Mary Anne Hobbs celebrated the 15th anniversary of the seminal Breezeblock broadcast on her BBC Radio 6 Music show earlier today.
Hobbs’ influential Dubstep Warz show aired on the BBC Radio 1 airwaves 15 years ago this month. Today (6 January) she celebrated the occasion with a reflective edition on her BBC Radio 6 Music show.
Across today’s two-and-a-half-hour show, the industry veteran played tunes from some of the influential artists who joined her on the original Breezeblock broadcast, such as Skream and Mala, and shared fond memories and personal anecdotes. She described dubstep as “the music that changed my life.”
15 years ago i made ‘Dubstep Warz’ @BBCR1
7 Artists from a young London scene changed the world of electronic music forever in that moment..
Kode9 & The Spaceape
— maryanne hobbs (@maryannehobbs) January 6, 2021
Back in 2011, Hobbs uploaded the Dubstep Warz show to Mixcloud and wrote, “This show marked the global tipping point for the dubstep sound. Mala, Skream, Kode 9 & The Spaceape, Vex’d, Hatcha & Crazy D, Loefah & Sgt Pokes and Distance changed the world of global dance music forever. Dubstep Warz still sounds as vital, as primal and as thrilling as the night we threw it down.. it brings tears to my eyes. If, as a broadcaster, you can deliver one show with the cultural & historical impact of this one in a lifetime.. it’s a miracle..”
Head here to listen to Dubstep Warz at 15.