The Legacy of Channel U
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On Friday 15th July, news broke of the passing of that Darren Platt, founder of Channel U and an integral part of shaping modern UK music. His platform, in taking grime to a larger audience, helped to launch the careers of many UK artists from Tinchy Stryder and Chipmunk to Big Narstie and Ghetts.
Platt once remarked: "Our pirate radio spirit allows budding UK artists to have their home made videos aired". The channel played around the clock clips, showcasing some of the best home-grown talent. In spite of the often-good music, a lot of the visuals were budget because, at the time, that’s the best many of the aspiring artists could do. However, this was a mark of innovation from individuals who exhibited the same chutzpah as mega moguls Jay-Z and Diddy - who have gone out and ‘got things done’. For instance, N Dubz got a massive break via Channel U with their song and budget video ‘You Better Not Waste My Time’ before Polydor Records snapped them up a few years later and released the track a single, shooting the video again.
RIP Darren Platt.. Channel U has and will always be a ting! Growing up I watched it, now my music videos are on there, God bless— #SKWOD (@nadiarosemusic) July 15, 2016
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