BBC Scotland’s TUNE | Creation & Production | Guest: Lori Duncan 🎬

Bitesize chunks of information about the music industry

Demystify ✨ Inspire ✨ Educate ✨ Celebrate

As the leaves fall, nestle your ears into, and treat your mind to some bodacious babes.

What we talk about.

✨ Working as a freelancer in production (learning yourself to self-shoot, edit, etc.)

✨ Our love of Arlo Parks

Dedicating your life to work is not everything — when you burn out, take time, realise you can do something different

Ashtanga Yoga — help you balance of mind and body, great help in a fast-paced industry. Body Mind connection. In the industry end up taking on a lot

✨To remember that being a freelancer and being unemployed does not mean you are worthless


My guest.

Lori Duncan Allan

Producer & Co-Creato
BBC Radio Scotland TUNE

Currently, Lori produces BBC Scotland’s TUNE which she co-created with Ally McCrae.

Before that she was Freelance for music and TV for around 12 years previously (including working on Later…with Jools Holland, Glastonbury, Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Top of the Pops) and at record labels including Sony Canada and Island Records in the UK

✨ Lori was on the SAY (Scottish Album of the Year) Awards judging panel last 2019

✨ Lori is also an associate lecturer in Commercial music at UWS, where she graduated with a first-class honours degree in the subject in 2007

✨She is in the midst of doing a 200 hours teacher training course @seasonalyoga


TUNE is a TV and online platform, created by Lori and Ally McCrea, to capture Scotland’s passion for live music across all genres. With an aim to Champion artists and genres that are not necessarily talked about in mainstream media and reflecting what people are listening to in Scotland.

✨ The main TUNE production team is all female and they do a lot of self-shooting by the team and they edit on Premiere.

✨ Two slots a month on iPlayer (live sessions, gigs, documentaries, and stories) and have recorded with The Vaccines, Chvrches, Lewis Capaldi (took him up a hill in Bathgate for the pilot session) and filmed with new artist with Lizzi Reid, Zoe Graham, Peat & Diesel (from Stornaway)

Filmed by a production company called Forest of Black

Director Oscar Sansom @OscarSansom

Presented by Kerr Okan frontman of The Lafontaines


The only way to learn is to do it

✨ Identify what kind of programs you want to make and understand what you are driven by and approach those people/ independent production companies (go through credits). Think: What do I want to make? What do I want to say?

✨ You do not need to be a specialist

✨ There are no shortcuts, be open to opportunities, as you never know where you are going to end up


Hilary Whitley — TV producer

Alison Howe — Later… With Jools Holland

Stephanie McWhinnie — Music TV Producer (Glasto, Top of the pops)

Fiona Jones — Researcher that also shoots and edits, TUNE

Rachel Coburn — Director that also shoots and edits, TUNE

Susie Sandilands — Senior producer of the short-form team at BBC Scotland

Ainsley Bowman — Director @ainsleymbowman

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