By Ellen MacAskill
One of the seminars sure to be a hit at Futures Fest comes from our favourite radio station, Radio 1, in the form of producer Lee-ann Howieson. Currently working on BBC Introducing with Ally McCrae, and the Jazz House on BBC Radio Scotland, Lee-ann flits between Glasgow and London making quality radio happen.
With artists like Florence and the Machine and Jake Bugg rising up through the Introducing platform, it is one of Radio 1’s most exciting institutions. Stages showcasing their fresh talent pop up at festivals across the country every summer including T in the Park and Radio 1’s Big Weekend, coming to Glasgow in 2014. Producers and presenters at BBC Introducing must have a keen ear for the Next Big Thing.
Lee-ann summed up the highlights of her job for Scotcampus (deep breath): “Getting to hear new music, being introduced to old music, having creative ideas realised, working at music festivals, meeting people you massively respect, working with so many talented people and presenters, being around musicians and colleagues who are truly passionate about what they do, teaching and working with young enthusiastic people who want to get into the industry…everything really!” We can’t argue with that.
Asked what wisdom she plans to impart at Futures Fest, Lee-ann said: “My unconventional route into radio, my day to day job and advice on how to get into the industry.”
And what nugget of advice would she give to those pursuing a career in radio? “There’s a lot of going sideways before moving up.”
We cannot wait to hear what else she has to say. Get your questions ready! Follow Lee-ann on Twitter, @LeeLee_H and @bbc_introducing for all the latest updates.