April 15, 2013 16:46

'We're ignoring the best new music in the UK', says Steve Lamacq

DJ says the music industry needs to look outside of London more to find new talent

'We're ignoring the best new music in the UK', says Steve Lamacq

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Steve Lamacq has said that more needs to be done to promote homegrown new music, especially artists who live outside the capital.

The BBC Radio presenter, who last weekend celebrated 20 years as a DJ, says the music industry has a habit of bypassing British talent.

"I think we've had a bit of a history in Britain of ignoring our own music at times," he told The Independent. "It happened during grunge and again now. There is a weird fascination among some parts of the media with who's cool on the American blogs, at the expense of things on our own doorstep."

He added: "I think around places like Hull, Sheffield, York and further north, through Manchester and up to Scotland – I'm sure there are things going on, but the spotlight's not being shone there."

Lamacq, who currently hosts a weekday slot on BBC 6 Music as well as a Saturday morning show on Radio 2, says that more needs to be done to highlight new music around the UK. "You need the appetite to investigate what's going on around the country," he said. "I'm not a man to make predictions, but I would say – just in the same way Britpop was quite underground during 1993 – there's probably loads going on that we're not really seeing," he said.

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