Anna Nathanson’s background within the music industry has spanned roles within radio, journalism, PR and social media. She was first published in 2003, and soon after started a hip hop and RnB show on local radio.
In 2004 she began working at independent record label Backbone Music, headed up by producer Skillz, which was home to UK Dancehall artist Stylo G, R&B singer Loick Essien, now signed to Sony, and Nigerian artist D’Banj, now signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D Music. She documented artists in the studio, at home, capturing behind the scenes footage and artist interviews.
Later, Anna graduated from the University of Sussex with a First Class honours degree, the first care leaver from her borough to complete further education.
She then embarked on an internship with TOUCH Magazine, one of the UK’s longest running publications for urban music and culture. This position soon led to a permanent post of editing the infamous 411 Girls entertainment section in the magazine, which she did for a year, covering events, parties and live shows from the music scene.
At the same time, Anna seized the opportunity to interview as many artists as possible, as well as writing for a wide range of media. She has had the opportunity to interview the likes of Usher, Tinie Tempah, Jessie J, Raekwon, Plan B, Game, Common, Jay Sean, Guru, Talib Kweli and Kelly Rowland, and written for outlets such as MTV, Time Out, BBC Introducing, Radio 1 Chart Blog and allhiphop.com, the world’s biggest website for hip hop.
She also did some PR work, working with artists like Blak Twang and then English Frank, helping him promote his 2008 album The Hard Way, securing printed and online coverage, as well as arranging his first play on 1Xtra. Anna also freelanced for industry bible Record of the Day, working as a Taste Maker for 3 Mobile, news writer for 7digital and sitting on the judging panel for the City Showcase. As well as writing for the magazine, Anna was the editor of the blog for hip hop publication Big Smoke for 2 years.
Her extensive portfolio grew, and in 2009 Anna became an Assistant Content Producer for BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, followed by a role in 1Xtra’s small music team, where her current duties include daily scheduling of half of the station’s weekday daytime output, as well as having scheduled every daytime show on the network, including the flagship Breakfast show and Westwood drive time slot. Other duties have involved sourcing and complying music, identifying new artists and staying across emerging musical trends, liaising closely with production teams and radio pluggers, organising edits and playing a key role in the playlist process.