"If you've got confidence that what you're doing is good and you feel it's a genuine expression, there's always a way to make it work." Photo of Matt Black by Martin Steinmetz

"If you've got confidence that what you're doing is good and you feel it's a genuine expression, there's always a way to make it work." Photo of Matt Black by Martin Steinmetz

"If you've got confidence that what you're doing is good and you feel it's a genuine expression, there's always a way to make it work." Photo of Matt Black by Martin Steinmetz

Matt Black, co-founder of record label Ninja Tune, spoke to Martin Steinmetz of the British Council's office in Germany about the label's success over the years.

'The next ten years we will get to carry on supporting music that is experimental and original and is heartfelt and has a lot of integrity.' Image used with permission.

'The next ten years we will get to carry on supporting music that is experimental and original and is heartfelt and has a lot of integrity.' Image used with permission.

'The next ten years we will get to carry on supporting music that is experimental and original and is heartfelt and has a lot of integrity.' Image used with permission.

The record label Full Time Hobby formed ten years ago and went on to sign original acts such as Malcolm Middleton and Erland And The Carnival. Our Selector radio team spoke to Nigel, who co-founded the label, about how indie labels can help 'increase the musical gene pool'. Scroll down to hear the show

'The good thing about Nottingham for music inspiration was the amount of bands going through the city.' Photo of Childhood, used with permission.

'The good thing about Nottingham for music inspiration was the amount of bands going through the city.' Photo of Childhood, used with permission.

'The good thing about Nottingham for music inspiration was the amount of bands going through the city.' Photo of Childhood, used with permission.

The London band Childhood, who met at Nottingham university, were in session for The Selector, our global radio show for new UK music. Listen to two live session tracks from the album 'Lacuna'.

The young Palestinian filmmakers spent hours interviewing people on the streets of Ramallah (Photo by tgraham under Creative Commons licence).

The young Palestinian filmmakers spent hours interviewing people on the streets of Ramallah (Photo by tgraham under Creative Commons licence).

The young Palestinian filmmakers spent hours interviewing people on the streets of Ramallah (Photo by tgraham under Creative Commons licence).

What's it like to live in the West Bank? A series of short films produced by young Palestinians gives a rare glimpse into everyday life in Ramallah. Suha Khuffash of the British Council explains.

'I tend to write by starting with an idea, then I add to it and build on it and structure it all at the same time.' Photo by Rob Blackham, used with kind permission.

'I tend to write by starting with an idea, then I add to it and build on it and structure it all at the same time.' Photo by Rob Blackham, used with kind permission.

'I tend to write by starting with an idea, then I add to it and build on it and structure it all at the same time.' Photo by Rob Blackham, used with kind permission.

Tom the Lion, whose debut album Sleep was mostly created in a bedroom studio over two years, tells us about his process for writing music. Listen to two of the songs from the album recorded for The Selector, our global radio show for new UK music.