I wish to strenuously protest the proposed closure of 6 Music. Just two weeks ago, the BBC Trust published a review of 6 Music which described the digital station as “distinctive and well-liked by its listeners”, so it does boggle the mind why the Trust would permit its closure. When one compares the cost of running the station to the extraordinary salaries paid to “celebrities” like Chris Moyles, it becomes even more incomprehensible. If the BBC’s remit is to provide quality programming which would otherwise not exist in a purely commercial environment, how can this be justified?
6 Music plays a wide range of music not heard elsewhere and introduces many listeners to music that is new to them – with a particularly strong emphasis on British talent. As a UK based independent label, such outlets are vital to our continued existence. We are operating in a niche which is not well served by other BBC stations or your commercial counterparts. The closure of the station would deprive many labels such of ourselves, and the talent they are struggling to develop, of any hope of reaching our audience – and would in my view be a staggering blow to the the health of the UK music industry. The UK has always been seen as an innovator and a proving ground for new music talent and trends and the effect on it is certainly something that the Trust must consider when contemplating the closure of 6 Music.
I am counting on the Trust to exhaust all other alternatives (such as reducing the salaries of Radio 1 “celebrity talent”) before concluding that the closure of 6 Music would benefit its license payers.
Southern Records is very pleased to be invited to host a venue at this year’s Camden Crawl. If you don’t know the Crawl, it’s an “urban festival” in London, spanning two days, 40 venues, and 200 bands, with a focus on new, cutting-edge music. And they have some “heritage acts” too (that means folks who are old enough to be your parents but still know how to rock out).
We’ll be hosting the Blues Kitchen on Sunday 2nd May. We don’t know what bands will be playing yet. The way it works is all of the venue hosts (fancy pants label folks and journalists mostly – but only the cool ones) get to nominate all their favourite bands. A HUGE LIST (like 400 pages long)(ok maybe only 6 pages long) is then compiled and all the hosts vote for the bands they want to go through. The bands with the most votes go to the top of the list and the Crawl starts phoning em! Eventually they end up with a list of bands that have been nominated, voted in, and who are available to play. Once that list is finalised, they lock all us hosts in a room with no food and water and we fight to the death for the bands we want to play our venue.
Our Christmas day was darkened by the passing of Mr. Vic Chesnutt, a very special person who brought much light into the world with his creative energy and unique and beautiful perspective on life. We were privileged to work with him for a few short years and we know the world is a less wonderful place without him.