British musician Nia Archives has been crowned BBC Music Introducing Artist of The Year in 2022, making her the first electronic artist to receive this coveted accolade since its inception in 2014.
Nia wrote in an Instagram post, “i remember when i was 17 livin in manny i used 2 always upload my tunes on bbc intro n my first radio play was by @jiszatt with sober feels in 2020 🙂 feels so full circle, thank u.”
BBC DJs Roesh and Jaguar presented her with the award last week. “We are INSANELY hyped to reveal this years Introducing Artist of the Year – the unreal talent that is Leeds’ @archives_nia,” stated BBC Introducing while sharing the news. Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jack Garratt, Izzy Bizu, Declan McKenna, Tom Grennan, Celeste, Arlo Parks, and Self Esteem are the previously titled ‘Artist of the Year’ artists.
Despite entering the music scene at a young age, Nia Archives has been synonymous with the resurrection of jungle music. The 22-year-old DJ, producer, singer and songwriter from Leeds rose to popularity with her 2020 single ‘Sober Feels.’ Since then, she has released EPs ‘Headz Gone West’ and ‘Forbidden Feelingz’ in 2021 and 2022, respectively. ‘Baianá,’ a Brazilian-influenced track, is Nia’s latest release that came out in September 2022.
BBC Introducing is a platform created by BBC Radio to provide a space for emerging, unsigned, and undiscovered talents in the UK and help them launch careers as musicians. Artists can upload their music to the BBC Introducing website, some of which are selected for local or national radio airplay, including BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, 6 Music and the Asian Network. Certain artists are also given the opportunity to play at festivals like Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds, and BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend.