- Mary Anne Hobbs
Mary Anne Hobbs Born 16 May 1964
Preston, Lancashire, England
Show Mary Anne Hobbs Station(s) Xfm Time slot
19:00 - 22:00 Saturday20:00 - 23:00 Monday - Thursday
Style DJ (dubstep, grime, hip hop, drum and bass, techno, experimental) Country United Kingdom Website Mary Anne Hobbs
In the 1980s, Hobbs lived on a bus in a carpark in Hayes, Hillingdon with the hard rock band Heretic before becoming a journalist for Sounds Magazine at age 19. She later went to work for the NME before going on to help found Loaded Magazine. While with the NME she served as a freelance U.K. music news correspondent in Canada on CBC Radio One, filing a weekly report for a program called The Beat. This contributed to her big break in radio with BBC GLR, working alongside Mark Lamarr.
She then worked at XFM before being headhunted by BBC Radio 1 after a confrontational interview on XFM with Radio 1's Trevor Dann. She shot a TV series about global biker culture 'Mary Anne's Bikes' in Japan, America, Russia, India, and Europe for BBC Choice & BBC World in 2003, and presented the World Superbikes series 2005 for British Eurosport. She also compèred the Leeds Festival between 1999 and 2003.
A fan of rock, metal (and with a love of motorbikes) from an early age, Hobbs fronted the Radio 1 Rock Show and the experimental / electronic Breezeblock on BBC Radio 1 for fourteen years. In September 2006 the Breezeblock name was dropped for the title 'Experimental'. Most recently, Hobbs has been a notable champion of the dubstep and grime genres. Her 2 hour special 'Dubstep Warz' on BBC Radio 1 in January 2006 is considered the global tipping point for the dubstep sound. She released a groundbreaking dark electronic compilation album on Planet Mu records entitled Warrior Dubz in October 2006, drawing the sonic parallels between dubstep, grime, dark dancefloor, techno, d&b and hip hop. In June 2007, Hobbs curated the UK Dubstep showcase at the Sónar festival with Skream, Oris Jay and Kode9, taking the sound out of club environments and onto an international festival stage in front of 8,500 people for the very first time. On 7 February 2008 the "Dubstep Souljahs" documentary she made for BBC Radio 1 aired inside Pete Tong's In New Music We Trust show. Her second compilation album, Evangeline, was released on 16 June 2008 on Planet Mu records. This coincided with her second Sonar Festival Stage featuring Shackleton, Flying Lotus and Mala from Digital Mystikz. In 2009 she returned to the festival with Joker, The Gaslamp Killer and Martyn, and in 2010 again with Flying Lotus and also with new British producers/DJs Roska and Joy Orbison.
On 23 July 2010 Hobbs announced on her Myspace page that she was leaving the BBC. She spent a year mentoring students at University of Sheffield Union of Students.
Mary Anne Hobbs returned to radio in the primetime slot (7-10pm Saturdays) she always coveted on 9 July 2011, broadcasting from Xfm in Manchester. On 5 September 2011 she began hosting the relaunched "Music:Response" show across the xfm network, Monday to Thursday from 8-11pm.
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