BBC Radio 1 Xtra’s Austin Daboh has joined Spotify as its senior editor, content programming UK.
Daboh made the announcement this afternoon via Twitter, stating: “The secret is out - happy to announce I'll be joining Spotify as Senior Editor, Content Programming UK.”
Speaking to Music Week, Daboh said: “I’ve had an amazing journey at BBC Radio 1 & 1Xtra, and will miss the team greatly. Spotify is the future of music consumption and I’m excited to be joining as a senior editor – I look forward to working with my new colleagues in breaking emerging acts and helping music lovers in the UK (and globally) discover new sounds.”
His start date has yet to be confirmed, although Music Week understands that it is likely to be late August.
Daboh recently took part in a panel discussion at the MPA AGM discussing grime and the ways in which it has distinguished itself from the rest of the music industry in recent years.
“Grime is a DIY, flexible genre in its truest form,” he said. “You need the freedom to release and market the way the artist wants. Major labels do great things and create hit records, but grime is different to most genres.”