Charlie Ashcroft

Charlie Ashcroft


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Charlie Ashcroft

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Music Manager at BT and Presenter at Amazing Radio.
Bio
I'm currently working at BT, in charge of curating their music TV content. I also host a weekly new music showcase on Amazing Radio, focused on discovering the best new and unsigned talent. I worked in radio for over ten years before joining BT and also have experience in radio production, music scheduling and programming. I speak French and Italian and I'm based in London. In my spare time I also write for Record Collector Magazine and run an indie clubnight called Somebody Told Me. I also curate my own Fresh Finds playlist on Spotify, with close to 10,000 followers.
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Expertise
music supervision, radio, music industry, live shows, music promotion, music videos, radio host, live events, music writing / blogging, music journalism, radio hosting, music television, radio programming
Interests
indie rock, alternative, indie pop, rock, electronica, music, pop, alternative rock, startups, pop culture, tv
Location
United Kingdom

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tiphanie Doucet submitted media.

Charlie Ashcroft

An well-directed and well-produced video, with Tiphanie taking centre stage as a genuine star. Some brilliant visuals here, and an engaging video narrative thread to complement the song. I’ll make sure that I feature the track on my next Fresh Finds playlist, and will have a think about opportunities for the video to spread to a wider audience. Initial thoughts would be to submit to sites like The Line of Best Fit, The Most Radicalist, Acid Stag and Clash, who have a great track record in hosting video premieres by emerging artists. 

Anubis submitted media.

Blue Throat by Anu]bis

Charlie Ashcroft

Like this! Very cinematic and plenty to enjoy. I appreciated the changes of pace and the various production textures. Loads of interesting influences. Are you UK-based? It’d certainly be worth reaching out to your local BBC Introducing presenters and see if they’ve got room for this track in the coming weeks. Stations like Amazing Radio, Soho Radio, NTS and Hoxton Radio would also be worth targeting for some further exposure. Good luck with it all.

Henry Alexander submitted media.

Crush by Henry Alexander

Charlie Ashcroft

Great song structure and production - I wasn’t blown away by the opening few seconds but was immediately converted by the chorus, which is fantastic. I feel like over here in the UK it could find a home on radio stations like XS Manchester and Cumbernauld FM, and if you’ve got any links to a local BBC station then it’d definitely be with uploading to BBC Introducing. I’d also gladly give it a feature on my weekly Fresh Finds playlist on Spotify - make sure you submit it via my Music Gateway link here:

http://musicgateway.com/external/riGOeut5?4I0om=iG88b0sk

Thanks!

Charlie 

Alan Dreezer submitted media.

Any Way I Can by Alan Dreezer

Charlie Ashcroft

A genuinely impressive track, which, while isn’t really to my personal taste, feels like a lost late 80s / early 90s gem from the archive! I really like the production, and I warmed to the vocals on 2nd listen, after not immediately connecting to them first time around. In terms of making headway in the UK market, I’d recommend hiring a radio plugger line Dylan White, and if there’s a video or TV campaign to be lined up for this track, perhaps a TV plugger like Joggs Canfield or Stuart Kenning. I’d also endorse the idea of signing up to a sync or licensing agency like Sentric or Music Gateway to see if there’s any scope to place the track in some further influential outlets! Wishing you all the best.

StanLei submitted media.

Wild Womxn by StanLei

Charlie Ashcroft

An impressive record with a powerful message and lots of interesting influences. I love how it flits between different styles without being jarring; it feels like it has genuine sense of cohesion and a true artistic vision. It’d certainly be worth reaching out to your local BBC Introducing presenters (in Bristol, I believe?) and see if they’ve got room for this track in the weeks ahead. Even if you’re based in France, they might still be keen to feature you! Stations like Amazing Radio, Soho Radio and Hoxton Radio would also be worth targeting for some exposure further afield. Away from radio, it might be worth joining a sync / district / licensing agency like Sentric to see if Wild Womxn has the potential to be placed somewhere that would increase your profile further. They’re excellent at representing artists and could be a useful source of support and inspiration. Good luck with it all, looking forward to hearing the album next year!

Henry Alexander submitted media.

In My Shoes (official) by Henry Alexander

Charlie Ashcroft

Good song! Strong riffs and a bluesy spirit. From a radio perspective here in the UK, I’d recommend sending it to Gary Crowley at BBC Radio London, Alex Baker at Kerrang, John Kennedy at Radio X, and Baylen Leonard on Country Hits. I’d also recommend signing to a UK sync agency like Music Gateway and Sentric, to give the track some well deserved sync opportunities.  

Sukh Krishan submitted media.

Nightingale by Sukh

Charlie Ashcroft

This is excellent! A poignant encapsulation of the situation NHS staff have found themselves in over the past few months. Musically it has a timeless feel to it. Excellent songwriting. I’d target presenters like John Kennedy at Radio X and Chris Hawkins at 6Music. It’d also be worth signing up with an agency like Music Gateway or Sentric for the sake of wider distribution and possible sync opportunities.

Ka'Ron Glenn submitted media.

Double S by St3vi2 HOE

Charlie Ashcroft

Great track. Really effective sample for the song’s backbone, combined with a confident lyrical delivery. In the UK it’d be worth targeting radio stations like 1Xtra. Capital Xtra and Kiss. I’d also recommend signing up to a big sync agency like Music Gateway or Sentric, to see if they can assist with getting the song placed on TV or film. It’s the kind of song that could work really well in some sports coverage! 

Brad Urba submitted media.

Rise Up by Brad Urba

Charlie Ashcroft

A solid surefire anthem for NOW. Big riffs, strong sentiment and a catchy chorus. Good work all round! In terms of next steps promotion-wise, I’d recommend reaching out to people like Alex Baker at Kerrang Radio, and Daniel P Carter at the BBC. It could also garner press support from the likes of Noizze and Some Might Say zine. I’d also recommend signing up to Music Gateway if you’re looking for a UK sync agency!

Kota Wade submitted media.

Golden by Future Moons

Charlie Ashcroft

I really like the production on this track. The atmosphere complements Kota Wade’s voice really well. There’s a great build-up to the chorus, and a dreamy peak within the chorus itself. It also makes me want to go and listen to the full EP! In terms of where to target from a UK promotion point of view, it could go down well on radio stations like BBC 6Music and XS Manchester. Let me know if you’re looking for recommendations for radio pluggers over here in the UK.

Jay Bonaparte submitted media.

Lost Cause by PARAGⴲN CAUSE

Charlie Ashcroft

A euphoric slice of indie electropop that got me “right in the feels”. Good track! I’d recommend uploading the song to Amazing Radio (amazingradio.us) if you can, and if you’re looking for a UK-based sync agency, it’d be worth signing up to a company like Music Gateway or Sentric Music. I’ll aim to support the track on my blog and Spotify playlist too!

Henry Alexander submitted media.

Trouble Maker by Henry Alexander

Charlie Ashcroft

I like the song, it has lots of influences which hark back to the noughties, with lots of synths and a catchy chorus. Some great indie pop hooks in the mix! In terms of the video and the best channels for exposure in the UK, I’d recommend approaching a student video channel like SubTV and the BoxPlus network as well. In terms of online coverage, I’d target people like Little Indie Blogs and the Line of Best Fit.

Simon Miller submitted media.

Loving You by Pink Cliffs

Charlie Ashcroft

This is excellent. I love the sense of intrigue to the vocals and the swirling mix of percussion and baseline. It has a very unique feel to it, and there’s something rather timeless about the overall track which you can’t put your finger on. Very catchy too! All in all, brilliantly produced and probably one of the standout demos (if you can even call it a demo) that I’ve had sent my way via Fluence so far this year.

In terms of radio, I’d definitely recommend getting this uploaded to Amazing Radio’s site (Amazingtunes.com) as well as the BBC Introducing uploader. It could also be worth checking out a company like Sentric if you’re looking for licensing deals and opportunities.

Kota Wade submitted media.

Entangled by Future Moons

Charlie Ashcroft

This song has an intriguing lyrical hook, some excellent production and a suitably wintry feel to it. The vocals are superb! In terms of where to pitch for UK radio, I’d suggest BBC Radio 2 and also a couple of the Bauer stations like Magic or Magic Chilled. It might also be worth joining the directories of some sync agencies over here too, like A&G and Audio Network, to see if the track can gain some sync traction too. It’s certainly worthy of a wider audience! Thanks for sending it my way.

Wilson Getchell submitted media.

Cold Black Ink by Thirsty Curses

Charlie Ashcroft

What an earworm! Thanks for sharing it with me. It comes across as a real melting pot of influences, which should work in your favour when it comes to wider coverage. 

The various genre tags you could label yourself with on platforms like Spotify would hopefully increase your chances on getting onto one if their curated playlists. 

If you’re on Bandcamp, it’d also be worth a message on their HQ to see if you can be featured by their team, or on any of their landing page editorial. I know from experience that they like to feature independent artists who experiment with lots of different styles and genres! So they’d be worth a shot too.

In terms of UK profile, it’d be worth targeting some stations Who pride themselves in terms of how they support new music, like Hoxton Radio, Soho Radio, Amazing Radio and XS Manchester. 

Heavy, yet melodic, this track could be a great gateway to your work for people who haven’t heard you before. You also sound like the kind of band who is love to see live!

Tropico Don submitted media.

Orion's Belt by Tropico Don

Charlie Ashcroft

A well-structured slice of electro pop, with some great vocals. At first I thought the drums were a bit jarring when they came in, but by the end you realise the percussion actually complements the rest of the song’s instrumentation really well and is all part of the song’s build. It’d be worth uploading this to Amazing Radio’s site, amazingtunes.com For airplay consideration, as well as the uploader for for BBC Introducing show if you’re based in the U.K., to get on the radar for your local station! 

The visuals are probably a bit simple for consideration for any music channels, but obviously act as a great visualiser for YouTube. 

Crawford Mack submitted media.

Charlie Ashcroft

It’s a suitably atmospheric, autumnal acoustic folk record, with some distinctive vocals and a lovely set of string arrangements. 

Distribution-wise, The Orchard and Sentric are both good places to explore. From a social angle, I find companies like Burstimo are well-placed to advise on strategy and campaigns. With my radio hat on, it’d be worth contacting Jim Gellatly via his Amazing Radio show, to see if there’d be scope for some local radio support.

Matt Como submitted media.

Shooting Star (Lyric Video) by Como Brothers

Charlie Ashcroft

This is a good piece of soulful, funk-tinged pop. Very upbeat and characterised by great vocals and a tight rhythm section. I can definitely envisage it being played on some more commercially-minded radio stations and potentially finding its way onto the sync industry radar. With my TV ‘hat’ on, regarding the lyric video itself, I’d say it’s a pretty engaging visual. There are a few frames where the colour of the lyrics clashes slightly with the the action in the background - perhaps a case of there being too much going on when a certain lyrical hook is also being displayed. Overall though, the artistic visual design complements the lyrical content well, and as I say, makes for an engaging watch.

tiphanie Doucet submitted media.

In dreams ...( You and I ) by Tiphanie Doucet

Charlie Ashcroft

Another great song from Tiphanie, with heart-warming vocals and further proof of some rich, cinematic production. This song has a real lift in the latter stages too, after a patient build, rewarding the listener for time spent with it. I feel that a site like syncrmusic.com would be a good bet for this track, not only to open up to some possible sync opportunities, but also some label avenues - I t’s a strong enough record to put Tiphanie on a few radars. Overall, a fine progression from her Under The Sun album, released on streaming services last year, and a great benchmark for future material she sends our way!

Useless Cities submitted media.

How To Feel by Useless Cities

Charlie Ashcroft

I love the hazy nostalgia of this track - the forlorn intro has a measured precision to it though, and feels like it would make an impact on daytime Amazing Radio or evening 6Music. I feel that with the right London gigs to showcase them (given their recent portfolio of great songs), they can gain  locally  I’m thinking Old Blue Last, The Victoria, and maybe Camden Assembly? It’d also be worth getting on Benumu’s radar if not already! Best promoters / bookers for upcoming bands out there at the mo.

Honey Beard submitted media.

Reverie by Honey Beard

Charlie Ashcroft

Such a rich, sweeping shoegaze-tinged slice of electronic pop. Vocals draw you in and the production is very cinematic. If looking to push further, I’d recommend a company like Popfiction, who represent and promote this type of music very well indeed.

Michael Soiseth submitted media.

WRONG WAY by RAYGUN CARVER

Charlie Ashcroft

This strikes me a decent, film-soundtrack-ready record, something of a slow-burner. The vocals are well-delivered and the production is spot on. It wouldn’t usually be 100% what I’d gravitate towards genre-wise, but I can appreciate the work that’s been put together here, in the form of an enjoyable, 6-minute Americana-tinged opus.

From a UK perspective I’d see no harm in approaching Folk Radio, or Maz from Communion for his Radio X show about this, both are usually pretty approachable on Twitter and other social channels from a plugging perspective.

Maiah Wynne submitted media.

Sleep by Maiah Wynne

Charlie Ashcroft

A beautiful record, which builds wonderfully as it progresses. There’s a subtle intensity which gradually grabs hold of you as you listen more closely! This is the kind of song which could go down well on late night BBC stations’ schedules, or even on the myriad of chilled end Spotify playlists. I’d recommend Maiah’s work for fans of Marissa Nadler, Daughter and Haley Heynderickx.

tiphanie Doucet submitted media.

Under My Sun by Tiphanie Doucet

Charlie Ashcroft

Tiphanie has a beautiful voice and it shines through on this wonderfully-arranged record. It makes me want to check out the full album! In terms of where to pitch it over here in the UK, I can see this going down well with a handful of presenters on Radio 2 (Bob Harris, Jo Whiley to name but two) as well as Maz Tappuni’s show on Radio X.

Fetherstone submitted media.

All You Need To Be (Brew Remix) by Music by Fetherstone, Brew. Video design by Studio B

Charlie Ashcroft

A hypnotic and wonderfully innovative video. Perfect visuals for a song like this. The song itself builds very nicely, and I can see it going down well on certain overnight BBC Radio 1 slots or even in certain corners of BBC Radio 3 and BBC 6 Music. The production is bold, and illustrates a cinematic quality, reminding me at points of the incidental soundtracking on shows like How To Get Away With Murder, which Photek scored so well.

Riley Jensen submitted media.

Charlie Ashcroft

Another great track from Kaptur, whose heady mix of industrial riffs, post-punk energy and commercial-radio-friendly melodies continues to impress. The song is a superb testament to Kaptur’s progress. As for the lyric video, it could work in the late night slots on the slightly leftfield alternative Music TV channels. When submitting the video to those channels though, it might be worth having a Harding-safe version ready. Flashing images can often prohibit music directors from being able to use certain videos, but they can be toned down in a Harding-safe version without losing the quality of the original visuals.

Joe Dexter submitted media.

Unconditional by Joe Dexter

Charlie Ashcroft

I found my attention span wandering elsewhere to begin with, the song reeled me back in with a memorable, catchy chorus. On second listen, it confirms itself as a very well-crafted pop-rock track which should see Joe Dexter bring his sound to a wider audience, perhaps via the medium of sync or commercial radio. Definitely an artist to keep an eye out for.

Arman Asadsangabi submitted media.

Charlie Ashcroft

A heavy, soulful beast of a song, which doesn’t overstay its welcome and yet still manages to make a strong impression. Great voice from a singer whose delivery could belong to any era, be it 70s glam, 90s grunge or contemporary stadium rock. As for where the track could go, UK-wise it’d be a comfortable fit on Planet Rock or Kerrang, or possibly the more specialist shows on Radio X and Absolute. You should upload it to amazingtunes.com for airplay on Amazing Radio too! I’d also recommend hooking up with a TV plugger to unlock some sync opportunities, as the song sounds like it could soundtrack anything from a high-octane sports montage to the intro to a TV series.

Riley Jensen submitted media.

Charlie Ashcroft

This song has so much going on, that you’re genuinely not expecting it to be as heavy as it is. Kaptur have come up with something infectious and vital, putting a modern, innovative twist on something whose bare bones vaguely resemble a melodic 90s grunge jam. Radio-wise I can see this being a winner on evening specialist slots and Student Radio daytime, while the video might go down well on stations like SubTV and online platforms like Clash, God Is In The TV and Louder Than War.

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Drag The Cause Down by The Vegas Nerves

Charlie Ashcroft

A timeless song with a rather affecting quality. Some intriguing lyrical content and an overarching sense of drama throughout. From a video perspective, I found the switch, from the protagonist close-up to the bulbs and street scenes, a little bit sudden and forced, but the visuals were pretty compelling for the duration. In the UK, the video could well be pitched to stations like SubTV and online outlets like Clash and Line of Best Fit

Sophie Debattista submitted media.

Bloodline (mp3) by S.O.S

Charlie Ashcroft

This is a great open slice of well-produced electronic pop. Decent song structure too - I think the chorus gets that well-deserved lift which you're anticipating. It also strikes me as the kind of track which lend itself well to being performed as an acoustic version and some remixes - were they to be released consecutively afterwards, this would help the song's longevity and increase some traction on various streaming services. Whilst also showing off the artist's range and creativity!

Gavin McLaughlin submitted media.

Charlie Ashcroft

A real summer-tinged shot of adrenaline for me - when it's starts off you think it's going be quite a laid-back affair, but the giddy loop of that main riff reverberates around your brain after the first listen. An intriguing video too!

Dree Paterson submitted media.

Rebel Soul by Dree Mon

Charlie Ashcroft

Great vocals here, alongside some really tight production, giving this a credible, commercial feel. It's one of those songs which rewards repeated listens and could well go down a storm on both the radio and club circuit. It's also a track which feels like it's been around for ages, such is its authenticity.

Riley Jensen submitted media.

Futureproof by Kaptur

Charlie Ashcroft

This is an ambitious record with plenty of twists and turns. It builds into an experimental beast! I couldn't connect to all the lyrics particularly, but that didn't seem to matter a whole great deal in the grand scheme of things. My favourite moment was around 1:20, when the cinematic, urgent riffs kick in good and proper. I felt the industrial-esque outro may have been a fraction too long, but I applaud the process of trying something different in any case.

Riley Jensen submitted media.

Charlie Ashcroft

This is a beautiful cover and automatically becomes an excellent slice of heartfelt, slow-burning indie rock. Love the production and it feels like it could lend itself to a film soundtrack. The vocals are really strong too - I'll be keeping an eye / ear out for some original music from Kaptur in the future.

Neil Thomas submitted media.

Hidden Hills by Pavey Ark

Charlie Ashcroft

I've got a lot of time for records like this - meticulously crafted and perfectly paced, and certainly not too overstated. The vocals have some intriguing character and charm to them, amid the hazy, summer-friendly instrumentation. I'll be sure to check out the EP in full!

Lawrence Fancelli submitted media.

Rinascita by Paolo Cognetti

Charlie Ashcroft

Beautiful composition with lots of interesting, subtle touches. It's a hypnotic record, which feels both cinematic and intimate at the same time. Look forward to hearing the album!

Wild Eyed Boy (James Shuar) submitted media.

I Don't Know Anymore by Wild Eyed Boy

Charlie Ashcroft

Love the shimmering, sparkling intro and the luscious production. Great vocals and full of catchy hooks. An extremely accomplished slice of electronic pop 

Bobby Dezfulli submitted media.

Shaking Hands (Callow) by The Empty

Charlie Ashcroft

This track grew on me the more it went on. It builds nicely towards the first chorus and then something changes - the ante gets upped! Great intensity from about a minute or so into the song, with some lovely guitar tone. 

Shaun Hettinger submitted media.

Not Over You by Memoryy

Charlie Ashcroft

This is a nicely-crafted slice of synth pop, showcasing an interesting fusion of "group" harmonies with some catchy vocal samples. It builds well and retains some decent pace without going full-throttle. Not usually my cup of tea 100% of the time, but I liked this.

James Holt submitted media.

Alone Again and Always by James Holt

Charlie Ashcroft

This feels like one of those songs which has been around for ages, such is its immediacy and sense of familiarity. James has a good voice and the simple structure provides a good backdrop for the heartfelt vocals. Definitely someone to keep an eye on!

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Gorgeous by The Blemish

Charlie Ashcroft

Enjoyed this. Extremely assured production, which brings to mind the likes of Bondax and Philip George. I felt the vocals took 20-30 seconds to warm up, but they have a distinctive quality and are particularly strong on the choruses. The chorus also has a great, memorable hook. I'll keep an eye out for more material by The Blemish!

Natasha-Leigh Smith submitted media.

OMEN by Natasha-Leigh Smith

Charlie Ashcroft

Fantastic record, full of bold ambition and rich production. It's the kind of track which immediately sticks out for having a cinematic quality to it. Very strong vocal and extremely well delivered.

James Holt submitted media.

Charlie Ashcroft

A great fusion of fast-paced blues and psychedelic Britpop, which displays the hallmark of a confident, accomplished musician. I thought the vocal delivery was a little bit casual in places, but perhaps that was the stylistic intention! Overall, a good trip into a summery, retro-leaning realm.

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Louise Louise by The Vellas

Charlie Ashcroft

This track made me sit up and take notice straight away - it's right up my alley! Perfect amount of fuzz and charm, and very well paced. The vocals have an obvious personality about them and I'll be keen to hear more in the future.

Elliot Lampitt submitted media.

BROTHER OF MINE by Dorey The Wise

Charlie Ashcroft

I like how the song builds - also a big fan of how affecting the chorus is on this track. Vocals are genuinely believable and clearly sung from the heart. They're a band who I always have time for!

Ben Earnshaw submitted media.

Wandering by Villiers

Charlie Ashcroft

Dramatic, dreamy synth pop, whose main instrumental hook seems destined for a big placement of sync further down the line. The vocals aren't particularly engaging, but that's not to detract from an impressive track, full of driving momentum, confidence and poise. The 'Blue Monday'-esque breakdown towards the end lends an air of nostalgic authenticity too.

Carl-Marcus Gidlöf submitted media.

Charlie Ashcroft

An already beautiful song here, now accompanied by a compelling, intriguing video. I've been a fan of what I've heard by Flora Cash in the past, but this track strikes as one of their most affecting, most urgent and most crestfallen songs to date.

Martin Tillman submitted media.

Cracked Diamonds by Martin Tillman

Charlie Ashcroft

It's refreshing to get sent something that feels so cinematic and rich. The strings and rhythm sections complement each other very well, and it's clear that this songwriter has a breakthrough composition on his hands.