Stars tips to listen to your music

In 1975, Ed Sheeran, Wretch 32 and Florence + The machine all have something in common – each of them for her radio debut after the upload of songs to BBC Music.

The service – a UK-wide initiative for unsigned acts – 10 years old on Wednesday and celebrated with a massive gig at the O2 Academy in Brixton, South London.

The show featured some of the “BBC Introducing” – the famous alumni, including flowers, Declan McKenna and Nao.

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Flowers

Stockport indie-heroes flowers uploaded their first track to BBC Introducing “almost as soon as we, the band started” in August 2013.

You do not get immediately played, but struck gold in the year 2014 at the BBC Radio Manchester that the introduction of the card is out looking for your song Madeleine.

The song went on to be a bonus track on her self-titled, Mercury-nominated debut album.

Joe Donovan (drums): “you have a good name. Something to remember, and so hard, in Google, and easily. That’s really important.”

Tom Ogden (vocals, guitar): “it is Obvious, if the song is good, you get attention. But you have more than one? Do you like each other? Are you ready to drop everything else for the band?”

Charlie salt (guitar): “Are you a decent living as well? This is not a big part of it today – to sell the records.”

“I have the very first song my and was Black-and-porch – to “BBC Introducing” and I remember an E-Mail and said, “Someone listen to a song and be in contact with you soon'”, soul star Nao.

A former backing-singer Jarvis Cocker and Kwabs, you went to the collaboration with Disclosure and Mura Masa before the Start of her solo career in earnest last year.

Her debut album, For All We Know, earned her a Brit nomination for ” best British female and sampled on Stormzy’s debut album, gang signs, and prayer.

Nao: “I do not think there is any trick. If your not picked the first song, or your second, just keep putting music.

“Sometimes it happens quickly and sometimes it takes much longer. For me, it lasted for 14 years. I studied music, I was in an a capella group, I was a vocal coach, I sang in wedding bands, I was a background singer that I was any kind of singer, before I my favorite kind: me!

“So, if you have perseverance and patience, I promise you, you’ll make it.”

He just turned 18, but Declan McKenna has been making waves since he won the Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition three years ago.

The singer-songwriter, whose politically – and socially-won-motivated texts, has a legion of young fans, but also the support of the “BBC Introducing”.

He tells aspiring artists to be precious about the songs that you upload – because writers are always better.

Declan McKenna: “I’ve got a couple of demos when I was 14 or 15. Maybe two albums worth of songs out of my bedroom. Only one of them was re-recorded and ended up on my album. But that’s OK. You don’t need to go anywhere, they’re just little reminders.

“I spent so much time learning about what pleases me as an artist and to write how I like, songs. To write music is always about learning. Learning about the process, Or learning about yourself.”

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