The new interactive music series 'The Raw Sessions' begins on RTÉ Two tonight at 11:45pm.

Presented by recording artist, actor and producer Dez Ryan, 'The Raw Sessions' features eight Irish acts writing, recording and mixing an original single within 12 hours.

Viewers then get to vote for their favourite artist and download their favourite tracks from the show's website, www.therawsessions.ie.

The artists receiving the most votes move to the next round and get the chance to record another new song at Grouse Lodge recording studio in Co Westmeath.

The final will see the remaining acts competing to become the 'Sony Ericsson Artist of the Year'.

The acts taking part are:
Week 1 - Sweet Jane and RSAG
Week 2 - Dirty Epics and Sickboy
Week 3 - Infomatics and Noise Control
Week 4 - Majella Murphy and Hoarsebox
Week 5 - Celebrity charity recording of 'Trouble with a Capital T'
Week 6 - Week 1 and Week 2 Artist Records at Grouse Lodge
Week 7 - Week 3 and Week 4 Artist Records at Grouse Lodge
Week 8 - The Raw Sessions Live Final Event

Proceeds from the download of 'Trouble with a Capital T' will go to the Irish Youth Foundation.

Read an interview with presenter Dez Ryan.

For more details on the series and the celebrity recording, visit: www.therawsessions.ie.