Abbie McCarthy wears several different hats, depending on the day. She is a radio presenter, DJ, freelance Assistant Producer, and the founder and operating curator of Good Karma Club, a gig night in London.
Abbie says she was first introduced to the music industry when she got the chance to shadow at BBC Radio 1. “Without sounding super cliché, it was a dream come true. I found it really inspiring and thought I have to come back to work here one day. So, when I got back to university I threw myself even further into student radio,” said McCarthy.
And at the end of the year Abbie was named Best Newcomes at the Student Radio Awards. The prize was some production training at the BBC Academy, and shortly after, she completed a month-long work experience at BBC Radio 6 Music, and was offered her first freelance Assistant Producer gigs.
Abbie’s success comes greatly because she is fueled by connecting with others. The best part of her jobs allow her to connect with listeners through sharing stories and new music with them. Her curiosity for new people and authentic connections drive her to meet and interview more people to figure out “what makes their world tick”, in her words. Her advice to anyone trying to get into the music industry is to be tenacious.
“Don’t take no for an answer! I remember sending hundreds of emails about coming in to see radio shows and hardly anyone getting back to me. Just keep trying and meet as many people in your desired industry as you can and soak up their advice.” -Abbie McCarthy
In 2017, Abbie is going to spend a lot of time connecting with people and artists.
On air, she is currently presenting BBC Introducing in Kent every Saturday night on BBC Radio Kent and sometimes covering shows on BBC Radio 1. Catch Abbie on air covering for Huw Stephens on BBC Radio 1 on the 13th & 14th March 2017.
Good Karma Club, a gig night founded and curated by McCarthy, showcases three of the best brand new acts in London on the last Thursday of every month. The next gig curated by Abbie is the Good Karma Club’s 1st birthday party, and the line up is killer: Will Joseph Cook, KING NUN, and Alexander Teller. If you’re in London, you can get tickets for the next Good Karma Club show (18+) on Thursday, January 26, 2017, curated by Abbie here.
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Abbie’s Girl Gang Music Picks:
1. Bonzai (Dublin)
“Forward-thinking Dublin popstar Bonzai is simply superb.”
2. Jain (France)
“She’s already huge in her native of France and with her amazingly catchy tunes and powerful, immersive live show the UK will soon fall under her spell too.”
3. Dream Nails (London)
“They describe themselves as ‘feminist punk witches’. This band has a wicked attitude, make a brilliant zine and are quite something live.”
Q: What is the most beautiful song there ever was?
A: “The Bonnie Raitt song ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ is just beautiful and this stripped back, raw and emotional version by Bon Iver gets me every time – gorgeous.” — Abbie McCarthy