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.
Picture to come
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
Have a great Sunday whatever you get up to!
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!
Bye for now,
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:
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’s Gangster 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.
Speak to y’all later
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!