Hamza: Yoooo, Hamza here, no one likes a long intro so ill keep short and sweet. I currently run my own radio show and have been building up this brand for the last 5 years. Were most known for our grime freestyle videos on Youtube but span over Soundcloud, Blogs etc as well. I’m also a rapper in the upcoming hip hop collective Lucid Drift so love all creative aspects of music + the organisational and editing side of things. I’ll be working on Mistajam’s show + with the visualisation team so watch this space because there’s BIG THINGS TO COME!!
Jaguar: Yo, I’m Jaguar (like the cat not the car), a student at Leeds uni. I didn’t realise how intense my love for radio was until I joined Student Radio last year and began presenting and producing my own show: Dangerous Jag.I’ll be working on Gemma Cairney’s and Sarah-Jane Crawford’s shows on R1 and 1Xtra and CANNOT WAIT! Currently loving life with these guys at R1 - although in this photo we do resemble some cringey 90’s band…
Jilly: I’m Jilly, I’m from Belfast and I’ve just finished my second year of English at Uni. It has to be said, as summer jobs go, interning at R1 seems a pretty sweet deal…
Ore:Why hello there, My name is Ore (Yes, it is spelled like that famous biscuit brand lols.) Right, let’s get the boring stuff out of the way; I’m 18 years old, I blog for various websites, I do a bit of presenting, I’ve literally just finished College and I’ve somehow managed to blag myself this job at Radio 1 and 1Xtra. Music is life, I literally heart music and I’m incredibly passionate about Radio! For the next 2 months I’m working here and you can follow my journey on this Tumblr! (Don’t we look a little bit like Liberty X? HOOOOOOOOOOOOO *Ala Scott Mills*)
So this is it! The Take it On Scheme has come to an end for us today. We just had our goodbye donuts which were both really yummy and really sad.
These last two weeks I have been with the marketing team, although a lot of my time has been taken up by my Newsbeat research project and all the crying I’ve been doing, realising it’s the imminent end of the 8 weeks.
It’s been an amazing experience, one that I probably should have documented better on this tumblr than I have. Luckily the Jo’s have been much better.
Good luck to all those who apply to be in the next group!
Hi Everyone, Intern Joanne here. This is my last week – last day – with the very cool music team, selecting the future tunes that you’ll be listening to. And what the future holds for me, I don’t know. But what I do know is I’ve had a fantastic, amazing 8 weeks.
If you are going to do this internship my one piece of advice is to be keen, ask, ask and don’t stop asking. Big ups to all the teams, everyone is so friendly.
I cannot believe today is my last day and my last post.
I’ll be finishing off this week working on Sarah Jane’s show which has been a blast and I’ve learnt a lot from working with the Assistant Producer and Producer and it has been a great show to finish on.
Also myself and the other interns have been working on a little video project that we were set which we all filmed and I finished editing today, even though it was a short project it was a lot of fun and took me back to my Uni days.
I just wanted to say a big Thank You to the BBC and the Take It On Scheme, this whole opportunity has been a fantastic experience and something I will never forget. From the moment I got here till this very last day I’ve had a blast. I have learnt so much and had a chance to experience lots of new things. I would recommend anyone interested in media and radio to check out the internship and apply! Trust me you’ll love it!
Something rather funny happened the other day, I was simply sat in the office finishing off some work when I was summoned to one of the studios for a surprise… find out why on BBC iPlayer Charlie Sloth 10/03/14 (last hour)
So it is my last week here at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra which is a really sad thought but has been a fantastic experience. So I have been spending my time working on Sarah Jane’s show and with the whole team which has been great and I have been able to put together everything I’ve learnt throughout my time here, working alongside the Assistant Producer and Producer on this show and other shows has been a real eye opener for me, being a Producer is possible something I’d like to aim for but it’s still early days.
Ohh and yes last week I presented my research project to all the big bosses and phew I survived ha! No but in all honesty it was a lot of fun and a brilliant opportunity to feedback to the people who can make things happen. They all seemed really pleased with my pitch and in fact I was asked to take my research to the department that was currently working on the website, so I’ve literally just come back from that meeting and again I was able to give some insights and thoughts on the project as well as having a sneak peak as to what they have so far.
So it’s nearing the end but the fun doesn’t stop. Coming up myself and the other interns will be pitching our research and findings to Ben Cooper and other big bosses, quite scary really but in case I haven’t told you, myself and my fellow Interns were set a research brief at the start of our internship, each of us were given a question which we took and conducted weeks of research on and gathered lots of findings and insights which we get to pitch to the big bosses and hopefully give them some ideas which could be utilised within the BBC. Don’t get me wrong though, “weeks of research” isn’t as bad as it seems basically it involves talking to lots of people including your friends and family and collecting their thoughts and ideas, so yes I’ve quite enjoyed it. I hope Mr Cooper does too!
But as well I’ve been able to record some of the Voice Overs/ Beds for International Women’s Day so watch out for those on shows like Sarah Jane Crawford, Adele Roberts, Sian Anderson and Jamz Supernova on Friday and Saturday. Also I’ve been working alongside one of the other interns to help schedule the shows and track listings for International Women’s Day.
………….and…. yes more… I am going to be working on my last show here which will be Sarah Jane Crawford which is very exciting! I’ll be helping out the Producer and Assistant Producer and working alongside the Team Assistants. So I’ll come back with another post soon!
So I’ve just finished a week working on the specialist shows where I got to understand the world of pre-recorded shows or ‘Pre-Rec’ if you’re in the bizz ha! Very different to live shows I must admit but still just as much fun and in all honestly you can relax just a tad more because if something goes wrong… No worries you can just record it again. I got to watch Friction at work and yes it’s true he really is the master of Drum and Bass!!
But now I embark on my week working on Access All Areas with the Impact and Development Teams. Not sure exactly what I’ll be doing as of yet but it’s all about letting are audiences get that step closer to what we do here at Radio 1 & 1Xtra, so far we have had ‘U Control the DJ’ and ‘George the Poet’ and coming up it’s ‘BBC Studio Time’. I’ll be back with another post soon to let you know what I’ve been up to….
So here we are the brand new, shiny, all singing all dancing interns of 2014.
So… My name is Jo I’m 22 and from Manchester, yes I’ve had to move down to the scary London Town although it’s not been very scary yet in fact I’m really enjoying London, especially how often the buses come (Thumbs up)
I am here at the BBC as an intern for the Take It On Scheme for Radio 1 and 1Xtra so i’ll be tracking my time here for all to see, unfortunately this week is Health and Safety crazy so don’t expect to much this week.
Hi everyone, Katie here checking in again after another belter week as a Take It On intern. I’ve been with the interactive department all week and it has been brilliant to see how they put together and make so many things digitally, online and beyond for Radio 1 & 1Xtra. Even things that i’d never really thought so much about before such as the website homepage and everything presented on it, that’s down to them and that insight into how making that all happen has been fab. Furthermore, the team have specifically got me focused on the R1 Dance platforms, in particular what do I think is working and what isn’t plus researching similar outlets and coming up with my own ideas as to what I think they should do. I’m so passionate about music and LOVE dance and how the current industry is thriving so this is pretty much a perfect task for me to be doing!
If you aren’t doing so already, get following and liking over at @R1Dance on Twitter and https://www.facebook.com/R1DanceMusic on Facebook - all aboard! In terms of how Friday nights go, I feel it’s going to be a very very long time until I beat my Friday spent live in the studio with two heroes of mine.. Annie Mac and Pete Tong! To see how two champions of their field put together such famous and loved shows with such passion for what they’re doing and playing was very inspiring for me! I still feel like I may have dreamt it, speaking to Annie (who may be one of the nicest people I’ve ever met) about my hometown, new tunes and just general girly chat was a lot of fun! Not to mention the music played by both DJs; a dance fans heaven right there. Massive props and a big thanks to Producer and Assistant Producer Sam Bailey and Clair Gill for having me!
Got another big week ahead, me and my lovely Russell & David are busy working on a number of other really exciting things which we’ll tell you about next week! How is it going to be Week 6 already? Time flies when you’re living the dream. Also, as David has told you, Miley Cyrus was in this week and proved to be good fun and actually smashed the Live Lounge. Just stop texting me maybe now Miley yeah? No I will NOT go out twerking with you, jeez some of us have to work.
The mighty BBC Playlister has also now launched, meaning that we all can now get more from the music we love. Heard a track you’ve loved across a BBC platform? Playlister helps you keep record of what you’ve heard and don’t want to forget, provides recommendations from your favourite DJs as to what they’re checking out and allows you to simply export your playlist to the music device of your choice - easy! Find out more here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/playlister
Fearne, Live Lounge and the Girl Who Likes To Twerk!
It was only my second day working on Fearne’s Radio 1 show but already I was destined to meet one of the biggest names in music. Yes, that’s right, Hannah Montana herself, a.k.a Miley Cyrus was about to come for her first live lounge experience.
I knew the day was a bit special as soon as I touched down at New Broadcasting House. There were a good 200 ‘smilers’ (that’s the term for Miley’s fans… no I don’t get the name either!) waiting outside for the ‘wrecking ball’ singer; apparently some were waiting from as early as 5:30am. Now that is taking dedication to whole new levels.
As I walked into the studio to meet Fearne and her production team it was a monumental struggle trying not to trip over any electrical wiring placed by the 200+ crew member setting up the live lounge area. Okay, 200+ is an exaggeration but there were people and objects everywhere! Everyone was going Miley mad!
I have seen the crew set up a few live lounges these past 5 weeks but nothing came close to the amount of work put into Miley’s performance. There were more instruments on show than I could possibly name and trust me, I tried!
To my surprise Fearne’s production team were very relaxed. They have seen loads, and I mean LOADS, of artists come through those doors to do a live lounge, so they are very experienced. Fearne was at a desk prepping notes for the interview before saying Hi to Grimmy and the nation at 9:50 am. Producer James and Assistant producer Anna were going through the music scheduling, informing the world via social media about the show and setting up the studio.
The first two hours of the show went smoothly and everyone was getting more excited. We even had Annie Mac and Grimmy join us in the studio to discuss the live lounge as well as a general catch-up with Fearne. As news was gathering that Miley had entered the building it was time to get everything in order. Camera positions were set, Mics were adjusted, notes were prepped.
As it is my first week with Fearne’s team I was mainly shadowing Chris and Anna, helping them with any little tasks along the way. However, this also means knowing when to make as little fuss as possible and letting them do their jobs.
12pm came and so did Miley to do an interview with Fearne. I must say, whatever people think about the 20 year old, she came across as very sweet, humorous and intelligent in the interview. Credit to Fearne and the team for making Miley feel so comfortable and relaxed. She felt so comfortable that she even danced to a 2 chainz record that played after the interview whilst telling us stories about the U.S rapper.
During the live lounge Miley gave a heartfelt rendition of ‘wrecking Ball’ as well as covering the Lana Del Ray hit ‘Summertime Madness’. The ‘Summertime Madness’ cover has surpassed 1 million views on Youtube and it has only been one day since the performance!
After all the chaos Miley went to do some interviews with Newsbeat and spoke to a half naked Greg James on a wrecking ball, I’m sure Miley will be remembering that interview for a long time.
There are several things I learnt about live lounges and from this experience. The crew dedicated to setting up the live lounge area deserve A LOT of credit, it is not an easy job and with different demands from different artists every-week their role cannot be taken for granted.
Fearne and her production team demonstrated a masterclass in how to react and prepare for such big artists. They were very relaxed and handled any potential difficulties head on without any fuss. Knowing how to cope with changing circumstances is also vital for the role of a producer. Some producers may have told Annie and Grimmy to stay outside and not interfere with the live broadcast; however, James used them to hype up the live lounge and added interaction with Fearne, which made for great radio.
On a final note, it was very interesting seeing how an artist deals with the pressure’s of performing and giving interviews. Contrary to public opinion, Miley was very helpful, had time for anyone who wanted something from her, very interactive with Fearne (and Grimmy!) and most importantly, gave two fantastic live performances.
Next week I will be updating you on my daily tasks as well as info on the next two live lounge performances!
I was trying to think of a nice snappy title for my blog-post like Katie and Russel but alas, I failed and went for simplicity.
So yes, my two weeks with Mistajam and his team has sadly came to an end but I cannot be more grateful for the wonderful experience I’ve had with them.
I have learnt invaluable skills the past two weeks whilst doing several tasks, including:
Scheduling the day’s music output
Marking Mix’s sent by labels and Djs
Researching for Hip Hop month features
editing ‘JamHot’s’ using Star Track editing software
compiling track-lisitings and taking pictures of guests / Daily Dose sets
Recording JamHot features with artists
During the first week we welcomed the lovely Ella Eyre into the studio. Ella has featured on both Naughty Boy / Rudimental releases the past year and is destined for a bright future. I hope her new single Deeper turns out to be a hit, I’m sure you will enjoy it.
Later on that week we then welcomed a host of MCs for the Show ‘N’ Prove Daily Dose mix, which included the likes of The Rascals, Smiler, G FrSh, Benny Banks, Amplify Dot and Big Narstie. As a Grime fan I particularly enjoyed this set and it was a real education seeing how such a hectic set is produced professionally, kudos to Janine and Ian!
The next week saw the beginning of 1xtra’s Hip Hop and a pre-recorded hour set with U.K Hip Hop legend Rodney P. Many critics still regard London Posse’sGangster Chronicle as the best Hip Hop album made in the U.K, so it was an amazing experience witnessing Rodney P spit some of his old skool lyrics.
However the big guests did not stop there. We had Tinie Tempah make an appearance, going through each track on his 2nd album Demonstration. Both Tinie, Mistajam and the listeners loved this format, something we will hopefully see more of on Radio 1 & 1xtra for big album releases.
The fortnight ended with another U.K Hip Hop daily dose mix, this time mixed by Mistajam himself with a mixture of Grime and rap artists including: Bashy, Sway, Akala, G FrSh and Lunar C .
It’s been a great 2 weeks working with Mistajam and his team; I will be leaving the 1xtra side of the office, jumping ship to R1 the next fortnight to work with Ferne Cotton and her team , I will keep you all posted.
Hello everyone, Katie here again - hope you had a great weekend and are enjoying our posts on this. Another amazing week for me and the guys at the mighty new Broadcasting House. I had the pleasure again of spending my week with Scott Mills and his team, literally never a dull moment! From creating the daily podcast again to coming up with Real Or No Reals to sorting your wonderful sent in Innuendo Bingos (my personal fav this week has to be ‘I just tripped over my truncheon’) to discussing the Tinder app and my lack of luck on air, it’s been a lot of fun!
Kingsland Road and lovely comedian Chris Ramsey called in this week for a spot of Innuendo Bingo in the studio, yes I know what an awful selection of lads to have to spend time with.. someone has to do it!
I’ve learnt new skills, worked hard and laughed even harder alongside Scott, Chris and co this past fortnight I’ve truly enjoyed myself so much. It’s hard to describe the atmosphere and buzz around the Radio 1 & 1Xtra 8th floor, there is a passion and love of music seeping from every desk and the array of people you bump into day to day is seriously surreal, can I stay here forever please Ben Cooper? Even just to red out the bins and clean the toliets? (hint hint) CHEERS!
Us lucky interns got to go to the annual Student Radio Awards at London’s 02 arena on Thursday, massive congratulations to everyone nominated and especially those who won! I love to see people who are ambitious and excited about something and that’s exactly what that room was full of.
This week I’m joining the Interactive department which I can’t wait to get stuck in with. They’re in charge of all the social and digital aspects to Radio 1 & 1Xtra, i’ll be getting the chance to pay particular attention to the R1 Dance page and platforms which is so up my street it’s silly. This Friday night I’m shadowing a hero of mine, Queen Annie Mac! To get to see how her show is put together and watch the raving unfold in person is a massive deal for me. I’m getting to hang around after to help out with Pete Tong who after moving stateside, is back to do his show live from R1 HQ this Friday evening - potentially best Friday ever?
Look forward to sharing a few more tales with you next week, have a good one! Raving or behaving - RAVING!
Hi Hi all! #InternRussell here checking in with you about all the happenings here at Radio 1/1Xtra!
For the last two weeks I’ve been working with the team working on the radio side of the Teen Awards. It is also the team who work on the weekend shows, including The Official Chart Show, Huw Stephens among many others!
So the first week was quite hectic, getting scripts and running orders finalised and perfect all in prep for the big day on Sunday. There was also a special broadcast on Saturday when during Matt Edmondson’s show and Huw Stephens’ show, Teen Award hosts and performers would co-host the show with them on Radio 1 for an hour each. So there was Little Mix, The Vamps, Conor Maynard, Tinie Tempah, James Arthur and Rizzle Kicks all in and out of the Radio 1 studios.
Hi everyone, Katie here with a quick catch up on what I’ve been up to over the past week and what a week it’s been!
Since last Monday I’ve had the absolute pleasure of joining Scott Mills and his team and I can happily confirm that Scott & co are as lovely and hilarious as you would hope. From sourcing them a 99p Store to film in with a couple of Russian billionaires (no biggie) to editing the daily podcast and clipping up and listening to many a silly Innuendo Bingo entry, it’s been busy but seriously fun. Heroes of the week include Alice Levine for being a top sport and playing Halloween Innuendo Bingo and getting completely drenched in the dark and Chris Stark for waking up post our evening at the 'Meet The Russians' insane penthouse with big baller Zahoor’s actual mobile number! If you missed it, please give this a watch and enjoy what a brilliantly silly day I was part off, Kamaliya and Zahoor are superb - http://youtu.be/4I0tvx2WFkk #veryfamousinukraine
As a listener, I never appreciated how much time and effort goes into creating a show as continuously strong and popular as Scott’s on and off air so it’s been a real education and I’m loving that experience.
As Sundays go, today was a gem finishing of a belter of a week at Radio 1 via their Teen Awards at Wembley Arena which featured performances from the likes of Rizzle Kicks, Fall Out Boy and Tinie Tempah (swoon). Massive props to everyone involved and congratulations to the teen heroes awarded, so rightfully deserved.
I begin another week as part of The Scott Mills show tomorrow which I’m pumped for and us interns have got The Student Radio Awards this Thursday night, get your shirts ironed boys waaaay! We’re also working on something really special and can’t wait to share that with you all. Hope you enjoy my snaps from the week to, many a good time had!
Oh hi everyone - I’ve just got back from T in the Park. This involved getting a car, a plane, a bus, a train, a tube and then my own feet - that’s pretty much every mode of transport, right? Maybe I should have hopped on a bike just to complete the set.
Anyway, that’s enough about transport. I had an amazing time in Scotland with the BBC Introducing and Live Events teams.
For the whole weekend Rob Adcock (presenter of the BBC Introducing show in Staffordshire) and I put together interviews with each band playing on the BBC Introducing stage at T in the Park. I filmed as we chatted to the bands and heard about their journeys through the Introducing uploader to a stage at a major UK festival. Pretty good stuff.
We were constantly busy watching bands, tracking them down after their set, finding good locations to shoot, and then uploading all of our footage for it to be edited together this week for various Introducing packages and local shows.
All at the same I was able to observe all the production processes behind the BBC Introducing stage run by the fab Lyndsey Boggis. The production was flawless; every change over was smooth. Throughout the weekend I was fascinated by the sheer scale of what had to be organised and how well it had been done.
So there were a lot of acts on the Introducing stage over the weekend, and you should take a peek at them all HERE. It’s definitely worth a browse. In fact, I’ll give you a few of my favourites…
Story Books - a lovely band from Introducing in Kent.
Roman Nose - a mask wearing, tech-electro group supported by Introducing in Scotland. Their performance is pretty special.
Model Aeroplanes - a scarily young band with a good look from Dundee who I’m sure are destined for big things.
Baby Strange - Glaswegian band who look as if they’ve travelled forward in time a few years with a definite punk vibe.
La Fontaines - you’ve gotta watch just for their performance headlining on the Sunday night.
So, BBC Introducing was a big success and I can’t wait to see the results of all of my work later this week.
Apart from working we did manage to see a few performances on all the other stages. My absolute favourite major act was Kraftwerk. I was VERY excited their 3D show on the Friday night and when I got into the tent there wasn’t one bit of me that was disappointed. It was an incredible show, and the 3D really, really worked. The crowd at Latitude next week are going to be impressed. Definitely try and check it out if there are any videos out there.
One last thing:
I’ve put together a photo diary for Phil & Alice’s show (below) and will be talking to them tonight about my experience of T in the Park at 10.45 - so tune in!
So earlier this week I received a request to help out with MistaJam’s Daily Dose live. I agreed, of course, and what went down that night was simply epic. It’s one thing to listen to MistaJam’s show with all these guests performing live but to actually be in the SAME ROOM as them whilst they are prepping themselves, chilling and then to go on to perform is something else. My role that night was to collect the artists and their entourage from reception and bring them to the Live Lounge where they would wait for their turn to enter the mighty studio of MistaJam. I was also tasked with running the Facebook interaction, which is updating the 1Xtra account with statuses about that night’s on goings. Around 9pm was when I had to start collecting the guests. They consisted ofProfessor Green, C4, Sinead Harnett, Little Nikki & Zoe Kypri.
When I had finished collecting all the artists, the ambience in the Live Lounge was crazy what with each artist bringing their entourage along and MistaJam playing the liveliest music imaginable. I also got to tweet from the 1Xta account, LOOK FOR MY TWEET: “Daily Dose live from 9pm with live performances @professorgreen, @OoRITE_C4, @KCATmusic, @SineadHarnett, @LittleNikkiSays @ZoeKypri #1XJAM”. Wicked!!
Loads of people were tweeting in for shout outs also with the hashtag #1XJAM, and as this was being streamed live I had to work fast to ensure their favourite artists held up a sign with their twitter handles on; a silent shout out for the listeners that were viewing.
I have to add that there were times when I in concentration mode; working and listening in on the show from outside the studio; listening to brilliant melodies and vocals only to look up and see the likes of Sinead Harnett and Zoe Kypri performing their hit songs LIVE. You know when you go to a concert and hear your favourite artist sing live and they sound so different from the record you love? This was definitely not the case for these talented lovely ladies, I’m still in awe.
As the night slowly came to an end, I sat back and reflected on what had just occurred in front of me, the experience I had been given and the fun I had. The words that kept floating in my head on the cab journey back (courtesy of the BBC by the way!!) were: Grateful, Milestone, Wow, Striving, Achievements, Future, Crazy, Potential and a few others along those lines. I’ll leave it up to you to figure out my thoughts. Until next time…
On air with Phil Taggart / GLASTO / Recording Station Sound
So, since my last update…
Last week I was on air EVERY DAY at 11.30 with Phil Taggart and our listener phone caller Ryan playing Curveball. Considering I didn’t think I’d be getting any on air experiences, this was tons of fun. It took me back to doing student radio and how brilliant it is to just be ‘on air’.
Also during that week I did a lot of audio editing, Tweeting and Facebooking for the show, sorting out the release dates for lots of new music so that the tracklistings on each show can be structured in the right way, researching acts, and LISTENING. This hands on listening aspect to working on Phil & Alice was amazing. Assistant Producer Mel and I took a bunch of CDs into a plugger room with proper speakers, listened, discussed what we thought and ordered the priority of each single. To be able to see how the production team on a specialist team operates in order to choose exactly the right music was a really great experience.
Oh AND, last week Crystal Fighters were in the Live Lounge peforming their song You & I as well as a cover of Rudimental. Dressed in glittery tops and brandishing Spanish wooden instruments, they were great.
Then, as you will all definitely know, it was Glastonbury. Towards the end of the week people started to leave to go on site. I managed to get a shift over the weekend working on the digital hub that was BBC Centre House in White City. Just working as part of the huge operation that Glastonbury 2013 has been was very exciting. I worked on the Live Blog on the Sunday evening/night shift pulling in hundreds of social actions across the webisphere. We drew from the tweets, Instagram images etc. of people at Glastonbury and those watching/listening from the comfort of their own homes to create that sidebar you will have seen on the Glastonbury home page. It was a live feed of everything that you need to know, rolling all day, every day. So to be part of that was great, and something I didn’t imagine I’d be doing when I started here a few weeks ago.
And ON TOP OF THAT, I was asked to record some stuff for station sound at the begnining of this week. (Station sound being the things you hear in the middle of shows saying ‘YOU’RE LISTENING TO…RADIO 1’. I had to record for the Surgery with Aled on Sunday nights, saying things like ‘This is Radio 1’… ‘You’re listening to the Surgery with Aled and Dr Radha’. They’re all going to be used on Sunday apparently - so listen out!
Right, that’s it for now. I’m back with Live Events until the end of next week in the run up to T In The Park. And I do actually get to go to the festival which is very exciting.
Definitely going to have a lot to update about after then.
It has been such a busy two weeks for me that I’ve completely forgot to update you all on what has been happening!! I’ve been working on DJ Targets shows for the past week and the atmosphere is like nothing else I have experienced. I’m usually used to accompanying the guest to a radio station but being on the other side; writing up the schedule, researching about guests that are coming in and little things like interacting with the listeners was a whole new experience for me and I’ve loved every minute of it. I come in on my days off just to be nosey!! Being on Targets also show came with a bit of déjà vu for all of us involved as I told them that I had previously visited them accompanying an artist they had booked in.
So during this week Emily, Targets producer, assigned me to create a montage of previous songs that were currently available to download on the BBC 1Xtra homepage as part of the 100% Homegrown section. The software I was using was quite easy for me to get to grips with as it was very similar to the program I use back home for visual editing purposes. Whilst doing the montage of the songs I quickly learned that there was no right or wrong way of editing & mixing audio together: my producer had her preference whilst my Assistant Producer had his.
It’s quite weird but my most prized moments have been the build-up to each show; preparing documents, verbal’s and montages and seeing all our hard work come together live on-air via the man himself, DJ Target.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this week and wish to be back in that environment very, very soon.
So this week I started a two week stint with the lovely Phil & Alice and their wonderful producers. It’s been pretty jampacked so far.
I’ve been loading in songs for the playlist, researching possible guests, setting up the schedule where all the music is played out of, getting texts/tweets together for Phil & Alice to read out during the show… and I’ve even been playing a bit of Curveball [read more later…].
A massive learning process for me has been finding out and being part of all the production processes that go into a BBC Radio show from the inside after doing work experiences at independent production companies over the past year. Seeing how everything comes together in the studio and observing how the team decide the order and tone of the show has been very, very interesting.
But apart from learning so much about production, being able to watch performances and interviews with this week’s incredible guests has been great. On Monday it was the turn of Peace to do a Live Lounge Late and they surpassed all my expectations. Their song ‘Lovesick’ (which they performed) has been a definite grower for me and reminds me a bit of the simplicity of the Californian band Best Coast. But beyond that their cover of Disclosure’s ‘White Noise’ was an amazing, amazing achievement. It wasn’t even exactly a cover; it was more of a mash-up. As soon as the bassline kicked we knew the Beegees were in the mix; then there was a bit of Stevie Wonder; and THEN Pink Floyd. Check out the video below.
On Tuesday Surfer Blood were in the studio talking about their new album ‘Pythons’ (well worth a listen - like a lovely mixture of Pixies, The Strokes & Best Coast).
But topping the week so far has to be French DJs C2C. They were in for a live mix last night doing some, what they call, TURNTABLISM. This basically is them mixing live with a bit of added choreography and it was brilliant. Actually one of the best ‘things’ I’ve ever seen. Apart from the fact that I love their music, there’s much more to them than just listening, which is why the Visualisation Team made this video…
So overall it’s been a pretty massive week for me.
And tonight, as mentioned above, I’ll be making my Radio 1 debut playing Curveball with Phil & Alice. Make sure you get onto Facebook and Twitter and have a guess along…
Sitting in on Greg James where we got to select callers for the Going Home Song as well as meeting the lovely team behind the show
Creativity and Insight training with the amazing Alex Dalton to ready ourselves for many a brainstorming session with the show teams we will be working with in the next eight weeks.
Radio 1 Playlist Meeting - where the songs that come through your speakers get selected…
R1&1X Editorials - where everyone shares the content of their shows for the coming week
STUDIO TRAINING [[amazing - more details below]]
And, erm, just having the Queen pop round. Completely standard at the BBC.
Ok so let’s recap on the first week I spent at Radio 1 & 1xtra. It consisted of constant deja vu on my behalf, everywhere I went through the building I had some sort of recognition of individuals that I could have sworn I’ve seen before. It wasn’t until I actually sat down and thought about it hard that I realised: hang on of course I’ve seen these people before, I’m at the BBC, they are televised EVERYWHERE. Silly me…
My first day had me sorting out my login details and going on a tour of the offices and studios I would be working at for the next eight weeks. Every corner I turned, I could see collages of previous special guests that had visited plastered onto windows and walls in such a spectacular fashion. These included people from the likes of Professor Green to Adele.
It was definitely a lot to take in and if that wasn’t enough, myself & Millie got to actually sit in on Greg James’ show and even help select lucky callers to feature on the Going Home Song. Everyone from the Producer, AP and Greg were great to be around and helped explain exactly what they were doing behind the scenes. Might I add, Laura is VERY funny.
A highlight of my week was sitting in on the Radio 1 playlist meeting. It was nothing like I had expected and to be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. The meeting was to update the current playlist for Radio 1 for the next week onwards. This is done by a representative of every show discussing each track and what they like about said track one after the other. So what you’re hearing on the radio now is what was played in the meeting. Wicked. I also got to meet my mentor Rob, who has already given me tonnes of advice that won’t be falling upon deaf ears. He’s a great guy & I feel that he can definitely relate to my concerns if I have any over the course of my time here.
The last two days consisted of Studio Training in Nick Grimshaw’s studio (let’s hope he doesn’t find out). We got to practice using the various equipment inside by ourselves which was great, everything was hands-on and it was an experience like no other. Flipping through tracks and BBC idents to suit the mood of my own imaginary show!!
There have been SO many highlights so far. Even just walking round a corner in the office and seeing a famous face is enough… BUT, if I had to pick – it’s the Radio 1 Playlist Meeting and Studio Training.
So the Playlist Meeting is where the songs that are played on Radio 1 get chosen. It involves meeting a representative from every show on the network, listening to A LOT of music on huge speakers and then discussing each track in depth. We didn’t just speak about what we thought about the track but what stats it already has online, where it would sound good on the schedule, and, most importantly, what the AUDIENCE wants from the choices that Radio 1 makes. There’s not much else to say other than being in the Playlist Meeting really got the heart of why Radio 1 and 1Xtra are so important to not only the music industry but also the young audience that they strive to get listening on a daily basis. The music that’s played on the airwaves isn’t just a repeat of what might be in the chart but a reflection on new artists, new sounds and what us young’uns want to hear.
And I can’t finish talking about my highlights from the week without talking about all the studio training we’ve had. Today, after all the excitement of the Queen, we went in the studio for the whole afternoon to learn how to drive the desk. This was BRILLIANT. Coming from a student radio background I called up all my knowledge of DJ’ing at university and applied it to a Radio 1 studio. The equipment they have is incredible, but even though there’s a lot of technical wizardry going on the desk is still simple to use once you get the hang of it. We practiced links, switching between tracks and idents, connecting up a phone into the studio, and did a bit of dancing about. All of this motivated me massively to continue to practice in the studio and take presenting forward after all the student media I did, as well as learn a lot from all the productions teams at Radio 1 and 1Xtra.
Oh hi everyone - I’m Millie. Over the next couple of months I’m going to be all over Radio 1 & 1Xtra and blogging about it for you here. First up I’m at Rock Week, before joining Phil & Alice in the legendary John Peel slot. After that I’m at BBC Introducing where I’ll be going all the way to T in the Park with the Live Events team… and THEN onto Scott Mills where I’m hoping I’ll experience Innuendo Bingo LIVE. The whole process is amazing, but I really can’t wait to learn how to drive the desk in a Radio 1/1Xtra studio, get some invaluable presenting advice and continue all the experiences I’ve had in student and professional radio and television so far. So thanks for reading here and stay tuned for more updates.
Hey guys, its Reuben here, you’ll be seeing loads from me over the next two months as I take you on my journey across Radio 1 & 1xtra (Hashtag winning). I specialise (self-proclaimed) in video production and will be getting deep into the visualisation aspect of the shows I’ll be working on. Expect to see loads of pictures of behind the scenes of random things that fascinate me. I think I’m the only one, but I’m really excited to have the chance to work on the 1xtra Breakfast Show, which will include me getting to the Broadcasting House at 5am… YES 5AM in the morning. I’m also definitely looking forward to working on the Official Chart Show!!
There is a lot to pull off in a week, but we have every confidence that we will!
Aled and Leanne have been so great at working with us to put our big ideas into reality- something that 4 creative but new-to-the-business kids forget to do sometimes!
Just out of a brain storm session. I have found that these work in a great way- one huge burst of super fast scribbling, everyone getting louder and more excited, ideas churning and churning and then………… crash. They are SO productive and so simple to do, and don’t take long cause you crash so quickly, your brain goes into overdrive!
We are splitting our show into 3 sections, 45mins, 30mins then 45mins. The middle is taken care off. Trust me!! What we have been working on today is filling the first and last sections. As our presenters are such wicked personalities and goes with out saying professionals, it would be very unnecessary for us to script for them- almost patronising to these legends! (If you didn’t catch our launch trail this morning, im talking about Grimmy, Toddla T and Charlie Sloth!!!)
So, what we are going to do instead is give them a prompt list with suggestions from: how to sabbotage their opponents shows and tamper the flawless musical rep of these selectors, to letting us into whats going to come up in their fight for the title!! We may even tip off a few plans of a few djs to the others… to throw ultimate fuel on the fire!
We are so excited, lock in 27/02/13 7-9pm and back your dj!!!
KAE: THE INTERN TAKEOVER, THE FUTURE OF RADIO. THE TRAIL
Now if you didn’t hear the trail go out this morning on the breakfast show at 7.45am here it is, a lot of work went into this and I was very proud with the outcome, we still had to re-do more of the voices to sound like normal people! lol!
Big thank you to Patrick who helped make the trail possible he edited it all and mixed it and it sounds amazing. The best trail that we could have hoped for aaaaaaaand it’s as amazing as the show will be.
Here’s myself and Patrick below when he was mixing it, listen in!!!!
I was in charge of getting a trail ready for this show of ours. I enlisted the help of Patrick, who creates all the trails for R1 and 1xtra.
Script writing then getting others to look over it and about 500 re-drafts later I had a script that worked and everyone agreed with! As the interns we all recorded our bits, there’s just a few people left to record there’s which I’ll chase up tomorrow ;).
Patrick will then have it ready for you guys to HOPEFULLY hear on Thursday. Yezzzzzzzzzir.
Tomorrow I’ll be working with the Review show so be ready for me on your airwaves YEAAAAAAAAH.
(OH the vlogging will still take place when i’m not as tired as I am now)