April 23, 2020

Tiny Desk Creator Says Root Of His Passion Is Introducing Promising, Lesser-Known Artists


Bob Boilen - Doby Photography/NPR

Bob Boilen

Doby Photography/NPR

Taylor Swift, Harry Styles and Lizzo are just a few of the big names to play NPR’s Tiny Desk. But, the creator of the series says that while the big names are fun, the root of his passion is introducing his audience to promising, lesser-known artists.

The Tiny Desk Contest does just that -- anyone may submit a sample of their work. WFYI’s Melissa Davis talks with NPR Music’s Bob Boilen about the contest and its origin.

The Tiny Desk Contest is looking for entries from unsigned bands across the country -- the deadline to enter is Monday. So, while you’re quarantined, maybe it’s the right time to go solo – record your original song, while practicing social distancing, at your own tiny desk -- and send the entry NPR’s way.

We’ll see the entry at WFYI, and you might also play a WFYI Small Studio Session.

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