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Sending music to BBC Introducing

By Jacob Rickard
BBC Kent Introducing presenter

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The BBC Introducing Uploader allows you to submit your best tracks

So, you're a new band, or only just discovering the joy of BBC Kent Introducing, and want us to hear your music. How do you go about sending us your brilliant new tracks?

There are two ways in which you can send your music to us.

You can either use the new BBC Introducing Uploader, which automatically sends us your songs online, or you can post an audio CD. The easiest way to get us to hear your music is to upload your best songs or lead single in 320kbps 44100KHz MP3 format to the BBC Introducing Uploader. The Uploader automatically sends us your tracks, and also gives you the option of forwarding them to the national BBC Introducing shows on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6Music.

Why use the Uploader?

BBC Introducing website
Tell us all about you and your music via the Uploader

From our point of view we would prefer you send your tracks using the Uploader, for the following reasons:

  • We produce the show entirely using digital files. So in order to play your tracks on a CD, we'd have to rip the CD to the computer first.
  • It's easy for you to give us all the information we need. There's room for a biography and details of your influences. (Make sure you also tell us where you're from).
  • The Uploader limits you to three songs at a time. This is good for us because it means that we don't have so much music to listen through, and it forces you to send us your three strongest tracks (therefore making sure you come across well on the radio).
  • If you use the uploader, we don't need to contact you to find out where you're from. This is because artists are automatically sorted by postcode, so we'll see a little map of where you're from when your song arrives in our inbox.
  • In order to get your music heard by the masses, we sometimes like to share tracks with our sister shows on Radio Kent and across the BBC. Having your tracks in MP3 format gives us greater flexibility to do this.

Why send in a CD?

Having said that, it would be better to post an audio CD if you'd like us to have a copy of your whole album, or a compilation of several Kent musicians.

The postal address is:

BBC Kent Introducing, BBC Radio Kent, The Great Hall, Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ

When you send a CD, you must also print off and include the artist contract (link below) which gives us permission to play your music online and on air. Please also include details of your band and where in Kent you're from. Without the contract we can't broadcast your music.

We listen to all the music we get sent, so we'll make a judgement about the album as a whole, but it would definitely be helpful to recommend a track or two that you feel is your finest work.

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