In an age when Digital Radio the advent of the easy access to Internet Radio and Podcasting is there a place for Pirate Analogue Radio?
In the UK, media outlets and access to creative expression has always been very tightly regulated, and to combat this the various music scenes created their own "Community Stations". These stations are known to the media as "Pirate Stations", this was due to the UK's first unregulated Radio station Radio Caroline. Caroline broadcast from a Fishing Trawler just outside of British Territorial waters, and so was free from Broadcasting Regulations.
In the late 80's and early 90's, saw an explosion of Pirate stations all over the UK from Glasgow to Brighton. In particular South London conscious Black music stations like Genesis FM, Vibes FM, Lightning FM and and others filled a void in the community, broadcasting music and culture that represented a whole listening audience that was totally uncatered for by the mainstream media.
By supporting homegrown UK music, Pirate Radio provides a platform for unsigned local artists, DJ's, Record labels, event promoters, local business and all of the trappings of an independent scene. Pirate Radio free from program directors, "Payola" corruption and constrictive play lists, Pirate Radio truly makes and breaks the future hits!
Wilderness Pictures and Director Michel Chandler has created a fascinating new documentary investigating the future of underground Pirate Radio scene in London, by interviewing a wide variety of DJs from Reggae to Grime, Hip-Hop to Drum&Bass.
Here is a sneak preview of the forth coming film exploring the people who risk heavy fines and possible prison sentences to bring their music to the people:
"Stay Sailing: The Future of Pirate Radio" Wilderness Pictures
Here is a classic Documentary about Hackney Rave station Rush FM from 1994/95
List of some London Pirates in the past/present
Midlands Pirate Archive
The "Man's" perspective