Current music scene favourite Reese Lansangan and indie music scene figure Clem Castro headlined the launch of The Selector in the Philippines last 27 February during the three-day GREAT British Festival at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
The Selector, currently airing at Jam 88.3 every Saturday, is a two-hour show that highlights the best of new British music that promotes the musical culture of modern Britain to the Filipino audience. The Selector was launched by the British Council in 2001 with DJ and presenter Goldierocks as host. It covers indie, dubstep, folk, soul and electro among many others as well as interviews, mixes and exclusive live sessions.
Reese, whose artistic repertoire includes writing and graphic and fashion design, did a cover of her favourite British music which included Magic by Coldplay, Black Bird by Beatles, and finally capping it with an electro-a capella mix of Imogen Heap’s Hide and Seek.
Closing The Selector launch was Clem Castro of The Dragonfly Collector. Castro, who was the front man and guitarist of the 1999 Orange and Lemons band, opened the second set with Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles, followed it up with There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths and closed with a tribute to the late David Bowie with Space Oddity.
With an audience estimated to be in excess of three million listeners, The Selector reflects the brilliance and diversity of British music, promoting the sounds, talents and musical culture of modern Britain to an international audience.
The underlying aim of the show is to challenge people's perceptions about the UK and showcase the wealth of creativity and innovation on offer here. It avoids many of the mainstream British acts that international audiences might already be familiar with, in favour of emerging talent and underground flavours.
Previous contributors to the show include Tinie Tempah, Gruff Rhys, Foals, Fyfe Dangerfield, Ghostpoet, Sparrow & The Workshop, DELS and Jamie Woon.
"She could be the most influential woman in pop” – Evening Standard
Goldierocks, AKA Sam Hall, is an international DJ and broadcaster extraordinaire with a celebrity following that includes Madonna, Giorgio Armani, Richard Branson and Jade Jagger (she’s performed exclusively for them all). Her weekly global radio show ‘The Selector,’ legendary to those in the know, goes out to a staggering 37 countries with over four million dedicated listeners, prompting The Sunday Times to recently describe it as ”the most cutting-edge British music show out there.”
Sam covered for Dev on BBC Radio 1 several times in 2011 and anchored Reebok Radio from the Manchester Warehouse Project throughout 2012. She also hosts a Friday late night specialist dance show ‘Selector After Dark’ on Mexico’s Ibero FM, China’s Loop FM & Warsaw’s Roxy FM.
As well as radio, Sam has stage dived, rocked out and propelled herself off various stages around the globe having DJ’d her unique blend of eclectic house, world beats, mash up electro & bass heavy remixes to thousands across five continents.
She performs at endless festivals worldwide including Creamfields, Latitude, Leeds, Wakestock, Secret Garden Party and Glastonbury to name a mere handful. Then, more unusual venues might be Soviet bunkers in Kazakhstan, the beaches of Lake Malawi, warehouse parties in Shanghai, inside igloo discos in the Alps and then on slightly more luxurious super yachts in Monaco & Sydney Harbour. She also has her own self-titled London club night and has been the official red carpet presenter at the BRIT awards for the past two years running.
She had the honour of performing a 90 minute set at the Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony London 2012 which was televised on C4. With a crowd of 80,000 people with millions watching at home, it was one of many career highlights for Sam.