BBC Introducing was founded in 2007 as a way for new, independent & grassroots artists to bypass the record industry and get their music heard by BBC producers and DJs – without having to spend a fortune on pluggers, publicists or 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 Monday 02 Jan at 2.00am featuring a selection of my musical friends and all-time BBC Introducing favourites who – I feel – deserve a wider audience in 2017. This is the last set of tracklistings we’ll be hosting here at here at Fresh On the Net. From next Monday (9 January 2017) all tracklists and timing for the Introducing Mixtape will be posted every week at bbc.co.uk/blogs/introducing.
AUSTERITY – Glass House [starts 00:17]
ZOE KONEZ – Between Darkness And Day [starts 05:30]
SONS OF NOEL+ADRIAN – I Love You So Much… [starts 08:51]
THE HOUSE OF JED – I Eat Earthquakes Like You… [starts 14:10]
LEONHEART – Smash Up The Clocks [starts 17:59]
RUTH THEODORE – You Can’t Help Who You Love [starts 24:48]
HOPE & SOCIAL – Feel [starts 28:54]
GOLDEN FABLE – Burning Song [starts 33:05]
BEST BOY GRIP – Fukushima [starts 36:00]
SHAODOW – The Way Of Shao [starts 39:06]
MISHAPED PEARLS – The Hawk Moth [starts 43:41]
LUCA LUCIANO – Divertimento #11 [starts 48:02]
RAPHAEL DOYLE – I Come From Ireland [starts 52:04]
After being featured by BBC Introudcing or Fresh On The Net you may receive an email out of the blue from a PR company with a hugely impressive client list saying how much they like your music. Please be aware that this does not make you unique or special: many of your fellow artists will receive a similar email that week, and that the companies in question are simply trying to sell you their paid services.
However spending hundreds of pounds on engaging a professional radio promotion team is probably not be the best use of your money at this point.
There are hundreds of PR companies in the UK, nearly all of them have impressive client lists, and every single one of them would be happy to accept your money.
And if you do decide to pay for a PR company, don’t take their word for how good they are – get an independent recommendations from at least one of their clients – before you sign or agree to anything. Better still, 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.