Joe and myself are planning a live event towards the end of this year to celebrate 20 years of ‘professional’ poncing about. We’ll make a more detailed announcement in the next few weeks.

As there will be an AV component to the evening (still in early planning stages!) I thought it would be good to get a few short videos made to go with some of the old Adam & Joe 6 Music jingles. As the jingles vary in length from around 5 to 45 seconds, I thought that it might be realistic to hope some of you might have time to produce something in the next couple of months.

If you’re interested, send me a message on this blog (via the comments section -- your comment will not be posted without being approved) with some links to your work and if it seems like a good fit we’ll send along a set of jingles for you to chose from and commission you to make something for the show.

If you make a film that ends up being shown, we’ll invite you along as our guest, give you free drinks and hugs and let as many people as possible know of your genius. We’ll also pay you for your time, though the fee should not be your primary motivation here! Profits from the evening will be going to charity so while we don’t want to rip anyone off, nobody’s going to get rich off this event.


This post has been amended after some responses from a couple of people expressing concern that we’re essentially expecting artists to provide us with free content for our show. As I explained to those people, the idea was simply to get old listeners involved in this live event in some way that wouldn’t be too great a drain on their time and to cast the net wide in the process, rather than simply approaching artists I have worked with in the past. It was always the plan to remunerate anyone whose work actually ended up being used but I didn’t want to flag that to begin with as I thought it would be better if people got involved for the fun of it rather than for a pay cheque. I appreciate that may have been naive.

So to be clear, we will pay people a small fee if their work is selected for use on the night. However as we have no real way of knowing which videos are going to work best you will have to work on spec. If that doesn’t sound good to you, we totally understand and thank you very much for your interest.

Well, that was a very dreary paragraph but worth clarifying and I hope that now makes a little more sense!

In the meantime, here’s Chris Salt’s winning entry from the Video Wars competition we did back at 6 Music. Since then I’ve collaborated with Chris on a couple of little films and commissioned him to make a piece that is now part of the BUG Bowie special that’s currently travelling around the place. As far as I’m aware he doesn’t feel exploited but perhaps I’ve just never asked him. Chris?

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Posted by: Adam on @ 11:25 am


  • Yes, I watched a bit of that discussion unfolding on Twitter. For my part, I don’t feel exploited, no. Despite your consistently high quality standards and rigid professionalism, there’s always been a bit of a DIY feel to Adam and Joe stuff, like you’re watching a couple of mates mucking about. Knocking up a bit of animation feels more like joining in than being taken advantage of.

    It’s a difficult line to walk though. Being a hobbyist, I’m pretty much doing something I’d be doing for fun anyway. If I was relying on animation to pay the bills, I might have a different perspective. I realise that this makes me a part of the problem.

    Comment by Chris Salt — October 5, 2016 @ 5:53 pm

  • I don’t think you’re part of the problem at all Chris.

    The problem is that the only way to earn big money in animation is when you are working for a (probably commercial) client, who inevitably has expectations and limits of their own. Therefore, sadly, most creativity ends up down the toilet along with the souls of everyone involved.

    If I have free time (which until now is seldom) then I jump at chances like this for causes I respect, because they tend to remind me why I became an animator in the first place – because given the right ingredients and freedom, its a lotta lotta fun. It’s great to earn money of course, but with that comes expectation and pressure once more. So actually, screw it – I prefer to do stuff for free! (please don’t tell anyone).

    Comment by Daniel Hope — October 7, 2016 @ 10:45 am

  • It’s the case in most creative pursuits sadly – If you want to make money then in most cases you have to sell out occasionally. But if you do that in order to have the freedom to make the things you want to make then to me it’s a justifiable compromise.

    Comment by Daniel Hope — October 7, 2016 @ 11:11 am

  • Maybe you can include a Bronhom update, with his new role in a bizarre ad for an Indian chewing product, which has been widely mocked in India:

    (It’s a good thing he isn’t living heeeeeeeeeeere!!!)

    Comment by Bronhom — October 7, 2016 @ 2:09 pm

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