Wrap Up And Watch Out: Amplify Dot
Amplify Dot is born ready! She isn’t just a female with dreams of making it big as an MC, but her lyrical content and ability already makes her a rising star. The Wrap Up’s Denise Kodia recently caught up with her to talk about being a female MC in a male-dominated scene, musical influences and much more…
The Wrap Up: Do you think you’re ready for the limelight?
Amplify Dot: Yeah! Born ready! You walked straight into that (laughs). I think some people want to make music and shy away from the scrutiny and spotlight. As for me, I wouldn’t ever want to be in a position where I couldn’t leave my house – I wouldn’t want to become a celebrity and it no longer be about the music.
TWU: How hungry are you for success?
Amplify Dot: I’m very hungry at the moment and, to be honest, I don’t think I ever want to loose this hunger. I don’t ever want to get to that point where I feel that I’ve done enough. I think the biggest mistake that anyone could make is thinking that they’ve accomplished everything that they came to do. My aim is to always be hungry for something new.
TWU: What do you say to those who believe that rap is a male-dominated industry?
Amplify Dot: You can’t argue with that, because it is. It’s not to say that girls can’t do it, but the odds are stacked in the guys’ favour because there are more of them doing it. However, just because the odds are against you, in terms of gender , it’s not to say that you can’t do it just as good, if not better than the people who are traditionally meant to be better at it.
TWU: When did you know that you were good at music?
Amplify Dot: When I met my current manager. I think when someone says that they want to work with you and take you to the next level, that’s when you realise. I met my manager when I was 19 and he literally put his foot on the gas and we haven’t stopped since. It’s been a slow progress, but progress all the same.
TWU: What other female MCs have influenced you?
Amplify Dot: Very much Lauryn Hill. I would bump her for days and days. A lot of Foxy Brown and Lil’ Kim – I was listening to music that I shouldn’t have been, like listening to Salt ‘N’ Pepa at 4 years old and listening to Foxy Brown and Lil’ Kim at 12 years old. I shouldn’t have been doing it, but I just loved it from a very young age.
TWU: Do you think female MCs could potentially break the charts this year?
Amplify Dot: Other than Ms Dynamite, there hasn’t been a female MC from the UK that’s made significant progress in the game. Ms Dynamite is like our fairy godmother, simply because she is the goddess of this – in terms of opening doors. But now is definitely the time and I think that at least one of the female MCs will be in the charts this year. I don’t have any doubts!
TWU: Who would you like to collaborate with from the UK?
Amplify Dot: I think the biggest honour would be with Adele. For her to sing the hook for me, that would be an honour. That would be the ultimate UK collaboration for me right now.
TWU: Freestyling or performing in front of a crowd of thousands people. Which one is easier?
Amplify Dot: Performing in front of a crowd, because I’m so comfortable. A freestyle in front of a camera is so much scarier than being on stage, because it’s just you and the cameraman, so you’ve got to create the ambience. When you’re on stage, you’ve got the whole amped up atmosphere and I love that.
TWU: And finally, tell us about your forthcoming single, 'Semantics'…
Amplify Dot: 'Semantics', which features Kano, is about going against all expectation. The first line of the song is: Tell me go left and Imma go right’’ and that sums me up. Any thing you tell me to do or any box you try to put me in, I’ll just go in the opposite direction.
Amplify Dot Feat. Kano: 'Semantics' – is out July 4.
Stay up to date with Amplify Dot on Twitter - www.twitter.com/AmplifyDot
Words: Denise Kodia (@CMyPassion)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)