Back on the bike with the first burst of spring sunshine. Being the proverbial boy about town. Up to Chelsea to deliver an i-Pod. Down to Dalston searching for the perfect beat. Home again, hitching a lift in the slip of someone stronger and more used to this life. Wrapped up in the music. Making the show. Moving and making. All the rest is noise.
Discussing the possible demise of 6Music, in my eyes a great example of public service broadcasting at it’s best – serving a passionate, large minority audience (music lovers) who will never get a similar service from the commercial sector, or from the less music focussed, more mainstream Radios 1 and 2 (music stations for people who don’t really like music, specialist shows excepted).
It feels like the directors at the BBC don’t understand anything that isn’t hugely populist. Oh yes, and it’s cheap too. Head boy Thompson was defending BBC 3 on Newsnight, saying it was innovative and useful. Newsnight was followed by an ad for new BBC3 show, Undercover Princesses, a follow up so called reality TV show to yes, you guessed it, Undercover Princes, where ‘royalty’ from round the world come to England to interface with the working class natives. Now that’s what I call a waste of money.
And this is the harsh bit. I’ve just been to see The XX with Micky, and we’ve been chatting about 6Music. And we both moaned, and then admitted that neither of us actually listen to it. And we should. We are the target audience. So, still sticking to the points I have made, I think there is something wrong with the station. It’s too earnest, too train-spottery, too anorak and cardigan and slippers when it needs to be more hoodie and Harrington and sparkly heels. That’s not to say young, or flash, but perhaps a little more exciting and excited. A little less post-post-ironic Northern.
So perhaps the whole 6Music debate will be a positive, an opportunity to make something better, more modern, something that we actually want to listen to, something that gives us what we want when we want it.
Maybe something a bit like Mixcloud with more resources?
This one will run and run.