BBC Radio 1 has long supported new dance artists – and have chosen up-and-coming dance collective Animal Music to be part of their huge Ibiza event, R1 Dance Radio.

It’s a huge honour for Animal Music, and recognises the hard work the band have put in whilst they have blended their mix of raucous live shows and heavy dance beats into one frenetic aesthetic.

And recognition of the breadth of new talent on Manchester’s MUK record label comes in the shape of labelmates MDNGHT being asked to do a 15-minute guest mix within Animal Music’s slot.

They will be DJing in between Radio 1’s infamous Dance Anthems show and Hospital Records’ takeover – a highly prestigious two-hour slot.


There are a host of huge names DJing across the week-long, 24-hour-a-day event, including Annie Mac, Pete Tong, Defected Records, Resident Advisor and Food Music.

R1 Dance Radio is deserved front-and-centre attention for Animal Music and it be the focus of the Radio 1 homepage for the whole week – check out the full schedule here!

Jack Robert Hardman ‘Famous’

Impact date: 13:02:2012

22-year-old Jack Robert Hardman writes and records his own brand of quirky pop music from his home studio in Ascot, UK. His intention of pushing the boundaries of production each time he records a new track has certainly been realised. You may have heard how, in the summer of 2011, Jack made his track ‘Sorry to George’ available as a free download. It attracted great excitement and interest from the blogosphere, being described as ‘dangerously addictive’ and ‘fantastically appealing’ by Eclectically Challengedsupport from radio came from John Kennedy (Xfm) and the BBC’s Tom Robinson , Huw Stephens and his local BBC Introducing presenter Linda Serck. See Music Week The Tastemakers below.

‘Famous’ is the first official single and is set for release through Pleasant Pursuits / Essential Music and Marketing. An acoustic blend of distinctive vocals and folk guitar melodies, the track’s intelligent juxtaposition of simple musical style with a lyrically complex theme showcases Hardman’s creative sensitivity at its best. The song tells of a youth’s insatiable desire to make something of their life, without any real plan on how to do it. In Hardman’s words “Famous captures the blissful naivety of youth that leads us to believe we can achieve anything.” You can check out the video below.


BBC Introducing Masterclass:

Jack has been invited to the prestigious BBC Introducing Masterclass 2012 on Thursday 19th January at legendary Abbey Road and Maida Vale Recording Studios. In attendance will be; Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Wretch 32, Magnetic Man, Maverick Sabre, Jamie Cullum, Frank Turner, Brian Higgins (Xenomania), high profile music industry professionals and BBC Radio DJs:  Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq, Tom Robinson, Jo Whiley, Rob Da Bank, Pete Tong, Tim Westwood, Ally McCrae, Daniel P Carter and Jen Long.

Music Week: The Tastemakers 13.01.12


“His sound and writing have grown in range, and daring every time we’ve heard him”
Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

“Harks back to happier days like a pleasing meld of Belle & Sebastian and The Postal Service”

“Jack Robert Hardman should come with a warning label: his insanely
catchy pop will stick in your head pretty much forever. He’s a supreme talent with a unique voice and take on life.”
BBC Berkshire Linda Serck

You can also stream “Famous” from our SoundCloud page:

You can also listen to a sampler of Jack’s album from our SoundCloud page too: