Discovering great new acts

By Lindsay Gillies

You couldn’t get a much better job than listening to new music, deciding what you like then playing it on Vic Galloway’s show on BBC Radio Scotland. If we could do one thing more often it would be to take the show on the road – which is why we’re making our way to the XpoNorth creative industries festival.

Typically we broadcast the show from studios on the banks of the Clyde in Glasgow at 9pm on a Monday night; there are often session guests, interviews and use social media to bring our listeners into the conversation. When we do take the show out of the studio we like to go to as many areas as we can to play our part in reflecting the music scene across Scotland, which is why we’re grabbing the opportunity to go to Inverness.

We’re bringing three live acts and putting together a discussion to add our contribution to Scotland’s leading creative industries festival – recording at Eden Court. Moreover, we’ll be experiencing the festival as members of the public too – for Vic, that’s essential: “During the day the panels, seminars, talks and workshops are always extremely useful, and the night-time live music showcase time-table keeps me on my toes as I dart from venue to venue around central Inverness.”

XpoNorth 2017:  The Vic Galloway show on BBC Radio Scotland, Thursday 8 June – . Eden Court, Inverness.

Vic’s show is the bedrock of BBC Music Introducing in Scotland; we broadcast music which artists have uploaded directly to the BBC Music Introducing website. It couldn’t be simpler – you upload it and we listen to it – and then hopefully play it on the show. We’re also in the position to offer sessions too – not only do we get great content for our programme but the musicians gain experience in recording a session at the BBC with professional sound engineers.

To put that experience in context, there are over 180,000 artists registered with BBC Music Introducing; 15 artists have had 20 number 1 albums, 13 artists have had 33 top 10 singles and seven Introducing artists have won 11 BRIT Awards. Hopefully one of the Scottish artists we see over the two days of XpoNorth or who appear on our bill will be the next Introducing artist to pick up a Brit Award. Vic himself has high hopes: “I’m delighted to be returning with my weekly BBC Radio Scotland show to help shine a light on artists who may well develop into stars of the near future, with the support of BBC Music Introducing.”

As important to us as the musicians who we play on the show are the people who listen to it, without them we’re nothing. We’re lucky to get this opportunity to bring the programme to our listeners, to include them in our discussion about the place of BBC Music Introducing in Scotland. I’ll leave the last word on that with Vic: “XpoNorth has become a superb annual event and initiative and I’m lucky to have attended every year since it started; it continues to help me discover a range of brand new acts and confirm my interest in others.”

Lindsay Gillies is producer of The Vic Galloway show on BBC Radio Scotland.