Edition 48: 30th September 2020: A blog by Neil March
Welcome to Edition 48 of Trust The Doc. Please visit and ‘like’ the Trust The Doc Facebook page and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. There was no edition on 31st August due to severe technical problems with WordPress. Even now these are far from fully rectified. Hence the text being messy as WordPress’s justify shortcut does not actually work!! But new music never sleeps and this is a show that must go on.
HOT NEWS: LIVE MUSIC BACK IN S.E. LONDON !!!!
We are BACK!!! After seven months of lockdown, Thursday 15th October sees the return of Trust The Doc Live @ The Amersham Arms, New Cross (opposite New Cross Station on National Rail & London Overground). The gig will take place under strict COVID 19 rules, all seated with table service, and tickets are £6.00 (using the above link). We have a fantastic line-up of Alt Rock, Indie and Epic Pop. Here’s the poster. Thanks once again to the amazing PaulFCook for the art and design work.
PART ONE: THE LAST TWO MONTHS IN BRIEF
August 2020 may have seen Fresh on the Net take a much-needed six-week break from moderating new tracks. But for Trust The Doc Media it was business as usual. Edition 7 of Trust The Doc TV landed in two parts (due to some technical issues) on our YouTube Channel at 8PM on Tuesday 4th August to a great reception and an even greater one seemed to greet Edition 8 on 18th August. Another two editions have landed since then with a range of fantastic live performances, videos and interviews including two live tracks from Tabitha Jade (pictured above and reviewed in the Urban Flavas Section). Check them out using the above link. Next one will be Edition 11 at 8PM on Tuesday 6th October with an unbelievable line-up.
August also saw the release of the Tiny Band in the middle of the Rainforestcompilation album. The album, released as a pay-what-you-like sampler on Bandcamp, sees all proceeds going to support child refugees fleeing wartorn West Papua. And I am privileged to have my Environmental Sound Foundation track Tibet from 2018’s Disunited Nations EP (originally featured on Tom Robinson’s Mixtape and Saturday Night shows on BBC Radio 6 Music) on the album. All the more so since it sits alongside tracks by some serious talents like Mulele Matondo; Birikiti’s Kitchen; Tigersonic; Montague-Armstrong; Bettina Schroeder and others. It’s a remarkable collection of music with a genuinely international cast so do check it out if you haven’t already done so.
September saw the return of Fresh on the Net and I had the privilege of writing the reviews of the first fresh faves of the new season. You can read them here. I also wrote an article for the platform about the current state of popular music radio in the UK, a precursor perhaps to my book on the history and evolution of popular music radio in the UK which will be published soon. You can read the article here
TRUST THE DOC RADIO SHOW
The Trust The Doc Radio Show is always inundated with new tracks these days! But I’m not complaining. September saw the total listeners to the podcast reach nearly 10,000, meaning it is now the second most listened to of all Exile FM‘s shows despite being just 8 months old. Not that it is a competition but it is a measure of the show’s popularity. Over 100 listen live every Saturday and many interact with me and with one another during the show. Another 400 listen to the podcast between live shows. Clearly New Music is more in demand than some would have us believe!
The show goes out at 5PM (UK/BST) every Saturday on Exile FM. I always play a mix of new and emerging artists, current tracks by more established artists and a few older tracks linked to specific features. It has also become a popular gathering point for a large chunk of the independent music community. There are messages and shout-outs throughout the show, a Track of the Week poll, other weekly features and plenty of banter.
The fact that I am being approached by more and bigger pluggers, PR companies, labels and agents looking for airplay for their artists is a good sign too. Hopefully the show’s reputation will continue to spread. The official listening figures certainly say that is exactly what is happening. It is a joy to present the show and interact with so many lovely fans and purveyors of cool new music. If you miss the live shows you always have 7 days to catch them here.
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