Stefflon Don: "Whatever I Feel Like Doing Is What I’m Gonna Do"
Stefflon Don - real name Stephanie Allen - isn't your average rising grime star. Currenty Clapton-based in East London, the singer/rapper who's nominated for MTV's Brand New For 2017, explained her unique upbringing in our exclusive interview..."I was born in Birmingham and then I moved to Rotterdam when I was about five/six and then came back when I was 14," she revealed. "So [I've] literally been travelling all the time.
"Travelling in general opens your mind to so many different cultures and different ways of thinking and different ways of seeing stuff. I definitely feel like it has an influence on my music to be a bit more broader and a bit more open."
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"Growing up," she continued, "I was definitely surrounded by music, all the time. My parents used to always play music, my dad used to have reggae on, I remember walking around with a cassette recorder and I used to just record the songs I would hear on the radio so I could play it back when I feel like. Because you know, in those days you didn't have internet so you couldn’t just put on what you wanted to, so I would literally just record stuff off the radio and keep playing it back and keep playing it back."
Choosing to remain unsigned/independent so she's not tied down by anything or anyone but herself, Steff dropped her debut mixtape Real Ting just before Christmas.
"The reason why I called it Real Ting," she explained, "was because I felt like everything I was doing has been real to me, and whatever I feel like doing is what I’m gonna do.
"I will take on advice but it all boils down to me and what I want, so that’s why I called my mixtape Real Ting."
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With big things almost certainly set for Steff in the near future, we can be sure we'll be seeing the 'Real Ting'. "The rule I stand by as an artist," she revealed, "is definitely be yourself, and don’t make music just for other people, make it for you first."
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