A playlist to support Aberdeen musicians

We have set up a playlist to support Aberdeen musicians. A place where you can find new songs by Aberdeen and NE Scotland's very talented singers, songwriters, bands and producers. This is the story about why we made it happen.

Sometimes I commit the cardinal sin of scrolling through Twitter while watching a movie. I like to check our @aberdeencity account regularly to see what’s going on in the the city. Mostly I make sure that we’ve not accidentally posted something that has pissed-off a load of folk. As I scrolled, I spotted this tweet by local singer Rachel Jack.

https://twitter.com/Rachellojack/status/1360334980472307717?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1360334980472307717%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fcdn.embedly.com%2Fwidgets%2Fmedia.html%3Ftype%3Dtext2Fhtmlkey%3Da19fcc184b9711e1b4764040d3dc5c07schema%3Dtwitterurl%3Dhttps3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2FRachellojack%2Fstatus%2F13603349804723077173Fs3D20image%3D

I retweeted to bring it to the attention of our community. As a result it sparked a healthy conversation about how Northsound and Original have commercial interests that make supporting Aberdeen musicians extremely difficult. However, local charitable broadcaster Shmu.FM, particularly the Monday night show 57 Degrees North Presents, are much more able to support talented Aberdeen musicians.

The conversation inspired us to consider what the team at POST could do to help and we decided that a regularly updated playlist of new music from Aberdeen and the North-East’s singers and bands could make a difference. My POST partner in crime, Kevin, made the fantastic suggestion of a mini website would let artists submit their own newly released tracks.

A place Aberdeen Musicians can call home

Waking up early and inspired on Saturday morning, I created the website, and with the kind help of Rachel, put together a playlist of great music ready to share with our 17.5k community in Aberdeen. Finally, after some testing and updates, we are ready to share The Lounge with you. Please hit 💚 button in Spotify and you’ll be kept up to date with brilliant new local music.

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/326NKLDZMa9jQ6Gw7JE3zr?si=a5b70766a43f4c7d

The website is just a simple form allowing city singers, bands and producers to submit their newly released tracks…or even an older one that they would like given a wee push. However, it is ready, and you can find it here.

As we launch today we want people to feel part of a wee community. For artists to discover each other and for listeners like yourself to discover your new favourite local musical artists and add them to your own playlists.

In this launch playlist we have of course featured Rachel Jack, as well as, amongst others: multi-instrumentalist Calorine with Garden of None; four-piece Cold Years with their amazing cover of Lizzo’s Good As Hell; producer Louis Seivwright’s Promises featuring the amazing vocals of Tammi Whyte; the synthy melodies of The Little Kicks; and finally, rapper and man of the moment, Ransom FA.

Thanks very much to Rachel for her inspiration and her help. You can find her right at the top of our first playlist. She has released some great songs over the past year. If you have ANY suggestions we always have our social media DMs open, or you can drop us a message through our homepage.


We've since added mirrored playlists on Apple Music and YouTube.

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9tor0TDtGEznDCGRhqHZgERKUvTek0L9

Temp Check: We a chat with Aberdeen singer-songwriter Rachel Jack

Live music performances have taken a massive hit because of the need to keep people safe from Covid. During this time, many musicians have concentrated on releasing new music to give fans a diversion from lockdown life.

We spoke to Rachel Jack, an Aberdeen based singer-songwriter making waves in the Scottish music scene this year. Having released her brilliant debut EP, The Calgary Tapes in the summer of 2020, we wanted to catch up with her to see how life is treating her right now.


Hey Rachel. Thanks very much for taking time to chat. As always, we start with the easy question that doesn’t always have an easy answer…how are you feeling right now?

I’m feeling tired to be honest. I’ve been super busy and I’m really looking forward to taking a break over Christmas.

What make you take the leap to chasing a career in music?

I had a period of illness and it put everything into perspective for me. I did that thing of looking over my life to-date and felt a bit disappointed that I hadn’t done anything with my voice.

The part I’ll continue to be most proud of is divorcing myself from a career I spent over a decade building. I’d thought about it for ages and it was a really difficult decision to make.

Live performance is pretty much out the question right now, how have you replaced that?

I’ve been focused on releasing music and have released 7 singles since we first went into lockdown.

Your debut EP, The Calgary Tapes, was released earlier this year. How did that come about?

I wrote those songs while completing a songwriting scholarship from Paolo Nutini at UWS. They are called the Calgary Tapes because I recorded those songs while living in a place called Calgary on the Isle of Mull.

What are you most proud of so far in your musical career?

The part I’ll continue to be most proud of is divorcing myself from a career I spent over a decade building. I’d thought about it for ages and it was a really difficult decision to make because your job seems to become a massive part of your identity, and for a while I struggled with knowing who I was without a job title, if that makes sense. That process as been the most rewarding.

Photo Credit: AG Whylie

Is there anyone in your community that has inspired you? Tell us about them.

I’m inspired mostly by normal every day people and their stories. Most of my songs are conversations I’ve had with people. In terms of the musical direction, there’s nothing intentional about it at all. When I meet people I like, we make music together and their style inspires mine. It’s all a very experimental go-with-the-flow kinda thing for me.

What pisses you off?

When people aren’t open to changing their minds. I’ve got a lot of respect for people who can hold their hands up and admit when they are wrong. We all have a right to change our minds when we learn new information but when people dig in their heels and refuse to have conversations about important matters, that really drains me.

The pandemic has been tough on most people, but it has given many the opportunity to evaluate their lives. Have you been changed by the pandemic?

Having evaluated my life a few years ago and then gone on to make some big changes, I feel as though I was mentally prepared for this. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not been easy by any means but it’s also not the worst thing I’ve been through, personally.

What motivates you?

Knowing that this is it…right here, right now. Life is short and I want to enjoy it as much as possible.

What does the future hold for Rachel Jack? What are your ambitions?

I feel as though I’ve arrived at where I want to be in that I’ve got a job I like and I’m doing music at the same time. I’d love to write for other artists, that’s the dream really. But I’m only a couple of years into music and I’m enjoying writing for myself so I’m not in any rush. In terms of what I’ve got planned for 2021 — I’ll be releasing my second EP Magazine Girls and hoping to perform live as much as possible.


Thanks very much to Rachel for her time and candour. You can show your support by following her on TwitterFacebookInstagram and on Spotify, and also check out her latest single, For You, below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H95YudQRQfw