Chris Moyles criticised for claiming ‘most unsigned artists are crap’

Chris Moyles is never one to hold his tongue (Picture: Matt Crossick)

Chris Moyles told people what he thinks about unsigned artists – and to say there’s been backlash would be an understatement.

The DJ shared his views during his Radio X morning show last week after being criticised by listeners for not giving lesser known musicians enough airtime.

Responding to the claims, the 48-year-old – who appeared in I’m A Celebrity last year – said: ‘That’s not what this show is all about.’

Not holding back, he continued: ‘And the real reason is, and this will blow their tiny minds and they’ll hate this, the reason why we won’t play unsigned bands is because – and there are exceptions to the rule – but the main reason is that most unsigned bands are crap.

‘I’m sorry, but that’s the truth.’

Unsurprisingly, unsigned musicians were angered by the presenter’s remarks.

The former I’m A Celebrity star isn’t a big fan of unsigned artists (Picture: James Gourley/ITV/Shutterstock)

Hitting out, The Moons founder Andy Croft wrote on Twitter: ‘Chris Moyles claims most unsigned bands are crap. I’d say most signed music is generic and crap these days and they have the leverage to be put out there that unsigned bands don’t.

‘Every band/artist starts out unsigned and has to graft to even be noticed. Don’t p**s on their fire’.

Teesside band Benefits also responded, and they weren’t afraid to get personal.

‘It’s alright, no big breakfast radio show plays unsigned bands, R1, R2 etc. He’s not John Peel, he’s just a guy at the back end of his career trying to make pay days when he can,’ they began.

‘He’s a mid tier Britpop band still selling out half decent sized halls, not arenas, and that’s ok.’

They continued: ‘Coincidentally, speaking of Peel, when he started at R1 in the 90s Peel called him “DLT in waiting.” Moyles response was that Peel was, “Kenny Everett-in-waiting, because Kenny Everetts dead and it’s only a matter of time before John pops his clogs”.

‘Using “it’s just banter” as an excuse he’s said much worse things than slagging off unsigned bands.’

Hardwicke Circus also said the comments from Chris were ‘shocking.’

‘Don’t call yourself a DJ when you’re not interested in discovering new music,’ they blasted.

‘Outed yourself once again as a completely insipid half-wit.’


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