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We all do things that make us look a bit um… odd at one time or another and my most recent was playing the part of a musician for the pilot of a new radio show I’m making.
With that explanation you’d expect it to be a comedy but it isn’t – the show is a weekly look at new music in Jersey and playing tracks/interviews from local bands.
However, BBC local radio is traditionally aimed at people over 55 and Jersey is no exception – so, although many a local station has launched new music shows – including a podcast from Northamptons Weekender – boards are being tread lightly when it comes to something this different.
We’ve more or less been given the go ahead but we needed to make a pilot to prove the idea, to showcase some of the music we’ll be playing and to prove we can actually talk like human beings.
We’ve been told to put a rough cut pilot together without expending too many resources – so we did and one of our regular features is called I was, I am and I will be – where we ask a musician for a track he was inspired by, a track he wrote and a track he wished he wrote or would like to write one like.
This is where the being able to talk like human beings bit falls down.
We didn’t have a musician to hand so I played one – this was ALL improv done on the spot – Claire (asking questions) didn’t know how I would play it and I didn’t know what she would ask or what the name of my band would be.
Obviously this would never go to air – normally it would feature a Jersey musician talking to us about his musical tastes and playing the songs he puts forward – but I thought I’d share my moment of um… making a tit of myself with you.
Listen to me making a tit of myself (mp3) >>>
Oh and for non Brits – ASDA is Wal-Mart and George is their own brand clothing line.
And yes I know we didn’t really play the Teletubbies or Bob the Builder – we didn’t have either to hand when making the pilot.