Cam­paign is aim­ing for top of the fes­tive charts

Stockport Times West - - PURE FM -

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

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