Kate Hutchinson is a freelance writer, editor, broadcaster, podcast creator and DJ based in London.
She has covered the cutting edge of music and club culture for over 15 years, first as Time Out’s youngest editor heading up the Nightlife pages aged 19, then as the Guardian Guide’s Deputy Editor, and now as a freelance journalist and everything-else-ist.
Her work has taken her from Uganda to Ecuador, Pakistan to China, and has made several front pages of The New York Times, as well as been published in The Sunday Times, The Independent, Q, The Wire, NME, Dazed, i-D, Konfekt, Vice, Stylist, Mr Porter, Mixmag, Songlines, The Quietus, BBC and more. She is a regular music critic for the Guardian and Observer New Review and has appeared as a pundit on Sky Arts, 6Music and Radio 4’s Front Row.
In 2019, Kate launched the acclaimed podcast-portrait series
The Last Bohemians, which won silver at the British Podcast Awards in 2020 and was crowned a ‘best new podcast’ in NME, Financial Times, the Guardian and on Spotify. Kate masterminded the series and interviewed cultural luminaries such as Marina Abramović, Pauline Black, Zandra Rhodes and Cosey Fanni Tutti, bringing their worlds to life in an intimate, imaginative way, bringing aboard a totally independent all-womxn team of audio producers. She is currently creating a music podcast series with Gilded Audio, the team behind Pharrell’s OTHERtone.
Kate has been broadcasting on Worldwide FM since 2017, bringing a varied roster of artists onto her monthly show in-depth conversations, ranging from Stewart Lee, Seun Kuti and Shabazz Palaces to Anoushka Shankar, Floating Points and Jayda G. She has hosted live broadcasts on Piano Day and from the Worldwide and We Out Here festivals. She has also hosted shows for NTS (with Neneh Cherry, Bobby Gillespie, Richard Dawson and Fat White Family), Beats 1 and for Extinction Rebellion on Soho Radio. Her interview with Simon Amstell on the latter was called “one of the best I’ve heard with him” in a review by Miranda Sawyer.
Kate speaks regularly at festivals and universities and, over the years, has hosted talks, podcasts and web series with some of the most exciting women in music, including Annie Lennox, Haim, Kelis, Feist, Tegan & Sara and Shakespears Sister and for the likes of Sonar, the BFI, BBC Introducing, Ibiza’s International Music Summit, The Beat Hotel and The Great Escape. Her Q&As with DJs such as The Blessed Madonna and most recently, Sama Abdulhadi – who made headlines in December 2020 when she was jailed in Palestine – have been must-attend sessions at dance music festival Lost Village, where she also curated the talks tent in 2017 and 2018.
Kate regularly wo-mans the decks at audiophile nightspot Spiritland, while her DJ sets have taken her everywhere from Glastonbury’s Beat Hotel, Bestival, Field Day and Lake of Stars Festival in Malawi to, last year, her living room for a Boiler Room session, which has had nearly 15,000 views on YouTube.
From 2014-2017, Kate oversaw The Music Circle’s Rumble In The Jumble event with broadcaster Gemma Cairney, which raised over £100,000 for Oxfam and featured donations from Kate Moss, Elton John, Florence Welch, Noel Gallagher, Mark Ronson and more.
Photos: Craig Bernard