Birds by Patrick Duff. Patrick will release this himself on 19th April 2014 as a 7″ coloured white vinyl with his talented friend from Aberdeen, Craig John Davidson on Side B.
    I hope you like this song as much as we do.
    https://soundcloud.com/patrick-duff-music/side-a-thought-birds-patrick
    Kind Regards,
    Nick

  61. Tom

    Hi Nick

    Am guessing you didn’t read this blog post before posting your comment, so here again are the salient points:

    If you want me to consider one of Patrick’s tunes for my BBC Introducing Mixtape, send it to our inbox here at Fresh On The Net any Monday to Thursday afternoon, where the whole team (including me) will listen to it. This is the 100% guaranteed way of getting a piece of music heard by me, and I see you’ve done this already.

    However you do also need to upload said tune to BBC Introducing as well as to this blog. Otherwise we can’t include it in the Introducing Mixtape which, as the name suggests, comes entirely from the BBC Introducing Uploader. No upload=no airplay

    Patrick Duff hasn’t uploaded any music at all to BBC Introducing in the last 9 months.

    Kind regards

    Tom

  62. Hi Tom,

    Thank you for your reply.
    Thought Birds By Patrick Duff, recorded outdoors, with no overdubs in the deepest throws of Dartmoor is on the BBC INTRODUCING UPLOADER & Fresh On The Net.

    Here is also a private sound cloud link.
    https://soundcloud.com/patrick-duff-music/side-a-thought-birds-patrick/s-ekp82
    Thanks for all you do Tom.

    Nick

  63. Hi Tom and the Crew!

    I just uploaded our new single ‘Ghosts’ but I may have typed the track title and band name in the wrong way around, do I need to upload it again?

    Thanks loads for your support Tom,

    AFTPC x

  64. Elena Ramona

    Hello, I was wondering if you could take a listen to my track ‘Addiction’ I tried to submit it to you a couple of weeks ago but not sure if you received it.

    Thank you

    Elena Ramona

    We didn’t receive it Elena. Have another go at submitting it via the link on our front page. The dropbox is open Monday afternoon to Thursday afternoon. It shouldn’t be too hard – 100-200 other artists seem to manage it every week. If you have still have difficulties, perhaps ask a technically competent friend to give you a hand?

  65. Hi Tom! Just wondering when do artists know whether they’ve got a slot on the listeners post?

  66. Tom

    Hi Dusty – the Listening Post goes public here at Fresh On The Net every Friday afternoon, and that’s when artists know they’re on it. For more about how the selection process works, see http://freshonthenet.co.uk/listening-to-the-inbox

  67. Blake

    Hi Tom,

    Wanted to introduce you to machineheart who are based out of LA. While we’re unable to load tunes to the music uploader due to Int’l postal code, we’ve uploaded two songs, “Circles” & “Another Me” to the Soundcloud uploader and think it will fit well with the BBC Radio brand. Let us know your thoughts and appreciate the listens.

    Best,

    Blake

  68. Hi there, everything is going finne here and ofcourse every one is sharing facts, that’s genuinely good, keep up writing.

  69. i have submitted a track for OneMillionShips focus release date starts may 29! i hope you enjoy it! the song is called #ISEEYOU

    OneMillionShips recalls a big sound with symphonic emotions, synths that embrace you,
    guitars that resolve in a melodic climax, textures
    and fundamental lyrics that are sure to affect a positive revolving emotion in the lives of people

  70. I uploaded to fress on the net sound cloud group. My apologies if the song went in more than once … having issues with my internet

    OneMillionShips – I SEE YOU

  71. Kelly McKrieth

    Hi Tom,

    Can I just say, it can be quite daunting as a solo artist putting your music up for all to hear and judge all over the internet! FOTN, gives you guidance, which is extremely informative and if you take the time to read everything on here, with its helpful links everywhere, it can give you the confidence and direction to help you along with what you’re trying to achieve – depends how driven you are! Can a song that you’ve uploaded still be considered for The BBC Introducing Mixtape even if it doesn’t make the listening post?
    Many thanks
    Kelly

  72. Hey Tom,

    You are doing an amazing job for unsigned artists! I have just uploaded our track to BBC intro and fresh on the net, but I’m not sure if you got it or not. If not it’s here

    https://soundcloud.com/extra-vibe/pretty-girls-shake-by-extra-vibe

    Cheers, Mark

  73. Hi Tom,
    Reading one of your replies above regarding “Thick Skin” and “If at first you don’t succeed” made me want to ask this question.
    I uploaded three tracks a few months ago to BBC introducing, they were listened to and that was that.
    I release my album and it gets reviewed by Jim Gellatly of XFM and he says ” it stands out from other releases”
    I knock doors and things like this are great.
    I found out about this site through your Musicians Union magazine interview and i instantly uploaded a track here.
    I see today that my track “Something So” has been listened to again by “BBC Introducing Mix Tape”

    May I ask if that is a positive sign or just a formality?

    Kindest regards,
    Billy Jeffrey Jnr.

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