Amazing Radio USA Welcomes New Presenters, Taking Listeners to New Musical Landscapes
posted: Sept. 02, 2021
Part curated music discovery platform and part artist-friendly launchpad, Amazing Radio was the first to spin Alt-J, Haim, The 1975, Dua Lipa, and many more. Since day one, their mission has been to turn listeners on to great music and to support the musicians who are making it; and with new slogan "Reject The Algorithm," the online radio station is making their commitment to independent artists clear. amazing is proudly curated by trusted tastemakers, aka presenters, who have the power in what they play. Think: your favorite DJ, but one who can play whatever they feel like. Free of the traditional radio format and the confinement of outside forces regulating spins, presenters play what they're actually listening to and the bands that they personally want to champion-the missing link between revenue-based radio and anonymous Spotify curators.
Launched in May 2020, Amazing Radio USA is the North American counterpart to the long-running British station. amazing is 100% focused on helping new and emerging musicians and operates Amazing Radio UK, Amazing Radio USA and CMJ, which together have more than fifty years' experience of helping the world's best new musicians get the break they deserve.
In just over a year, Amazing USA has welcomed diverse presenters from across the country, who have each paved their way in the music industry. The current group of 15 bring unique music from all genres, inspired by their influences and underground finds, as well as local selections from their respective communities: Austin, Chicago, Harlem, Queens, Indianapolis, London, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Taos, New Mexico. View the current show lineup here and learn more about each presenter below.
Listeners can sign up for an account and artists can upload their music directly at amazingradio.us
Derrick "Lottery" Hardy - Chicago, IL: Derrick "Lottery" Hardy is the respected founder of the 3 Feet No Pressure agency and co-president of ArtClub International, working closely with some of today's top artists and athletes, including gold-selling artist tobi lou. A product of Chatham, a community within Chicago's Southside, Derrick grew up surrounded by Black history and culture. The Simeon Career Academy graduate first appeared in The Source's "Unsigned Hype" column as a rapper known as Lottery. However, by the end of college, Hardy focused on working in the background. He eventually relocated for a temp job at Universal Music Publishing, which blossomed into an A&R post at Motown Records; the experience set Derrick up to go in business for himself, founding the 3 Feet No Pressure agency and creating a roster including tobi lou and Primo3x, along with producers Matteo Woods, Tarjas White, and Slot-A. Derrick worked with NBA star Damian Lillard to oversee his 2016 star-studded hip-hop album, The Letter O, and has also acted as a consultant to Green Bay Packers' Tight End Jace Sternberger. Amid these relationships, Hardy enrolled in the University of Miami's Sports Management program, with plans to have his agent's license in 2021. While building his agency, Derrick and tobi lou joined Ketrina "Taz" Askew's team, which has found success with Jhené Aiko, Anderson .Paak, and Omarion. A powerful presence in music and sports, Derrick Hardy is a team player destined to win.
Tobi Lynn- Indianapolis, IN: Tobi was raised in Indianapolis-she's truly an indie girl in Indy. She started her career hosting a talk show called Tobi Talks in DeKalb, IL. This was followed by a five year stint in Los Angeles at various SoCal stations like Y107 and Soundbreak.com. She then went to DC to build the first coast-to-coast college indie channel (from scratch) called XMU. After the satellite radio merger, Tobi moved back to Los Angeles, and curated new music for ALT 98.7fm at iHeart Radio for a decade. She currently curates and hosts a new music show for Amazing Radio US. Follow her at @tobitalks.