Interview: Platronic

On first listen Pride by Platronic has all the great elements of a song you’d hear straight out of the 1980s. Big drums, synths and even a plinky plinky piano bit for the pre-chorus. The vocals are atmospheric and fly at you from all directions, and they are sampled so that it’s weaved in and out of the main track. Being a big 80s fan…

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Interview: Emma & Jolie

"I don’t need a man to sing my praises, hand me a mic tell me where the stage is”.  This is the standout line for me in an era where songs about people making a stand is needed. This song is the ultimate in girl power from country crossover duo Emma & Jolie: the harmonies are tight, the instrumentation is spot-on, with a banjo and…

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Save Sam and Rich at BBC Introducing in the West

After 10 years working together, the BBC is replacing Sam Bonham and Richard Pitt as hosts of BBC Introducing in the West. Sam and Rich expected to go back on air after a three months break because of Coronavirus, but local BBC management have said they want to use a new presenter from 11th July. They’re letting Sam go, but asking Rich to stay in…

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Interview: Bad Money

Birmingham-based duo Bad Money have released their single Ashes, a gorgeous slice of pop, with a bassline that’s really understated in the intro, but then you’ve got a nice guitar riff that comes in… One of my favourite things about this track is that it’s catchy. If I was to remix it myself (not a hint!) I’d have so much fun with the stems of…

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Interview: Cariss Auburn

Cariss Auburn is a melodic & soulful singer-songwriter and self-taught producer from Wolverhampton whose influences range from 80s funk and soul to 90s R&B. Previously long-listed in Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent Competition, Cariss has opened for soul legend Alexander O’Neal at The Jam House Birmingham and performed at various Sofar Sounds sessions across the UK. Cariss’s radio-friendly sound recently caught the attention of BBC London (Sunny &…

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Plugging & Promo For New Artists: A Few Do’s & Don’ts

In recent days I have been involved in some interesting discussions on social media concerning the subject of aspiring music artists using pluggers. This article is my attempt to shed some light on how artists (and also small labels, managers and others involved in an artist’s support structure) might choose to approach this topic. In my role as a producer and presenter of internet radio…

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