I’m Mary Anne Hobbs and this is my blog.. I post about things that fascinate me here.
Here’s a brief biography:
I host the Weekend Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast Saturdays and Sundays, 7am – 10am.
I left school at 16 and went to work in an egg packing factory for the princely sum of £39 per week. At 18 I ran away to London and lived on a bus in a carpark for a year with a rock band called Heretic, and published my own fanzine Krush.
At 19 I was hired as a freelance writer for Sounds music paper, and promptly bought a ticket to Hollywood where I lived in a garden shed for a year writing about the dark underbelly of the West Coast rock scene. On my return to the UK, NME invited me to work for them as News Editor and writing major features including Nirvana’s first cover story.
I’m probably best known for a multi-dimensional 14 year career at BBC Radio 1.. the Breezeblock which became BBC Radio 1 Experimental, and the Radio 1 Rock Show.
I worked on the soundtrack for Darren Aronofsky and Clint Mansell on their Oscar winning film ‘Black Swan’, and it was nominated for a Grammy.
I’ve toured the world as a live DJ for the last 7 years, playing to my biggest crowd of 15,000 people at Sonar festival in Barcelona. It’s one of the many international festivals at which I’ve also curated.
I worked for the academic year of 2010/11 as Media Development Coordinator at Sheffield University, mentoring 700 students involved with the Student Union’s Forge Media, re-configuring their Radio, TV, Online and Press department.
I was part of the original team that won a Licence for Xfm, and I returned in 2011 for a 14 month tenure, where I was nominated for ‘Best Specialist Show’ at the Sony and Arqiva Awards 2012, and made history by winning a Primetime platform for the underground electronic music I love.
I’ve also worked on many TV shows, including Passengers, John Peel’s Record Box, and a global biker-culture series for the BBC ‘Mary Anne’s Bikes’.
I can ride any motorcycle you care to park in front of me.
My 2012 TED Talk on ‘Passion’ is here: