BBC 6music DJ and champion of new music, Steve Lamacq, celebrated 20 years on the radio station with a stinging attack on the music media and music industry – claiming that more needs to be done to promote homegrown new music, especially artists who live outside the capital.
“I think we’ve had a bit of a history in Britain of ignoring our own music at times,” he told The Independent. “It happened during grunge and again now. There is a weird fascination among some parts of the media with who’s cool on the American blogs, at the expense of things on our own doorstep. I think around places like Hull, Sheffield, York and further north, through Manchester and up to Scotland – I’m sure there are things going on, but the spotlight’s not being shone there.”
Steve pinpointed the feeling amongst many that have that there is a certain sector of music that is heavily favoured by the media with, what is termed by some, ‘journo rock’ – a sub genre of hip bands and blog bands favoured by the music media but roundly ignored by everyone else.
Steve, who has always been the champion of upcoming music and is the first port of call for many bands because he still remains enthusiastic to this day added, “You need the appetite to investigate what’s going on around the country,” he said. “I’m not a man to make predictions, but I would say – just in the same way Britpop was quite underground during 1993 – there’s probably loads going on that we’re not really seeing,”
Is he right?
Is the media to Londoncentric?
Are music writers only concerned with hipster bands?