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!
Fancy some lighthearted entertainment this Tuesday evening? Of course you do! Check out these stunning portraits we created of each other last week as part of a warm-up exercise on our Creative Training course via The BBC Academy. Only small catch with these Van Gogh inspired pieces is that we were not allowed to look at the page when we were drawing.. Banksy who?
Us interns are loving every minute, from sitting in on the playlist meetings (mindblowing) to getting studio and writing for radio training and advice from the likes of the lovely Aled Haydn Jones, it’s been an education and a pleasure.
Busy week ahead for us, already featuring idea after idea mixed in with superb chat and fun. We look forward to sharing more with you as the week goes on.
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…
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.