New Introducing Mixtape Show

My new Introducing Mixtape show goes out on 6 Music at 2-3am tonight Easter Sunday night (technically Easter Monday morning) and will then immediately be downloadable from 3am on my BBC 6 Music Downloads page. And once they've appeared on the mixtape, some tracks will also stand get played the following weekend on my new Saturday night show. Now here's the thing: all the tracks…

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How to get signed

There are so many ways I want to start this that I am struggling of where to begin other than shouting five things at the same time whilst administering the type of slap that Obelix or Asterix might give a Roman. All labels vary but in my humble opinion... (it would be great to hear what others think on this too) First up, why do…

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Complexity vs Accessibility – Walking the line with Ninetails

Don't be deceived by their cute, retro-throwback name. Ninetails are not a band stuck in the past. Since arriving unannounced onto the Liverpool live circuit in October last year, Ed, Jordan, Phil and Jake have set about tearing up shows, turning heads and notching up some impressive support slots with the likes of Errors, Three Trapped Tigers and Dutch Uncles. More remarkable than their appearance…

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Fresh Faves Batch 1

In alphabetical order here are the ten-most-liked tracks from our first batch. There were a good many interesting artists to choose from and several I was sorry didn't make this list - including Glasgow's Dirty Keys and Bristol's Rock In Your Pocket - but hey, these are the ten tracks that the most people found the most appealing... ALVIN & LYLE – The Good Feeling…

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Twitter Feed/Apple Eyes

Calling Twitter users - in case it's of any interest, have started an account under the name freshnet for recommending new music. Just heard this astonishing f***ing genius pop song "Wild Beasts" by APPLE EYES myspace.com/appleiii and created a Twitter account so I could tell people about it without having to wait till next weekend's radio shows. Promise won't be any "just drank a cup…

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Does Your Music have Value?

This post was originally written as a comment on Andrew Dubber's New Music Strategies blog recently where he asked "Why give music away for free?" My work involves listening to a lot of new music by a lot of independent artists, who have wildly differing attitudes regarding the value of their own music. At one extreme some performers only feature short clips of their songs…

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