Today is a sad day as Annie Mac is leaving Radio 1 after 17 years at the station. So we say goodbye to somebody who has soundtracked our lives for such a long time, from raves to the latest greatest hits, Annie curated a wide range of music from different genres. With her 'Hottest Record' section, she has raised up phenomenal talent and her taste in selecting music has been unrivalled on Radio 1.
Annie originally joined the station back in 2002 as a production assistant and landed her first solo show Annie Mac's Mashup in 2004. Since 2015 she has been running her Future Sounds show and the first-ever artist she played on it was Wolf Alice, which was when people started to see Annie more as an eclectic curator than being known as a dance music lover.
Her interview style is deeply admirable, they're all conversational and she has such an open approachability, you can tell that she puts these world-renowned stars at such ease and that always makes for a rewarding experience for the listeners. A constant supporter of new music from the grassroots level to the most famous stars, she's carved out her space as simply being a music lover to great effect.
Alongside her work in radio, she's also been a hugely successful touring DJ, hopping between the biggest festival lineups every summer as a name in demand. She also started her huge nights Annie Mac Presents: where she curates a lineup of talent and has also been hosting a festival of electronic music over in Malta.
So we say thank you to Annie Mac, thank you for soundtracking our late night drives, our pre-party playlists and introducing us to some of our favourite artists. Her name will go down in history as one of the most important radio DJs of all time. We can't wait to see what she'll do next.
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Header Image credit: Annie Mac