Campaign is aiming for top of the festive charts
EVER since the Facebook campaign which saw Rage Against The Machine beat X Factor champion Joe McElderry to the Christmas Number One in 2009, there have been many similar bids on social media.
Chris Ridgway, presenter of indie show Supernova and Pure County on Stockport’s radio station Pure 107.8FM tells us about a Stockport-based campaign to get an unsigned record into the Christmas Charts. OVER the past few years there have been numerous campaigns to get certain records into the charts at Christmas.
Although one of the goals of this project is to achieve a music chart position for an unsigned band, achieving that glory is not the only driving force behind why we started out on this mission.
The control behind how the music industry works is changing.
Shows like X Factor are paraded and glorified and for those who aren’t avid music fans, they have become the way you keep up with new music. Just tune in on Saturday nights so you can join in conversations in work or social circles.
It is not our intention at all to come across anti-establishment.
This project intends to shine a light and promote those who are busting a gut in trying to build platforms for creative musicians, who can add flair, culture and personal style to our environment.
While X-Factor has its place as a source of light entertainment and there is no doubt there are some talented performers in the process; it is churning out what is essentially corporate karaoke.
We wanted to show recognition and appreciation for people that make music for enjoyment and as an art form.
Up and down the country, musicians spend their last coins, sweat and struggle carrying equipment and even strain personal relationships, to take to stages to do what they love.
Our Facebook page ‘Let’s Get an Unsigned Band into the Christmas Charts’ details how we are trying to provide exposure, with local band The Mantells taking on the challenge.
Their single, Men In Suits, is out on Sunday, December 7.
By buying it you will not only be supporting a campaign for musicians but you’ll own a cracking track too.
Highly experienced filmmaker Mike Staniforth is documenting our race against the TV, as we see just how realistic the length of one series is, in reaching the promised land of the music business.
The Mantells, whose single Men In Suits is out on Sunday, December 7