My first BBC Introducing: Fresh On The Net shows began on 6 Music in October 2007 and over the next four and a half years we gave national airplay to over ten thousand tracks by independent artists across a wide variety of genres.
In April this year Fresh On The Net moved online here as an independent music blog, while on 6 Music we launched its radio replacement, the BBC Introducing Mixtape: an hour-long programme rammed with new music that’s downloadable in full every week.
In those eight months we’ve given further exposure to another 600+ tracks by emerging artists (many of which I first heard when they were submitted here for our Fresh On The Net Listening Post) and this weekend I’ll be playing a selection of them on BBC Radio 6 Music.
There’s so much to love about so many of them that it was painful to whittle my favourites down to a manageable list. As a result we’ve ended up with three hoursworth to try and pack into my Saturday show this weekend, and a further hour of tunes you can download and keep in our end-of-year Mixtape.
If there’s any justice in the world, a good number of these bands and songwriters will break through to a wider audience in 2013 but, in a way, future fame is beside the point. Sales and media exposure depend on many factors that have nothing to do with music – starting with luck. Business backing and industry contacts may no longer be essential, but nevertheless some artists will always be better at marketing themselves than others. And – as we all know – those aren’t always the ones who make the most interesting music.
However everyone we’ll be playing this weekend will be worth following in the next year – in my opinion – simply because every one of them produces interesting work. Some might well be celebrities in the making – but most are simply driven by a mission to make their own uncompromising music and see where it leads.
Bear in mind too that we only have enough airtime to play a fraction of the creative talent we’ve enjoyed here in all its diverse glory – fast, furious, fun, funky, fuzzy, hifi, lofi, bleak, uplifting, oddball and tender – from sparse to fully orchestrated and all points in between. We hope you’ll subscribe to our RSS feed here at FOTN as well as the BBC Introducing Mixtape – and join us for more musical discoveries in the year ahead.
– Saturday night show tonight (29th December) on BBC 6 Music tonight at 9pm.
– The BBC Introducing Mixtape special on Sun night/Mon morning at 2am.
– Both shows will be available on BBC iPlayer for 7 days
– Full tracklist + download links from 3am Monday (31st December) here.