Mary Anne Hobbs
|Mary Anne Hobbs|
16 May 1964 |
Preston, Lancashire, England
|Show||Mary Anne Hobbs|
|Station(s)||BBC Radio 6 Music|
|Time slot||7:00 - 10:00 Saturday & Sunday|
|Style||DJ (dubstep, grime, hip hop, drum and bass, techno, experimental)|
|Website||Mary Anne Hobbs|
Early career 
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. In the early 2000s she narrated the CBBC science series Why 5.
Radio shows 
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'. Hobbs was a notable champion of the dubstep and grime genres and her 2 hour special 'Dubstep Warz' on BBC Radio 1 in January 2006 is considered the global tipping point for the dubstep sound.
Hobbs returned to radio in the primetime slot (7-10pm Saturdays) she always coveted for electronic music 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. On Wednesday 31 October 2012, she announced live on-air and on her Facebook page that she was leaving XFM and the following day.
Hobbs 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. She followed this with two more compilations Evangeline, released in June 2008  and 'Wild Angels' in September 2009.
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. Her second Sonar showcase featured 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. In 2011 she played solo to her biggest ever audience of 15,000 people at Sonar, and in 2012 she created a one-off collaborative 'Decent Into Darkness' performance with techno producer Blawan. She returns solo in 2013 for the festival's 20th anniversary. Hobbs has toured as a live DJ and curated events internationally since 2006.
- Muggs, Joe (12 December 2009). "Mary Anne Hobbs". veryverymuch.com. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
- Muggs, Joe (21 November 2009). "DJ Mary Anne Hobbs". theartsdesk.com. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
- "Why 5". LocateTV. Archived from the original on 7 June 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
- Evangeline playlist, Planet Mu Records.
- Mary Anne Hobbs at BBC Programmes
- Mary Anne Hobbs on Myspace
- Mary Anne Hobbs on Twitter
- Mary Anne Hobbs's channel on YouTube
- Mary Anne Hobbs interview @ VeryVeryMuch