Industry Masters: BBC 1Xtra


BBC 1Xtra are at the fore front of every new Urban & Dance genre, keeping the UK and world up to date since 2002.

Nearly 14 years ago at 18:00 on the 16 August 2002, we listened to the birth of one of the best radio stations in the world. The sister station to the world famous Radio 1, 1Xtra set out to play music that wasn’t being fully represented on any other commercial station.

HipHop, R&B, Soul, Garage, Grime, D&B, House, Dance, Reggae, Bashment amongst countless other genres have been championed and pushed to the maximum by 1Xtra DJs, and production staff.

Back in 2002 digital dab radios were not as cheap as they are now and the internet wasn’t an integral part of our day to day lives as it evidently is now. So for myself i used to dream about listening to 1Xtra before i bought my first digital radio i used to rely on tapes, cd’s and gossip for all the latest from the station. At the time nothing else in the UK quite had the wide reaching appeal that 1Xtra did. A very bold, brave and well executed plan from the BBC to do something different, that paid off endlessly giving the UK the perfect soundtrack from 2002 which effortlessly continues into 2016 and beyond.

Without a shadow of a doubt they have one of the best rosters of DJ’s and presenters and day to day the station gives us the full low down on everything from HipHop to House. If you want to get up to date with what is hot in music then you know the station you should be listening to.

As a BBC network station they naturally have strict rules and guidelines to follow. They have to cover the right balance of new music, news, features, guest spots along with representing the latest trends in music. Although at times they may face some criticism the balance they manage to achieve is second to none and as close to flawless as possible.

During the day 1Xtra is similar to a standard commercial radio station that works with a set playlist. That said though the playlist will cover R&B, HipHop, House, Dance, Garage, Soul etc as well as some classic oldskool anthems. As soon as the clock hits 19.00 it all changes as during the week Mista Jam takes over giving you “The Key To The Underground”, then from 22.00 we are treated to the specialist shows giving us the latest from the leading DJs from each genre.

They played an integral part in giving the world Dubstep and putting Grime on to the map amongst countless other genres. They give their listenership the best music from right across the board, all delivered with quality presenting, features, guest spots and above all else quality radio.

Friday and Saturday nights find Radio One and 1Xtra holding hands and coming together, as they both broadcast on the same frequency hitting the maximum amount of listeners across the UK and the world. Never one to miss a step they have given us countless hours of timeless radio, guest interviews, live lounge sessions, Maida Vale sessions as well as representing at all of the big weekenders and reporting from all the key festivals from around the world. Always delivering the best possible range of music and music experiences to their vast and varied listenership.

Some of the biggest and best DJs the UK has ever had, have all held down radio shows and represented their chosen genre to the maximum extent on the station. So whether you wake up with Twin B and Yasmin Evans, have a green tea whilst listening to Trevor Nelson, drive home with Charlie Sloth, unwind with Mista Jam, or stay up late with the specialists Sian Anderson, Semtex, Benji B, Target etc or tune into the weekend shows.

1Xtra has held the torch for every genre from HipHop through to dancehall and that torch continues to shine brightly in 2016 and beyond.

They have put in the work, continue to put in the work and without a doubt are heavyweight industry masters.

Tune in to BBC 1Xtra from your dab radio, smart phone, or digital TV.


Author: DJ Myme

DJ Myme is a Turntablist, DJ Tutor, Party Rocker, Mix Cd DJ, Radio presenter, a life long music fan and all round positive guy. I was pretty much born and bred on music. Everything from Soul, Jazz, Classical, Rock, Pop you name it, it was on the stereo when I was growing up. I got into HipHop in 93/94 and the rest as they say is history! From a long haired skateboard kid growing up in Glastonbury, via Edinburgh for a few years. Now making moves in London for the last ten years and counting. My journey has been fuelled by music. I have been DJ'ing for the best part of ten years, starting of as a DMC battle DJ after smashing my way through the Scottish DMC finals, through to the London DMC finals. I turned my hand to mix cds, then radio, as well as tearing up dance floors from Edinburgh to London town then back again. Sharing the stage with everyone from Trevor Nelson to Cutmaster Swift along the way. I have passed my knowledge and skills on as a DJ tutor and I was the scratch DJ for Sky Sports, for their weekly football show "Premier League Preview". My blog here is to keep you up to date with the latest news from the urban world, reviews, write ups, features. As well as positive, mindful blogs, tell a friend to tell a friend. Beats, Rhymes and Life. Peace, Peace DJ Myme.

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