“The voice of new music in Scotland”
With over 20 years on the radio, Jim Gellatly is firmly established as one of Scotland’s leading exponents of new music.
Having served time at BBC Radio Scotland, Northsound, Beat 106, MFR and Xfm Scotland, Jim’s played a role in uncovering many of the most important bands around, including Oasis, Snow Patrol and Coldplay.
The first person to play the likes of Biffy Clyro, The Fratellis, Amy Macdonald and KT Tunstall on the radio, Coventry’s The Enemy have also credited Jim on several occasions for picking up on them while still unsigned.
In April 2008 he was presented with the Radio Academy’s ‘John Peel Award for contribution to Music Radio’. Previous winners include Kenny Everett, Richard Park, Alan Freeman, Tony Blackburn, Steve Wright, Pete Tong, Chris Tarrant and John Peel himself (the award was renamed after his untimely death).
In May 2010 he started doing shows at Clyde 1 (Glasgow & West Central Scotland), and also presents a weekly slot on Amazing Radio (DAB digital radio & online). His In:Demand Uncut show (launched May 2011) is broadcast every Sunday 7-10pm on Clyde 1, Forth One, Northsound 1, Radio Borders, Tay FM, West FM & West Sound.
Jim hosts a weekly podcast ‘Jim Gellatly’s NEW MUSIC’ (nominated for the 2010 BT Digital Music Awards), writes a weekly new music column for the Scottish Sun, and regularly DJs and hosts events throughout Scotland.
Why my Sound Souvenirs
The First Big Weekend – Arab Strap
A tale about a massive night out in Glasgow, but it could probably be about any city in the world.
Tinseltown In The Rain – The Blue Nile
One of the most incredible pieces of music to ever emerge from Scotland.
Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
A massive guitar anthem that always gets a crowd going.
Geraldine – Glasvegas
Possibly the closest the band have come to a pop song.
Don’t Fight It Feel It – Primal Scream
The perfect crossover track embracing both rock music and club culture.
Cap In Hand – The Proclaimers
A song that poses a massive question about national identity.
Freedom – QFX
As cheesy as they come, but a strangely uplifting slice of Scottish dance music.
Bluebell Polka – Jimmy Shand
The Scottish Country Dance Bandleader’s only UK Top 20 from 1955.
Engine Failure – This Poison
An obscure mid-80s jangly indie guitar track that deserves a wider audience.
Superstar Tradesman – The View
Scots indie scamps with one of the highlights from their debut album.