(NCS supporter and occasional contributor Grant Skelton is looking for help… )
Fellow NCS Comrades –
I was recently brought on board with Local X Radio, a station here in my hometown of Memphis, TN. I run the station’s metal format, Metal X, which airs a show each Monday from 7pm – 9pm CST. Our April 20th show featured music from No Clean Singing alumni Beyond Grace (“Omega Point”) and Godless Angel (“Containment Breach In Sector 6”). With Islander’s permission, I wanted to tell you a little about this opportunity and my vision for it.
Hosting a metal radio show has been a dream of mine for more years than I’d like to admit. I initially contacted the station back in November (ironically, right around the same time I began contributing to this lovely website). Fast-forward to February. Evidently my email had been lost in the cyberbowels (if Austin Weber can make up words, I can too) of the Internet. Alas, it was rescued and my query was answered. After a couple of initial meetings, the station manager offered me a chance to make a dream into a reality. I have carte blanche when it comes to Metal X. But this isn’t just about me playing what I want. It needs to be about something more than that.
To that end, with the aid of this site, I am launching an open call for submissions for airplay. All genres are welcome: thrash, death, black, grind, power, viking/folk, doom/sludge/stoner, and all points in between. However rare, unsigned, obscure, underground, eccentric, or elitist it may be. It’s all welcome. As long as I can fit it into a 2-hour show, it’s fair game. Feel free to circulate this article among your local/regional scenes. Local X has international listeners as well, so if you’re not in the US, please do not exclude yourself! International submissions are very welcome! See the email address at the end of this article for more details.
This isn’t just another streaming music service. It’s a real radio show made by a fan for fans. Musicians pay a heavy financial investment on the front end of their careers, especially if they want to record. And there’s no guarantee that they will break even, let alone make a profit. I want for fans to be able to sample music that they love and then easily find where to purchase it. Metal fans are a zealous lot, and our dollars control this industry that we love so much. It is equal parts art and business. Metal is a legitimate art form. It requires skill, passion, talent and an investment of time. It involves practice, practice, practice, practice and then still more practice. It is a creative outlet, an emotionally therapeutic catharsis, a transcendental experience. But it’s also work. And people who work deserve to get paid.
That’s my aim for Metal X. To give listeners samples of music that they then go and buy. If musicians make money, they keep making music. If they don’t, they quit making music. And that just sucks. Thanks for reading.
P.S. I’ve been corresponding with Noel Mueller of Grimoire Records about doing a special showcase on that label, featuring various bands from its roster. Expect more on that soon.
Send music/mp3s/Bandcamp download codes to me, Grant, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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