Nix’s Banter: Honouring those in the name of new music
Today would have been six years since John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, better known as John Peel passed away. For those of you who look quizically at the name, I’ll give you a crash course in a couple of lines. For those of you who who are only too familiar with his story will agree that he made his mark and left a legacy that many underground DJ’s, writers and bands aspire to. Doing, finding and being something new and original.
John Peel worked for BBC radio, broadcasting regularly from 1967, until his death in 2004. He had a mishmash music taste playing everything from rock to punk, dance to reggae, death metal to hip hop. He was a man who loved his music and championed many new artists. His shows regularly featured tracks from random bands and individuals.
In the radio/press industry, it’s easy to plump for the big guns in return for hits or listeners. But to stick with integrity, do something new, dare to be different – are all things that are risky business. It’s very easy to be lost in a myriad of the group of acts farmed out by a PR agency or major label so it’s very important that there is a little bit of us, curious to find the new stuff.
This is something that I love about the guys who write and contribute for Pure Rawk. Also, the amazing people who go out time after time – not only to the gigs we’ve put on – but would be the ‘one man and his dog’ act in a dingy bar on a Tuesday night to see the band he/she thought deserves to make it.
John Peel ‘trended’ today on Twitter with the hashtag #keepingitpeel. I think you should do that too.
However, if you really want to commemorate John Peel properly, you can do it every day. Seek out some music today that you’ve never heard before.