The Wire talk all things Drowned City…

So Derek Walmsley over at The Wire wrote an article about Drowned City!! Have a read: CLICK HERE

Boiler Room’s Podcast

Fancy listening to some new music? Well, download some of Boiler Room’s free podcasts here: CLICK ME

I’m currently listening to the first podcast – (the Soundcloud link to the first podcast below)

With Terror Danjah, Bruza and Mz Bratt spinning and spitting over garage classics such as ‘I’m Sorry’ as well as slightly more recent releases such as PMoney’s ‘Speak in Slang Like Dis’, it’s a podcast you certainly want on your iPod.

BR #52 Terror Danjah (Ft. Bruza & Mz Bratt) by BOILER ROOM

Katy B on her beginnings on Rinse FM….

KATY B’s debut album went straight in at No 2 in the charts last week, but her career started on pirate radio. Artists with a background in Pirate Radio seem to be swarming the UK singles and album charts recently. From Wretch32 to Katy B, the UK’s pirate stars seem to be taking over the mainstream.

“I started going out when I was about 17, about the same time I met the guys from Rinse FM,” Katy B says, referring to the pirate radio station-cum-recording stable she’s now signed to. “Dubstep nights, funky house, MCs, whatever. I just love being with my mates, in front of a sick sound system, dancing to my favourite music. With my own music, I wanted to make something people can dance to, but I also love lyrics as well, so it has to be interesting for me as a writer too. I suppose I’m just describing my experiences.”

Before her chart success, Katy had lent her voice to a number of tracks over the four years, most notably with DJ Geeneus’ (of Rinse FM) ‘Good Life’ and Magnetic Man’s ‘Perfect Stranger’.

Katy B & Geeneus – Good Life (Innercity Cover) by Dewse

Geeneus & Katy B – As I by evangeliumbuch

11-katy b-perfect stranger by tiger2801

Boiler Room hosts Braiden live

Braiden – ‘Live From’ – Unknown To The Unknown at Last FM HQ from PLATFORM MAGAZINE on Vimeo.

Here is Braiden down at Boiler Room and spinning some sick tracks.

Braiden – ‘Live From’ – Unknown To The Unknown at Last FM HQ by BOILER ROOM

Katy B talks to Rolling Stone – ‘I didn’t think anything was gonna happen, but that ended up getting on pirate radio and that was really exciting.’

Taken from Rolling Stone, read the full article here

Joining the Scene: Katy B was a fan of dance music for years – “I grew up raving and clubbing,” she says – but it was only when a friend’s brother asked if she wanted to sing on one of his songs that she thought about producing it herself. “I didn’t think anything was gonna happen, but that ended up getting on pirate radio and that was really exciting. I just thought, why don’t I make this music?”

‘It’s a pity radio will never be the same – but its one of those things, cheerio!’ – Ringo Starr on Radio London (1967)

Here is an article dating back to August 15th 1967 about the first known pirate radio stations to face prosecution for broadcasting illegally. Titled ”Three pirate radio stations will walk the plank In Britain’, it reads how some of some of London’s teenagers demonstrated against the move for Radio London (Big 111) to come off air or face prosecution and that this would be the start of the end for pirate radio. Even Beatle, Ringo Starr called in during the final broadcast of Radio London, and said ‘It’s a pity radio will never be the same – but its one of those things, cheerio!’.

At London’s Liverpool Street Station, the teenagers demonstrated wearing black armbands and carrying banners proclaiming ‘Freedom went with Radio London!’ and stormed crush barriers to get to the train carrying the stations record spinners. With smashed windows, beads being snatched away from the neck of a disco jockey and disrupted train timetables; it doesn’t get more exciting than that! Little did they know, that this was only the beginning.

The article reads:

Matt Mason ex pirate radio DJ and author of ‘The Pirate’s Dilemma’

Matt Mason’s bestselling book ‘The Pirates’ Dilemma’ is about youth culture transforming underground scenes into global industries.

Mason began his career as a pirate radio and club DJ in London and he argues that from youth culture, and out on the edges of the mainstream, come the ideas that ultimately change the mainstream itself – whether it’s graffiti, piracy, hacking, open source culture or remixing. In the course of doing so he unravels some of our most basic assumptions about business and society and pinpoints trends to look out for in our future. Because right now, everyone, from the ceo of a mainstream company to a teenager wanting to start the next youth culture revolution, is struggling with a new dilemma: that we can all – companies and individuals alike – be ‘pirates’ now.

And as piracy increasingly changes the way we find, use and sell information, how should we respond? Do we fight pirates, or do we learn from them? Should piracy be treated as a problem, or a whole new solution?

Glory Days, Monopoly Broken…

Death of a Pirate: British Radio and the Making of the Information Age. By Adrian Johns. W.W. Norton

TO A modern music executive a pirate is a teenager who illicitly downloads music from a file-sharing website. But to someone who was a teenager in the 1960s it will represent radio buffs and DJs stuck on a rusty old ship, safely outside British territorial waters, broadcasting rock ’n’ roll to a country chafing under the government-sponsored monopoly of the BBC.

It is this “pirate radio” that is the subject of the latest book by Adrian Johns, a historian at the University of Chicago who specialises in intellectual property rights. The subject is not nearly as dry as it sounds. Mr Johns begins his book with a killing*: the 1966 shooting of Reg Calvert, a pirate-radio operator, by Oliver Smedley, an ex-army man and commercial rival. That provides the jumping-off point for a history of radio in Britain, from the founding of the BBC in 1922, with its patrician ambition to educate its listeners and its distaste for commerce and populism, through plans for a “wired” broadcasting system that is an early foretaste of the modern internet, to the emergence in the 1960s of the pirate ships broadcasting from international waters.
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