Despite it’s reputation as an ancient entertainment system, radio is still very much alive and well. Thanks to the likes of Zane Lowe and Steve Lamacq, radio has been secured as an invaluable source of new music and will, hopefully, continue to be so for generations to come.
Looking forward, the stars of radio are already in circulation. They might not be John Peel levels of legendary but they are well on the way to being. Check out these six microphone mavericks paving the future of music.
The most impressive of the Adenuga children and that’s saying something: her brothers are JME and Skepta. Julie is hailed as the undisputed champion of underground radio and has taken her throne as one of the forerunners of Beats 1 radio. Playing a mix of RnB, Hip-Hop and soul – Adenuga’s show is not one to be missed, let alone ignored.
2. James Blake
This one is a bit of a cheat, James Blake’s time on air is technically part of a Radio 1 residency, but that shouldn’t discount him. His expertise in production make for beautiful links while Blake’s encyclopaedic knowledge of all things jazz, electronic and rap make for one of the most diverse and vibrant track lists on the airwaves. The only shame is that his shows are so irregular.
The son of John Peel, the greatest to ever do it, Tom Ravenscroft is maintaining the legacy his father left behind. His 6Music show is an in-depth and unapologetic journey through the old and new of alternative music and culture. Far more structured than his father’s but retains the elements of unpredictability that made Peel the icon he is.
4. Huw Stephens
As well as having a top-notch Radio 1 daytime show, Huw’s real platform occurs much later, after the sun has set. This Welsh Wonder gives a platform for the upcoming superstars in the alternative circles. Because of Radio 1’s huge listenership little known artists, like Lorde, can reach the ears of the masses and get the attention they deserve.
Moonlighting as a radio host, Joseph ‘JP’ Patterson is known in the daytime as the Music Editor for the excellent Complex. You can catch JP on Amazing Radio playing the brashest and best in Hip-Hop, Grime, DnB and pretty much anything that makes your ears break and the walls shake.
6. Annie Mac
Taking the reins from Zane Lowe was no easy feat, his dedicated fan-base and fervent followers would have been resistant to anyone taking his 7pm slot – let alone a former dance DJ. Annie Mac has proven herself since, and then some. With an undeniable passion for the art and the ability to form a connection with her audience, we can’t think of anyone better to have followed Lowe’s legacy.