Northampton music champion to join Huw Stephens’ Radio 1 show this week

Jo Burns and Lal Muttock pictured in the Market Square ahead of last year's Northampton Music Festival.
Jo Burns and Lal Muttock pictured in the Market Square ahead of last year's Northampton Music Festival.

A radio DJ who has spent four years championing new music in Northamptonshire is set to appear on BBC Radio 1 this week.

Lal Muttock, aged 38, presents the weekly Introducing show on BBC Radio Northampton.

For three days this week he will join Huw Stephens to talk about the county’s music scene and play tracks from some of Northamptonshire’s best talent.

Mr Muttock said: “This is a great opportunity to showcase the amazing music scene we have here in Northamptonshire, which I feel is stronger than ever with bands like Temples from Kettering having world-wide success at the moment and Northampton band OH Boy! recording a Maida Vale Session for Radio 1 only this week.

“Nationally, Northamptonshire has mostly been judged as a back water area to play in recent years, but that no longer is the case and flying the flag for the county on national radio will hopefully prove how great things are here.”

BBC radio stations across the country have a regular Introducing shows which help promote unsigned bands, singers and songwriters by providing them local exposure and also a platform for national airplay. Introducing also has regular stages at national festivals.

Lal will join Huw Stephens on his BBC Radio 1 show at Broadcasting House in London tonight, tomorrow and Wednesday at 10pm.

He said: “I was asked by the Radio 1 team to choose six tracks from our areas hottest talent, and trust me it was a very difficult process.

“I will also be joined by three experts on the Northamptonshire music scene to give their own personal insight into the great work that goes on here.”

Mr Muttock took over presenting BBC Radio Northampton’s Introducing show in 2011.

He started off as an unpaid contributor on the Northants Urban music scene in 2010 taking over the show from Natasha House a year later.

In that time, he has helped dozens of bands gain national exposure.

This year, some of the acts to appear on the show which have gone onto receive national exposure have included Northampton singer songwriter Jay Brown who signed to Turn First Records, (home to Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora and Conner Maynard), Billy Lockett and Temples.

Mr Muttock said: “I’m guessing our biggest success lies with Billy Lockett this year.

“Billy has had a brilliant year, selling out two headline tours and supporting stars like Lana Del Ray and Birdy, hitting number 30 in the ITunes charts and number one in the singer songwriter charts.

“BBC Introducing has supported Billy’s career from day one and I hope 2015 will be a brilliant year for him.”

BBC Northampton’s Introducing show is on Saturdays at 8pm.

For more information visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p010j8y5