An interview with last year’s Mixcloud Online Radio Awards winner DR MYSTERY

Now in its fifth year, the Mixcloud Online Radio Awards is the biggest celebration of online radio in the world. Each year, thousands of you enter the awards – either nominating yourself, or nominating the shows, stations and personalities you love.

Submissions for this year’s awards close on Thursday 26 April. Submit your nominations at

But what does it take to win a Mixcloud Online Radio Award?

To help answer this question, we thought we’d shine a light on some of last year’s winners, showcasing the finest shows and personalities online radio has to offer.

First up in the series is the fascinating DR MYSTERY, aka Natasha Maximova, who last year won our Rising Star award for Best Online Music Show. The UK-based DJ and radio presenter can be found presenting her show ‘Into Continental’ on Reform Radio, a brilliant community-led station in Manchester.

DR MYSTERY is quickly building a reputation as a selector with a keen ear for cutting-edge sounds from all over the world. Tune into an episode of Into Continental and you might hear ambient sounds from Japan, Gqom club tracks from South Africa and more fascinating examples of music you’ll struggle to find on conventional radio shows.

2017 Mixcloud Online Radio Awards winner DR MYSTERY
2017 Mixcloud Online Radio Awards winner DR MYSTERY

We caught up with the mysterious radio star to ask a few questions about her show and to hear her thoughts on the world of online radio:

Tell us a bit about the Into Continental radio show.

‘Into Continental’ is a bi-weekly show exploring unexpected sounds coming from different countries across the world. Every show I choose a particular country and play music only by artists from that country; digging deep into the underground and beyond.

What do you love most about online radio?

With online radio there is more freedom of expression. There are fewer rules. I find these aspects very attractive and I think the content produced by online radio stations is more versatile and caters to all sorts of listeners.

What most excites you about the future of online radio?

Nothing specific. I’m just excited to see what will be the next step in online broadcasting!

Why does something like the Mixcloud Online Radio Awards matter?

The Mixcloud Online Radio Awards are a great way to connect with the world. You find out about so many new DJs and radio shows, and I think it’s a great tool to get your name out there and attract some attention to the art you create.

What’s next for the Into Continental and DR MYSTERY?

Take over the world, ha.

You can follow Dr Mystery on Mixcloud:

Interested in entering this year’s awards? You can also find out more about the Mixcloud Online Radio Awards with our seven reasons you should enter.

Mixcloud Celebrates The Online Radio Awards With 24 Hours Of Live Shows

Last week, Mixcloud teamed up with 14 winners and nominees from this year’s Online Radio Awards to host a unique live broadcast, lasting 24 hours and featuring shows from around the world.

Starting at 10am on Thursday 15 December and ending at 10am on Friday 16th December, Online Radio Awards Day combined 11 cities from 7 countries, including South Korea, Canada, United Kingdom and France.

ORA Day Programme

The global event attracted hundreds of thousands of viewers who watched radio shows from the likes of Le Mellotron in Paris, The Lot Radio in LA and Na Manteiga Radio in Sao Paulo. Throughout the day, each live show was shared on the Mixcloud Facebook page, with styles ranging from hip hop and soul to techno and jazz, as well as talk radio from the likes of Radio Free Booklyn and live hip hop from Reform Radio.

Online Radio Awards Day is a celebration of some of the best online radio in the world. But the event is about more than just one day. Every show will also be available on Mixcloud so fans of music and talk radio can listen to what went down on the day.

15:00 – 16:00: Reform Radio, Manchester

16:00 – 17:00: Chunks of Funk with Mr Leenknecht, Brussels

05:00 – 16:00: dublab, Los Angeles

You can listen back to all the shows on Mixcloud via the Online Radio Awards Day playlist.

The Online Radio Awards is now in its third edition and each year the event goes from strength-to-strength. This year there were are a total of 27 winners across a number of categories and territories chosen by a panel of industry judges. There were also 4 overall winners for Best Online Music Show, Best Online Talk Show, Best Online Radio Station and Best Online Radio Personality.