One of our newest recruits at KMAH HQ is Thea Hudson-Davies. She’s an ever more prominent face around Leeds and first came to our attention when guesting on edv3ctor’s show. Her knowledge of stuff from acid house to disco is broad and well informed, and is amongst the fare she plays on her own show, Acid Bob Does….
Aside from spinning around the city, Thea also works at the long running Leaf Label, which puts out experimental jazz, noise and electronica from artists like Vladislav Delay and Polar Bear. Expect those sort of sounds to also inform her monthly show–next one this Thursday at 6pm– but ahead of that get a quick rundown from the lady herself.
When did you first become aware of music and start buying and searching out your own stuff?
Errr, I heard my friend playing the drums in a music lesson when I was 7. I thought she was the coolest kid ever… but I knew I could be cooler. So I started learning how to play. Turns out I was wrong.
I actually only started buying records when I got to university and then started playing out not long after that.
What was that stuff, and how have your tastes evolved over the years? Where are you at musically now?
I’ve got a very big disco head. That will never change I expect… Disco forever. My everyday taste however is all over the place. Right now, I am coming out of a long acid house phase…
What, if any, role has radio played in your musical life? Was it an early source of new sounds, or maybe you are an avid online radio fan nowadays?
I listen to the radio everyday, in my opinion it is definitely still one of the best ways to discover new music.
Do you DJ, or have you done, regularly anywhere?
I play at Headrow House weekly and the Brunswick. I also appear at other spots in Leeds… sometimes even in London when it will have me!
Tell us about Leaf, when you got involved and your role there…
I started working at Leaf a year ago, which has been a great experience. The label have a great roster and I’ve spent a year getting to know it all, so to be honest it’s been a top year. I work on press/radio and help out in various areas where I can.
And what about Bob, fill us in on this character from your show.
Acid Bob. Born in (circa) 1968, lost in 1988 and found in 2016. Approaching his 50th year on this planet that we call ‘Earth’, he has finally discovered a new means of communication through a fellow bobber Thea Hudson-Davies. Together the pair will unveil tales of Bobs past and present, Bobs old and new – here’s to seeing to what they’ve been up to.