RWDmix 022 // Dobby
Reprezent Radio's Dobby brings the waves with her exclusive new RWDmix...
Our latest RWDmix comes courtesy of Dobby, Reprezent Radio‘s resident wave magician, who presents her Witchezz Brew show every second Tuesday from 9-11pm.
Known for championing a unique blend of future R&B and rare Soundcloud edits, Dobby describes her exclusive RWDmix as a “celebration of the wave”.
Her impeccably curated hour long mix boasts cuts from a broad range of artists including Mura Masa, Mike Skinner, M.I.A, Skepta, Three 6 Mafia and many more.
Listen below, and scroll down to read our insightful Q&A with the rising selector…
How would you describe this mix?
I would describe the mix as a celebration of the wave and of all the wavy people I’ve met in my life.
Its filled with lots of different upbeat vibes that are gonna get you ready for whatever wave you’re on.
Now that we’re half way into the year, what have the highlights of 2017 been for you?
2017 has been such a fantastic year.
I’d say two of my most memorable highlights so far is becoming the resident DJ for Mistajam’s London Jampacked events and playing main stage at Strawberries & Creem festival.
I’ve been a massive fan of Mistajam from before I started my career as a radio broadcaster and DJ so to be asked by him to play at his nights and to be a resident is such a honour for me. Jam is a fantastic mentor and I’m looking forward to what Jampacked has in store for the rest of the year.
As for Strawberries & Creem, I went to the Cambridge based festival last year reporting for Reprezent and then to be asked to play this year, let alone play on the main stage, was incredible. It was my first festival DJ gig and I played on the main stage, I’m still trying to wrap my head around it!
What is Witchezz Brew, and what do you want it to represent?
Witchezz Brew is my radio show on Reprezent (every second Tuesday 9-11PM) and my legacy.
It represents living in the future and believing in your own personal magic, despite whatever adversity, struggle or opposition you face. Its about choosing to move past that negativity and honouring what makes you magical.
Conveying that through music, for me, has been so special and I hope to one day expand and turn Witchezz Brew into a charity.
When did you first realise that you had your own distinct sound as a DJ?
I think I first realised that I had my own distinct sound as a DJ when I first started properly clubbing at 17.
I wasn’t enjoying myself because at the time what I was playing on my radio show, which was mainly Future R&B, wasn’t being represented in London and the UK.
It frustrated me because the genre is so beautifully diverse and forward thinking and it was a shame that it wasn’t getting the recognition it deserved in the UK.
It made me want to work even harder and in the last few years theres be more and more incredible Future R&B nights popping up in London like Future Bounce run by my big sis, Jamz Supernova, So Future and Treehouse Vibes just to name a few.
I feel as the genre and scene grows and the more we invest into it, the greater force the genre will become and it will become more regular in the UK.
How did you establish that sound?
I established the sound steadily from when I first started on radio when I was 14. It’s all down to Soundcloud culture and sitting and searching for tunes for hours on end then messaging the producer and letting them know the tune is sick. It proper connected me with people across the world and with people I’ve made life long bonds with. Once I had collected all my tunes, it was all about sorting them into a set and thinking intelligently about what vibe fitted what and what hasn’t been heard before.
What aspect of DJing makes you the happiest?
The aspect of DJing that makes me the happiest is being the soundtrack to someones night. Knowing that I can make people feel different things when I drop a tune is incredible and really makes me believe in magic. I truly believe that music is the type of magic that connects everyone, regardless of creed, sex, class, race etc and it’s beautiful. To be a vessel for music is incredible and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
The best piece of advice I’ve ever been given is “don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone’s chapter 22.”
When I first heard it when I was 16 and hating life at college because I just wanted to work as a radio broadcaster and DJ, it really put things into perspective for me.
It made me chill out, not watch what my peers are doing and put trust into the universe that with hard work and right timing, the right opportunities will come along for me and they have. If I started working behind the scenes at Radio 1 and 1xtra when I was 16, it would have been a disaster because I wasn’t ready.
There’s no point in comparing where you are in your journey to someone else cos we’re all on different journeys and at different points in it.
Mura Masa – Waves
The Darker The Shadow The Brighter The Light – Your Wave God’s Wave God
Schoolboy Q ft Kanye West – That Part (DTWEEZER Remix)
Abra – Pull Up (Billy-on Bootleg)
Zebra Kats – Marijuana
M.I.A ft Timbaland – Come Around
Omarion – Distance (Sente Flip)
Rosie Gains – Closer Than Close (Intalekt Remix)
PARTYNEXTDOOR – Not Nice (Fede Remix)
Keita Juma – Come Over
Drake ft Jorja Smith & Black Coffee – Get It Together
Lulu Be – RAINDANCE
Skepta – That’s Not Me (Jarreau Vandal Vandalized Edit)
Azealia Banks – Fierce
Sisquo – Thong Song (MINA Remix)
Mele – Ambience
Benga & Coki – Night (Act Natural Re-vibe)
Black Hippy – U.O.E.N.O (Remix)
Three 6 Mafia – Sippin’ On Some Syrup (Jared Jackson Remix)
Skepta, ASAP Nast – Ladies Hit Squad (Jarreau Vandal Vandalized Edit)
Usher Lavelle – BBB
Basement Jaxx – Red Alert
Lamont ft Grim Sickers – Shots
Tony Quatro – Fuerza
Drake ft Sampha – 4422 (Usher Lavelle Remix)