Huw Stephens

Radio Presenter BBC Radio 1

Jury member from the UK

Huw Stephens joined Radio 1 in 1999, becoming their youngest ever presenter. He continues to present on Radio 1, as well as on BBC Radio Cymru, BBC 6 Music, World Service and the Glastonbury coverage for the BBC.

Huw co-established Cardiff’s grassroots music celebration Sŵn festival in 2007, and the Welsh Music Prize. He works closely with BBC Introducing, runs a monthly live music night in London and curates a stage at Latitude festival. Huw has hosted the NME Awards, the Bafta Cymru Awards, and has an Honorary Degree from the Open University.

To get to know Huw Stephens as a jury member, we’ve asked him a couple of questions about European music nowadays.

What’s your opinion on the European music scene?
It’s why I love Eurosonic; a new year and a lot of new music, from across Europe. Touring and live music are more important than ever now, and so the scene is full of creativity and hard working artists. That makes for a varied, healthy scene.

What do you search for in new European music? 
A freshness. Something that sounds organic and real, interesting and stimulating.

What is your favourite music genre? 
Seeing a great rock band giving it their all on stage is brilliant. But seeing a band doing something different, something challenging and exciting will stay with you forever.

What should emerging artists know about the music business?
That, ultimately, you have to make music because you love it more than anything else. A band like Idles worked hard for years before breaking through. The idea of immediate success is not always a good idea. Hard work definitely does pay off.