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Air(waves) Max


03 Wednesday 03rd March 2010

Tuesday's Red Bull Music Academy Diary is penned from within the walls of the Academy's dedicated radio studio. Red Bull Music Academy Radio is manned by a staff of thirteen and has its own website from which it disseminates a wealth of music, live shows, interviews and mixes. Karen Pearson is a producer and coordinator, Emma Warren hosts the NME show.

Radio is more work than it looks. Take today. It started off mellow enough, with the radio team going through the playlist for tonight's show on NME and opening up our ears to their playlist. Soon enough, we're juggling fifteen different things: Oi FM from Brazil were in the building (yes, they really are called Oi FM), prepping for the first edition of our new Brazilian RBMA show, being broadcast live from here this Wednesday; Kidkanevil was recording a special Tribute To Timbaland mix; and we welcomed two interns in from the Student Radio Association, who'll be helping out for the next two days before they're refreshed and replaced by another two from a variety of Uni radio stations nationwide. And that's not even mentioning the lecturer interviews we recorded.

Hot Chip's Joe Goddard came in after his couch lecture and played some of the music that influenced him (classic early '90s hip hop from Souls Of Mischief, Photek, and a Larry Levan-favoured gospel house classic from the Joubert Singers).

James Hillard from Horse Meat Disco made a special trip to the radio studio to record an interview about the Moodymann roller disco this Thursday – and gave us a potted history of gay London disco in a special miniature London Belongs To Me feature. He went back to his early days in music and selected the first release on Nuphonic, the label that gave him his first job, and a tune, Fly Life, that reminded him of meeting his Horse Meat partner Jim Stanton at a Basement Jaxx party in Brixton.

Next up was Big Dada signed rapper Ty. We recorded him talking about his new album and playing us a few bits. That took us up to teatime (chilli con carne, or chilli con beans for the veggies) and the recording of our daily show for NME Radio. We scooped up our favourite bits from their indie-facing playlists, including a lush and lovely Cocteau Twins-referencing tune from Twin Sister, and a mix-up of music from our corner including bits from LA beat grrl Tokimonsta, studio team member and multi-styled Detroit wizard Todd Osborn and a live mix from Tony Lionni. The latter was recorded at The Sub Club in Glasgow last weekend as part of our series of national taster sessions while the Academy's in the country.

The next fortnight's not going to get any quieter: we've got Ross Allen coming back in to do an inevitably south London-facing London Belongs To Me feature; Flying Lotus, The Golden Silvers and Krautrock dons Cluster in the studio and live mixes from all of the 30 gigs that are happening throughout the whole academy. Oh, and we're going out in 30 countries. Best get some sleep in then…

BONUS: Check the Daily NME Radio shows here

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