Bristol’s independent radio station helps people thrive in the music industry

Stokes Croft broadcast, Radio Noodles has been an outlet for the city’s burgeoning independent music scene since 2015.

Noods founders Jack Machin and Leon Pattrick hoped to create a station that showcases their discovery of Bristol’s hidden musical gems. More importantly, Noods Radio’s mission was to provide the creators behind the music with the opportunity to finally have their voices heard.

Their next steps in introducing local talent to find their niche in the industry, is an upcoming event that aims to gather in-depth insights into excellence in several areas, from music composition to radio broadcasting to videography. . Crosstalk is set to be a one-day industry workshop located at the Arnolfini on March 26, with hosting functions led by Emma Blake Morsi, member of Bristol City Council’s Culture Council and non-executive director of Rising Arts Agency.

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The talks and workshops will cover a variety of topics to help newcomers kick-start their careers, with help from a notable range of leading professionals in the game.

Participants will expect to meet:

  • No signalthe black-run radio station that was launched during the pandemic, and serves to empower black BJs and support various artist sounds within their local community

  • Ashleigh Jadeewho is an acclaimed videographer, photographer and music director who has worked with the biggest names in the country, from Skepta, JME to Wretch 32

  • Geoff Barrowmusic producer and founding member of the band Portishead, who recently composed the music for the 8-episode supernatural sci-fi mystery horror series Archive 81 for Netflix, alongside Ben Salisbury.

Isabella Cross, Director of Noods Radio and Noods Levels, spoke to Bristol Live about the importance of Crosstalk and why, by fostering creative collaboration and openness, game-changing opportunities can become a reality in the South West.

She said: “We are a community of misfits and a community of people who want to be creative. I think what Noods Radio is trying to pioneer is that we want to be a station to help develop people because we understand that music has barriers, and we don’t want to have barriers. We want to open doors.

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“We are very attached to the development of young artists and we want to go beyond music. 95% of people employed in music work behind the scenes and 5% are the performers.

“That’s why Noods Radio really wants to start working with young producers who want to work in a studio or get help at events for sound engineering. Then, from this idea, we created Noods Levels.



The poster for the next Crosstalk event

In 2021, noodle tiers was founded on the basis of prioritizing welcoming young people across the region, which Isabella felt was appropriate, as she and her team believe the South West has untapped potential for local talent, particularly in Bristol.

She said: “Noods Radio is on its own trajectory as it becomes a global station. That’s why with Noods Level, we never wanted to lose sight of Bristol and our supporters from day one.

“What we want is to create a CIC that inspires the next generation, because being myself young, I had the opportunity to become a leader at 24 years old as director. We are an organization run by young people for young people.

“Now we have something like Crosstalk, which will be our first, but hopefully we can do it every year.”

For Isabella, Crosstalk is meant to be representative of the Noods philosophy, which may further push the boundaries of what is considered possible for success in the music industry.

She believes that encouraging greater accessibility for people from all walks of life can influence the state of music, which can help extend the life of countless careers in the borderless creative sector.

As part of Noods’ initiative to bridge the gap between communities in Bristol, they have announced that they will additionally be offering discounted or discounted tickets for those who need financial support to attend Crosstalk.



One of Crosstalk’s main guests, the No Signal station started as a live broadcast during lockdown

She said: “Industry events are nothing new, but what we want to do different is deliver bespoke workshops for 30 young people which makes it relevant as we have partnered with so many numerous partners such as Rising Arts Agency and Trinity Centre.

“We want young people there and the cost doesn’t matter as we know young people are facing financial hardship, especially in parts of Bristol.

“Once all 30 young people have participated, they will be part of the alumni of Noods Level, where they will always be the top priority to give experiences and opportunities. It’s all about keeping people in our community.

“The music industry has a gatekeeper problem, while so many industries do, we also want to create a legacy where all you have to do is be a part of it, and you’re in. this community for life.”

Isabella realizes that with Noods’ close ties to Bristol, they simply hope to become a long-standing role model that shapes the city and its people who can continue to move the cultural landscape in the right direction.



Crosstalk hopes to inspire the next generation with in-depth industry advice from Ashleigh Jadee

She said: “Noods has shown me through my own development that if you have just a little patience, you give people the right tools, you give them support and you give them time – they can become a diamond. .

“We are not here to make an event once in a while, we want to create lasting change. We love this city where we meet our partners, maybe we have kids or hang out with friends.

“Bristol is a big city but at the same time it faces economic problems that the rest of the country feels. About 75% of central arts funding goes to London and the South West has challenges because we are not central, with the North going through much worse.

“With Noods Levels there is a bubble effect where we don’t want to keep communities in one community, we want to merge them and intersect. The great thing about Crosstalk is that we want Access Creative students College merge with Bristol City College students.

“We want people who live in St. Pauls to sit next to someone who lives in Clifton because it matters. We are a united city, but there is a lot of segregation, especially when it comes to the creative industry.

“Our job is to amplify their voices and our job is to make them heard. They don’t work for us, we work for them. That’s why our community is so strong because people know it and people feel it.

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