Xpress Radio is Cardiff University’s student radio station, and we’re hoping to make our mark on the city’s gosh-darn wonderful music scene this year.
Unlike many other radio stations, Xpress Radio is not a business, we’re a service. Our primary concern isn’t about making an absurd amount or copying the playlist of radio giants. Our main concern is to offer people something different, and something fucking cool.
There are a lot of bands that miss out on being played on bigger stations because they get bombarded with tracks 24/7. Speaking as a student, believe me, many of us have a LOT of time on our hands. The person who will brave the torrential rain to catch a gig on a Tuesday night, even if they have got a lecture at nine in the morning, is a student. I truly believe a lot of students know their city’s music scene inside-out, for some it’s the biggest part of their lives for the 3-5 years they reside at university.
Over the course of last year, we gave over 25 bands their first ever radio play, 14 of which went on to play on stations such as BBC Radio One and BBC Radio Wales.
Student radio should be used as a platform for bands and DJs alike to get their music heard. Granted, we may not be as big as other radio stations, but we do have ambition, and we are willing to push boundaries. We hosted the first ever student radio festival on October 6th at Cardiff Students Union, with performances from artists such as Little Comets, Cut Ribbons and Three Pairs Of Shoes.
I think we are fortunate enough to live in a city that produces excellent music. We would love to collaborate with local music publications like The MMP and Journal of Plastik. I would like to thank the MMP for giving us at Xpress radio the opportunity to tell you what we’re all about. And I promise you, we will do our utmost to give you the best access to our city’s amazing music scene.
We broadcast online at www.xpressradio.co.uk, or listen to us on your iPhone by downloading the student radio app.