the tracks that changed annie mac's life

Guns N Roses, Blind Melon and Van Morrison... this is the music that made Annie Mac the person she is today.

by James Hutchins
15 October 2015, 8:45am

Ask anyone who the biggest radio DJ in the UK is now and you're most likely to hear the name Annie Mac. A globetrotting broadcasting powerhouse in her own right, Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 presence is felt worldwide. Never lifting her ear off the ground, Annie's unrivalled intuition for new talent and music is unfaltering. Recently releasing the latest edition to her Annie Mac Presents compilation series (featuring killer tracks from the likes of Disclosure, SG Lewis, George Fitzgerald and The Chemical Brothers), the Dublin born broadcaster and curator still holds down one of the most hectic gig schedules, running her AMP festival 'Lost and Found' in Malta whilst still keeping it real with the school-run massive. Having just announced another AMP UK tour kicking off on 30th September Southampton and dropping the line-up for 2016's Lost and Found, we asked Annie to provide a little insight as into the songs that have soundtracked moments in her life. … 

What was the first record you bought?
Guns N Roses, Use Your Illusions I and II on double cassette.

What song reminds you of your mum?
James Taylor, You've Got A Friend

What song reminds you of school?
Fred Wesley, House Party

The song you want played at your funeral?
Van Morrison, Sweet Thing 

The song you gave birth to (or intended to!)
Chilly Gonzales, Solo Piano II - I got through the album twice and then my son arrived.

What song has the best intro ever?
Adam F feat Redman, Smash Sumthin - IGOR IS ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!

Is there a lyric of a song that has always resonated with you?
From Blind Melon, Change - "Keep on dreaming boy, cos when you stop dreaming it's time to die"

Was there a song that made you fall in love with electronic music?

Was there a producer, DJ or song that sparked your interest in DJing?
It was DJ Sneak playing Armand Van Helden, U Don't Know Meat Shine in Belfast. That was a turning point. Also, Daft Punk, Burnin.

Can you remember the first song (that you picked) to play on Radio 1?
Yes it was High Contrast, RacingGreen.

If you could listen to one artist for the rest of your life who would it be?
Stevie Wonder.

Who is the greatest radio broadcaster of all time?
That's too difficult. My top three are John Peel, Giles Peterson and Mary Anne Hobbs. 

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