Radio 1s Pete Tong chatted to Skrufff this week about his new Thursday night show In New Music We Trust and said the weekly show will be radically different from the Essential Selection,
Its totally different from the Essential Selection, its another big step in terms of Radio 1 embracing what the BBC has to look like in this century, in the sense that its current model of broadcasting programmes terrestrially, at set times, is rapidly moving out of date, said Pete.
I hate to use the word, but it is a kind of magazine show, there will be a lot more chat in the show but equally its very important that the show is very fast moving. I dont know how successful the show will be initially but I would imagine within six months the show will sound like radio hasnt sounded before on Radio 1; thats our collective ambition. To make some 21st century radio. If you havent got time to listen to me on a Friday or dont know much about dance music, this show is for you, its meant to be an entry point.
Hugely upbeat about the new show, Pete admitted hes less than thrilled about losing one hour of his Friday night Essential Selection though was stoical about the new arrangement.
Am I particularly happy about not being able to start at 6oclock? Not particularly. But did I think Id be on at 6pm forever? No, he said.
Did I think Id be on at 6pm for 12 years? No. Change is inevitable but Ive always seen change as an opportunity.
He also defended vigorously his right to play maintream music, pointing out youre on the radio and youve got to be entertaining and we play to an audience that fluctuates around 2million people at the start of the show on a Friday night.
If you were playing to a stadium of 2 million people you wouldnt go and play a bunch of minimal techno records at the start of your set. Thats what its about- entertainment. Im not on at 2 in the morning, Im on at six, now 7pm. Ive been really successful at both entertaining people and turning them onto something new, I dont think Ive ever gone down the route of lowest common denominator.
He also revealed his favourite track of the moment is Ames Rej and suggested dance music is changing quickly yet again.
The minimal thing last year was very healthy it introduced a newness. A year down the line minimal has almost disappeared, or rather its morphed. Im still playing a lot of records from Germany but theyre not that minimal. I think records have got more soulful again, a little blacker again. I suppose in a way weve had a house music revival, said Pete.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1 (Pete Tongs In New Music We Trust starts on Thursday September 28)
Jonty Skrufff (JontySkrufff.com)