Mary Anne Hobbs

Thu 02.00-04.00

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Mary Anne's Biography

Radio 1 firebrand at the helm of the pioneering experimental electronic show Tuesday night / Wednesday morning 2.00-4.00am(formerly known as the Breezeblock). Pushing next generation dubstep, grime, drum&bass, hip-hop, techno, dark dancefloor and radical electronic flavours in every form .

Here are just a handful of guests on the show... Flying Lotus, The Beastie Boys, Kode 9 & The Spaceape, Bjork, Burial, Matt Groening, Squarepusher, Skream, The Mighty Boosh, Richie Hawtin, Digital Mystikz, Ricardo Villalobos, Oris Jay, Amon Tobin, Shackleton, Skepta, Jeff Mills, Benga, LFO, Breakage, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Trentmoller, Vex'd, The Bug & Warrior Queen, Klute, Remarc, Rustie, Rhythm& Sound, Wiley, Chris Morris, Santogold, Pinch, Doc Scott, Murcof, Hudson Mo, Justice, Kano, Loefah, Calibre & DRS, LTJ Bukem, Bulllion, Cannibal Ox, Andy Stott, Surgeon, Ben Frost, Distance, Radiohead, Martyn, Tor, N-Type, Bad Company, Ghetto, Roots Manuva, Venitian Snares, Chimpmnk, Ed Rush & Optical, Andrea Parker, Metallica, Headhunter, Mixmaster Mike, Scorn, Drop The Lime, Photek, Vaccine, Mike Patton, Spank Rock, Boxcutter, Alex Smoke, Irration Steppas, Bizzy B, Team Doyobi, Kool Kieth, Autechre.

Her 'Dubstep Warz' show for Radio1 in January 2006 is widely regarded at the show that broke the dubstep sound globally... and she follows this in August 2008 with the 'Generation Bass' special curated at her invitation by the original Dubstep Warz DJs. Mary Anne released a definitive underground compilation album in June 2008 'Evangeline' on the Planet Mu label, featuring exclusive dubs from some of her favourite artists operating on the electronic underground scenes she supports, following her notorious debut for the label 'Warrior Dubz' in October 2006.

Mary Anne curated her 2nd stage for BBC Radio1 Sonar Festival in June 2008, featuring Mala, Flying Lotus and Shackleton... following the historic UK Dubstep Showcase at Sonar Festival in 2007 taking the sound out of small humid clubs for the very first time and onto an international festival stage infront of 8.5 thousand people plus with Skream, Oris Jay and Kode 9 & The Spaceape..

Mary Anne left school at the age of 16 and went to work in an egg packing factory for the princely sum of £39 per week. She quickly ran away to London with a hard rock band, while working as their lighting engineer, record sleeve artist, wardrobe designer and mechanic. Her great ambition was to become a music journalist, so produced her own fanzine - Krush. She sent a couple of issues along with a CV to the Editor of Sounds music paper and landed a job with them at the age of 19. 

At 21, having been profoundly influenced by a snapshot of Metallica, Mary Anne sold all her worldly goods and bought a one-way ticket to Hollywood, where she lived in a garden shed. She spent a year as Sounds US correspondent in the dark underbelly of LA writing about the fledgling thrash metal scene, Jane’s Addiction, Guns N' Roses et al. At Sounds Mary Anne met fellow teenager James Brown (legendary writer and publisher, not the Godfather of soul) who became a lifelong friend.

James moved to NME as Features Editor and when Mary Anne returned to London from LA, he promptly asked her to work with him at NME. Mary Anne spent three years on the newsdesk and as a major feature writer on cover stories on artists from Ice Cube to Nirvana...

She went on with James Brown to form part of the original team he put together to launch Loaded magazine. She worked there as Music Editor, and also writing major undercover stories. Mary Anne got her break in radio at BBC GLR on Sunday mornings alongside Mark Lamarr. She presented groundbreaking shows on XFM during their trail broadcasts, which helped to win their licence.

She was brought into Radio 1 in 1997 after an interview with Radio 1's then Head Of Production (Trevor Dann) found the desk of the Controller of the day, Matthew Bannister. Mary Anne's time at Radio 1 has seen her host shows from all the major award ceremonies: Q, NME, Brits, Kerrang, Mercury Music Prize, and make documentaries about artists as diverse as David Bowie, Slipknot and The Sex Pistols.

She championed comedy god Ricky Gervais in his pre-Office days, hosted a movie review show with Mark Kermode called Cling Film and founded and fronted the award-winning Radio 1 Rock Show for five years.
Mary Anne can ride any motorcycle and this has led to TV work,

She has hosted a season of live coverage of the ‘World Superbike Championship’ for British Eurosport in 200 5. Mary Anne also made a series about global biker culture in India, Russia, Japan, the US and Europe for BBC Choice called ‘Mary Anne's Bikes’ , fronted 27 hours of live coverage at Glastonbury Festival for the BBC, and has guested on everything from BBC2’s ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’ to ‘John Peel’s Record Box’ for Channel4.

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