BBC Introducing was founded in 2007 as a way for new, independent & grassroots artists to bypass the record industry and get their music heard directly by BBC producers and DJs, without spending a fortune on pluggers, publicists or any other intermediaries.
Many hundreds of tunes a month get uploaded to Fresh On The Net and the BBC Introducing website and, whenever I hear something I particularly like, this is the show I play it on: our weekly mixtape featuring 60 minutes of the finest music you’ve never heard of: broadcast on BBC Radio 6 Music from 2-3am every Sunday night/Monday morning.
Each programme is also downloadable in podcast form at the BBC 6 Music downloads page for the following 30 days. All tracks are sourced from the BBC Introducing Uploader – some recommended to me by BBC colleagues while the rest are chosen from submissions to our Fresh On The Net inbox.
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These are the listings for the episode broadcast in the small hours of Boxing Day 2016 (Mon, 26 Dec) at 2.00am which consists of a cross-section of favourite tracks from the past 12 months. There will be another retrospective selection of favourites a week today (January 2nd), and then for the rest of 2017 the Mixtape tracklistings will be hosted on the BBC Introducing website itself and no longer mirrored here at Fresh On the Net.
HOT SAUCE PONY – Fenced In [starts 00:17]
THE HEMPOLICS – Me Love To Sing [starts 03:36]
JOY ATLAS – Drop Your Sword [starts 06:56]
RRYRRY – A Short History Of Davids [starts 10:02]
THE SLOW REVOLT – Lean [starts 13:25]
FIELD TRIP TO THE MOON – You [starts 17:32]
LUK – Movement [starts 19:38]
THE RAMISCO MAKIMAKI ROCKING HORSE – The 456 [starts 23:45]
THE LION’S SHARE – Tom Sandles [starts 24:55]
AFRO CLUSTER – We Don Land (radio edit) [starts 26:41]
BAD SOUNDS – Avalanche [starts 29:49]
LAIL ARAD – Milo [starts 33:16]
LA SALAMI – Going Mad As The Street Bins [starts 35:50]
ATLAS EYES – Laura [starts 39:36]
PLAYING HOUSE – New Haircut [starts 43:15]
ASTRALUNA – I Forget To Breathe [starts 46:18]
ZIEGLER CO – Tunnels [starts 49:17]
HUMOR – TLC (Figures) [starts 52:58]
TEN FÉ – Turn [starts 56:27]
GOLD SPECTACLES – Even [starts 1’00:41]
In the music industry, as in life, it’s best to treat unsolicited emails asking for money with extreme caution. You may hear from a PR company who have “worked with some of the most original and exciting artists in the UK” who “found you online and after having a listen would be interested in working with you”. Please be aware you haven’t been sent this because you are special – it’s a form email, regularly received by artists who appear on this blog – and it’s from a company who are trying to sell you their services.
There are literally hundreds of plugging and PR companies in the UK – many of whom have impressive lists of clients and who would be glad to have your business. You don’t neccessarily have to choose the first company that happens to get in touch with you. See our advice on Sending CDs to Radio and The Pros And Cons Of Pluggers – it’s possible you might not even need professional radio promotion at this point.
And if you do decide to pay for a PR company, don’t take their word for how good they are – get some personal recommendations from their clients. Before parting with your hard-earned cash why not email a few of the indie labels who regularly get their own artists on the radio – and ask which PR companies they use.