Diesel-U-Music 2004 launched in February with the national search for new music talent. Now in its fourth year, Diesel-U-Music has firmly established itself as the UK’s premier unsigned artist – support organisation, aiding real creativity within music at grass roots level.

Diesel-U-Music offers aspiring new music talent the opportunity to work with the likes of NME, Wall of Sound, Fierce Panda, Jockey Slut and DJ Magazine to name but a few, gaining ongoing support and guidance from some of the countries key industry professionals. Previous winners, DJ Yoda, DJ Skully, Magicstar and Tom Vek are good examples of Diesel-U-Music being intrinsic in the nurturing of new artists, and a great launch pad for further development in their music careers.

The winners receive invaluable prizes ranging from: performing at the Diesel-U-Music Awards, performances at other UK and international events, label releases, studio time, management advice and media exposure

The categories represented for 2004 are:

Urban 1 (Hip Hop / R n B)

Urban 2. (Drum and Bass / Garage)

Dance (DJ compilation mix)




2004 welcomes the strongest partnerships to date, with the UK’s most respected independent labels, publications and organisations all working together to develop and support Britain’s new music talent through Diesel-U-Music.

The Partners:

ATM, Bad Magic, DJ Magazine, e-Jay, Fierce Panda, FX Rentals, The Band Agency/ In The City, Trust the DJ, The Hospital, Jockey Slut, McKenzie Group, Music Managers Forum, NME, SFH UK, Sleaze, Tense Magazine, Tummy Touch, Wall of Sound and Vital.


Media support will be provided by Channel 4 for 4Music programming

Additional awards will be presented at the ceremony in July for Lifetime Achievement and Outstanding Contribution to music. Previous winners include: the legendary Isaac Hayes, Coldcut, Michael Eavis and Jazzie B.

How To Enter

Record your demo on a digital format (CD, DAT, Mini disc) or VHS or Mini DV if you’re a VJ. Demos should be all original material and no more than six minutes in duration per track (excluding the Dance category for DJ mixes), with a maximum of three tracks


(If you do not already have a copy of the Adobe Acrobat Reader,rnyou can download a free copy of the Adobe Acrobat Reader from Adobe’s home-page)

You then have the option of posting the entry form with your entry to Diesel-U-Music, 55 Argyle St, London, WC1H 8EF or submitting your entry form online with an MP3 attachment of your material.
The closing date for submissions is 30th April 2004

Previous Diesel-U-Music winners

There have been great success stories to date with previous winners writing, recording, producing and performing music in the UK and abroad:

DJ Yoda – Winner of 2001 Scratch DJ Award has fast become one of the UK’s biggest Hip Hop club DJ’s. In September 2002 he was named one of the “10 DJs You Must See Before You Die” by Q Magazine, along with Fatboy Slim and Paul Oakenfold.

DJ Yoda has just released his third CD in his increasingly popular, ‘How To Cut and Paste’ series.

Tom Vek – Souvenir (AKA Tom Vernon Kell), winner of the 2001 Electronic Award has released his first album on Tummy Touch and is currently working on his second.

Magikstar – Winner of the 2002 U-Music Breaks Award, has since impressively produced tracks for Bjork and Sting and is in talks with Madonna. All of this and a radio show on Galaxy under his belt within 1 year of his Diesel-U-Music achievement.

The Hordes- Winners of the 2003 Rock and Live Act Award have been busy in the recording studio with producer Paul Freegard (Siouxie and The Banshees and Depeche Mode), working on new material for release mid-2004.


“The music industry just want the flavour of the month, they’re looking at sales and how much money they can make. Diesel-U-Music gives the new artists something to look forward to and the opportunity to do their own thing.

We need to make sure that the work is out there for these young people; we need to make sure that the music comes from the heart. Diesel-U-Music honoured me and now I want to say that they’re doing it right, and I say…. keep on doing it.”

Isaac Hayes –Winner of Lifetime Achievement Award 2003

“It isn’t about receiving an award, it’s about the whole Diesel-U-Music concept. It recognises the longevity of underground music and it’s about time someone did this to support that.”


“People should be given an opportunity like this. Projects like this offer essential support to aspiring musicians. We had to do gigs for years and years before people really started listening to us, and gradually we started making a difference. Imagine being here as an unsigned act performing in London, in front of all these people –it must be great.”

Electric Soft Parade at the Diesel-U-Music 2003 Awards

“Music projects like this actually helps musicians get somewhere, as opposed to sending demos out for years. Diesel -U-Music reaches out to new artists and supports them, helps them develop, which is really important.”

Arthur Baker