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Vinejuice needs you this Christmas!

Vinejuice needs you this Christmas!

You’re invited to join them for a 24hr non-stop #CAROLATHON broadcasting live from Vinejuice Radio and on social media.

The initiative has been launched to raise money for vulnerable women and children escaping domestic violence, abuse, and prostitution.

On Friday 22nd December from 12 noon, Vinejuice will be streaming 24 hours of carol singing, challenges, and fun.

Their target is to raise £2,500 for a charity called Cherished Hearts that offers personal and practical support, ongoing friendship and mentoring to vulnerable women and children.

The charity will put the funds towards their plans to secure a property to provide shelter for these families.

You can support in the following ways:

  • Make a donation for Cherished Hearts at JustGiving.com (for donations of £50 or more you and/or your organisation will be recognised as an official sponsor during the broadcast)
  • Share the campaign with your friends, family and on social media
  • Donate your social following and join the Thunderclap campaign so we can get this thing trending on social media on Friday (22nd December).
  • If you do want to get involved get your skates on because for the Thunderclap campaign to go ahead they need at least 100 people
  • Details at http://thndr.me/klU5YE
  • And finally, tune in to the Carol-A-Thon and be ready to sing along on Vinejuice Radio, watch on Facebook or YouTube (subscribe to the YouTube channel and follow their Facebook page so you can be notified when they go live)

Every £1 you donate will make a HUGE difference and take the charity Cherished Hearts closer to their vision of buying a safe house for women fleeing life-threatening situations.

Great line-up

Expect to hear from (and see) the great and the good from the UK and international Gospel music scene passing through including (but not limited to):

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(Adapted from a supplied press release)

Why You (Still) Need Radio in Your Life – By Radio Station Owners (Part 2)

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Why You (Still) Need Radio in Your Life (By the People Who Should Know): Soulcure Radio

In an age where you completely control every aspect of your audio consumption experience, why do you still need music radio..?

I’ll be honest: before I started working in radio I had very little time for the medium.

These days we’re spoilt for choice, with options for free and paid download services, or audio streaming via any number of platforms, most of which are (for the moment at least), free.

So why in the world would anyone need music radio? Continue reading Why You (Still) Need Radio in Your Life – By Radio Station Owners (Part 2)

Why You (Still) Need Radio in Your Life – By Radio Station Owners (Part 1)

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Why You (Still) Need Radio in Your Life (By the People Who Should Know): Vinejuice Radio

In an age where you completely control every aspect of your audio consumption experience, why do you still need music radio..?

I’ll be honest: before I started working in radio I had very little time for the medium.

These days we’re spoilt for choice, with options for free and paid download services, or audio streaming via any number of platforms, most of which are (for the moment at least), free.

So why in the world would anyone need music radio? Continue reading Why You (Still) Need Radio in Your Life – By Radio Station Owners (Part 1)

Why You (Still) Need Radio in Your Life – By Radio Presenters (Part 1)

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In an age where you completely control every aspect of your audio consumption experience, why do you still need music radio..?

I’ll be honest: before I started working in radio I had very little time for the medium.

These days we’re spoilt for choice, with options for free and paid download services, or audio streaming via any number of platforms, most of which are (for the moment at least), free.  So why in the world would anyone need radio? Continue reading Why You (Still) Need Radio in Your Life – By Radio Presenters (Part 1)

Why You (Still) Need Radio in Your Life (By the People Who Should Know…)

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Think about it – in this age where you completely control every aspect of your audio consumption experience, why do you still need music radio..?

I’ll be honest: before I started working in radio I had very little time for the medium.

There was a perfectly valid reason for that, too: these days we’ve potentially got all the music we’ll ever need on demand. And chances are we’re not getting the vast majority of that selection via radio.

We’re completely spoilt for choice, with easy access to free (and paid) download services, and to media streaming via any number of platforms, most of which are (for the moment at least), also free.

Continue reading Why You (Still) Need Radio in Your Life (By the People Who Should Know…)

A Day in the Life: Selfies and Screenshots

17. Waterloo

It’s one of the questions most frequently asked of me:

‘How Do You Do It..?’

And almost two decades in, I still don’t have a clear answer beyond ‘I just do’.

The Day Job – And Then Some…

cropped-ukg_logo.jpgMy name is Yinka.

About 14 years ago I set up UKGospel.com, dedicated to supporting the amazing job that an incredible amount of people continue to deliver in this vibrant industry.

In addition to UKGospel.com, there’s the UKGospel.com blog (a completely separate entity), as well as the UKGospel social feeds (of which there are a fair few, but I’m most often on the platforms du jour Twitter and/or Facebook).

Like so many people with a highly specialist passion, I do it outside of – but in addition to – the day job.

Continue reading A Day in the Life: Selfies and Screenshots

How I Ended Up Creating an Amazing Music Video – For Free! (ish)

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Ever thought it was impossible to create a music video because you didn’t have much cash…?

This may help…

You may know that in addition to publishing UKGospel.com, I currently present a weekday breakfast radio show on Premier Gospel.  A couple of weekends ago I was looking for ways to create a short video to promote the show.

I’ve done lots of audio promos – that’s standard procedure for radio.  But I wanted to do more video, as the challenges around using video to promote radio are interesting on multiple levels.

Continue reading How I Ended Up Creating an Amazing Music Video – For Free! (ish)

The Dave P Interview – 28 Years in UK Gospel

So, I didn’t really realise the importance of this interview until I started the final prep for it this week

Dave P - muscles (photo by Isabelle Weerawardena)

After all, it’s only Dave.   I’ve been listening to the guy on radio for near enough 20 years.

For the first 5 or so years of that I was – like many people – a distant fan, listening to his popular radio shows with great music, industry news plus his bad jokes and wisecracks across all sorts of radio stations, mainly mainstream channels because back then our choice of gospel radio was severely limited.

Then it dawned on me: this is not just Dave, the man who over the years has become my mate, but someone who’s been in gospel radio for 28 years…

Pause and think: TWENTY EIGHT YEARS!  So many projects in UK gospel do not last 28 months.  Harsh but fair. And true.

Blunt

In that time I’ve seen many people with hugely impressive ideas and enthusiasm come and go, countless false starts for the expected (and promised) explosion of the UK gospel scene, and far too many deserving people give up because – let me be blunt here – this gospel path is a tough one to walk…

No-Holds-Barred Revelations

So how has Dave P lasted this long?  And while the photo is a fun above is a playful one, where does the strength to keep doing what he has for almost three decades come from?

And what’s his secret of fortitude in a sector where so many have (usually through no fault of their own) given up?

…And exactly how many feathers does he think his rather outspoken nature has actually ruffled over the years..?

Plus: what about those no-holds-barred revelations he keeps threatening he’ll reveal in this interview…?

Faith Jegede in Capital FM studiosJoin me and the immensely talented Faith Jegede (left) in what is likely to be one of her final interviews here in the UK (before the UK gospel scene loses one of its best new-generation media personalities to the US), as we speak to one of the UK gospel media industry’s most recognised figures!

Have You Got Any Questions For Dave?

Let me know what they are before 11:00 am 5 May 2013 by leaving a comment below, tweeting me at @UKGospel or sending an email to info at UKGospel dot com

Radio: BBC 2’s ‘Sunday Hour’ resumes with more ‘Gospel’

BBC Radio 2’s ‘Sunday Hour’ resumes with more ‘Gospel’ 

Diane Louise Jordan

On BBC Radio 2’s ‘The Sunday Hour’ Diane Louise Jordan plays spiritually uplifting and inspiring music through hymns, Gospel and choral classics. Each week the programme celebrates different aspects of the Christian faith through words, prayers as well as requests and dedications.

The sixty minute format comprises many of the traditions of Radio 2’s long running worship programme, Sunday Half Hour, with a few new features added.

The playlist includes the expected: recordings from Cathedral, Gospel and Male Voice Choirs, ensembles, solo artists as well as hymns and songs recorded specially for the programme and performed by top Gospel and Inspirational musicians.

  • Sunday Hour begins this Sunday, 20th January 2013 at 6:00 am on BBC Radio 2 (88 – 91 FM)

Pleasant Surprise

Anyone looking to explore this particular run of the series will be pleasantly surprised as some familiar names and music make a pleasant – if unexpected – appearance.

Listen out for Aaron T Aaron‘s ‘Double Double’ as well as other UK and international gospel acts spicing up BBC Radio 2’s Sunday evening output 🙂

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Top 5 Tips – Getting Your Music Played on Radio

Here’s a quick update from the ‘Top 5 Tips’ Series:

If you’ve ever wanted to know how to go about getting your music playlisted on a radio station, this might help.

Good Music

The first thing to bear in mind is that most presenter/DJs/stations are happy to support good music.

While the definition of ‘good’ will no doubt be highly subjective, bear in mind that it will almost certainly vary from station to station.

1. Try, Try… Try Again.

It might sound obvious but having your music turned down at one place doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try at another. Don’t get discouraged…

2. Reality Check

Whether you like it or not, your music is up against the likes of Yolanda Adams, Kirk Franklin, Muyiwa, Guvna B and other popular names. That’s why they’re popular: people like their music…

This might not be something you want to hear (especially if you’re an artist just trying to break through) but in a lot of respects, popularity is its own quality control.

To put it another way: if you’re a Hip-Hop artist you’ll always be measured against the likes of Eminem and Jay-Z (or whoever happens to be the touchstone for your sound). It’s a fact of life. Get used to it.

3. Reality Check – Part 2

You’ll need to make the very best music you can. And – again I’m going to be blunt here – your immediate circle of friends and supporters may not be your wisest choice of people to go to for objective feedback…

4. Be Prepared to Wait. And Then Wait Some More

Don’t despair if you don’t hear back from a person or station for a loooooong while – I mean a really long time. Sometimes – admittedly not very often – no news is good news. Earlier this year (possibly even last year) I came across a track by a Nigerian guy called Cute Sagay. The song was ‘Imela’.

I liked it a lot. So much so that I didn’t want it introduced to the station I played at (Premier Gospel) via just a playlist rotation, but as my show’s ‘Track of the Week’.  Fortunately, I had a say in making that happen. Sometimes presenters/DJs, etc. don’t have that option (see next Tip).

Cute would occasionally contact me to ask if I was doing anything with the song.  And even when I could sense frustration in his messages, he kept his touch and follow-up polite, light and friendly…

Conversely I’ve had artists who have told me in no uncertain terms what they thought of my lack of any feedback or support after a few weeks.

Guess which type of artist I respond to..?

5. Find The Gatekeeper(s)

The more established (and professional) a station, the higher the chances the playlist will be centrally coordinated and controlled. There may be an individual (or a team) curating the songs you hear on air. Typically they get to decide what songs get played and/or playlisted.

What that means: you’ll need to find out who the gatekeeper is (or are) as it may not necessarily be the DJ/presenter of the show you’d like your song played on.

Who’s in charge? Is there a panel? Perhaps the station manager or programme controller? A DJ/Presenter? Many stations tend to use one or a combination of these.

So the key point here: find out how the show and station you’re submitting your music to actually decides on what goes on air, and respond accordingly.

Bonus (1): …And the Gatekeeper likes what, exactly..?

Find out how the gatekeeper prefers to receive material:

  • File sharing website service?
  • Direct email (dedicated email, personal email, station email)?
  • Do they have their own ‘drop box’ option (like the BBC has for independent acts interested in submitting music to them)?

Bonus (2): Share the good news

Once your music been accepted, don’t forget to follow up: thank the gatekeeper and share the good news!

Bonus (3): Don’t leave the station to do the legwork for you.

Spread the word to your supporters and get them to tune in to the station, and request your song(s). The station will thank you for it!

Hope this helps!

Currently listening To…

Rachel Kerr – Kingdom Soldier remix ft Commission, Lola Godheld, Jay Ess, Faith ChildMatthew Allen and Guvna B (Rachel on Facebook)

Cute Sagay – Imela (Cute on Facebook)

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Photo: Pure’s ‘Jongo Lifestyle’ Radio