In the first installment of our new interview series Wireless, Dubspot instructor, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Raz Mesinai better known as Badawi talks with established and rising musicians and DJs. In this premier episode, Raz talks with renowned radio host, music journalist, DJ and international champion of experimental music Mary Anne Hobbs, who recently stopped by Dubspot HQ for a workshop and discussion, where she offered incredible advice. The treasured radio DJ and music journalist has relentlessly supported and showcased a wide range of experimental and electronic dance music for nearly two decades, from grime and dustup to hip hop, house, and techno. MAH recently left BBC Radio 1 and is scheduled to start hosting a new weekly show on Xfm June 9. This interview was conducted during the NYC stop of Mary Anne Hobbs’ The Road Warrior Tour in April which also featured rising electronic music artists Lorn, Take, Gonja Sufi (and surprised guest appearances from Kode9, Terror Danjah, Roska, and Mike Slott.) Badawi talks to MAH about her influences, the beginning stages of her radio career; the formative years of UK club and DJ culture and the significant contributions and roles clubnights and labels like Goldie’s Metalheadz, Digital Mystikz’s DMZ, and FWD; the legendary Dub War party she played alongside Pinch and residents Dave Q and Joe Nice.
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