Interview: Ian Roland and The Subtown Set

You are a singer songwriter, how did it all begin for you? I started playing guitar in my earlier teens. It became a passion and a few years later I ended up as a “go-for” at Park Gate Recording Studios in Catsfield. There I met producer and arranger, Tim Cross (Mike Oldfield, The Adverts, TV Smith, Dana Gillespie, Doll-By-Doll, The Skids, Hall & Oates) and…

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Listening Post: Batch 378

Thanks to everyone who gave their time and expertise this weekend, picking their five favourites from the following list: BRAPURPLE - Flees (ft. Kwame Yesu) CATE FERRIS - Trick Of The Light CHLOË MARCH - To A Place DMP TUNES - Dark Planets ED ROME - The Stratford Equaliser ETAN - Duck Down HOOFA - Brother JEEN. - Anything You Want JODIE NICHOLSON - Move…

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John Peel: Demos & Donts

Extract from the autobiography Margrave Of The Marshes by John Peel with members of his family... "Disposing of the demos is just about the most depressing aspect of what we'll laughingly call 'my work.' They come, in the main, to the BBC address and from all over the world. There was one from Peru in ysterday's mail here at home. A few weeks ago, in…

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The Existential Threat to the Future of Radio may be a Little Exaggerated

If I had a pound for every time I have heard others present a dystopian vision of popular music radio in steep decline thanks to digital technology… well it would certainly pay for a good night out! The argument goes that the advent of streaming platforms with both curated and automated playlists, young people accessing music via their phones and tablets and the continuing advances…

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Fresh On The Net Meets Bethan Elfyn

Bethan Elfyn is a Welsh broadcaster who has been an influential supporter and advocate for Welsh music for more than two decades. She currently presents the Saturday evening show BBC Radio Wales, plus her own show on Amazing Radio and oversees the Horizons/Gorwelion programme supporting new and emerging musicians from across Wales. Thanks for talking to us Bethan - by way of an obvious opening question,…

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Fresh On The Net Meets Vic Galloway

Vic Galloway is amongst many things, a published author, BBC Scotland and BBC 6 Music DJ, member of Check Masses and all-round lovely human being. OK Vic, standard icebreaker chat but let us know your first musical loves in the form of singles bought and first album please? Initially I was obsessed with 50s rock'n'roll, mainly coming from my Dad's collection and the music of…

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