Fresh out the box, young and brand new to this, nobody’s doing it the way Amplify Dot is doing it…
That’s what the opening lyrics to outspoken A.Dot’s comeback track ‘Born Ready’ thunder. Starring in the track’s music video, the south London lady MC dons a pair of boxing gloves, taking to the ring to confront the controversies women in music are subjected to. Defending her title as Missy Elliott’s protégé after an outstanding festival performance alongside Pharrell Williams to ‘She Wants To Move’, this small but perfectly formed eight-bar rhyming machine is here to rep underground, bare, female talent with the will to be seen and heard. Refusing to compromise her integrity and devout to showcasing skill, you won’t catch Ashley Charles (a.k.a A.Dot.) wearing tight skirts, lurking in the background of a hip hop video behind an all male crew. She has come alone to stand up for the masses.
Fronting a brash flow, spitting with the kinda swagger that just doesn’t give, A.Dot’s inspirational, intelligent lyrics come from her strong sense of self and forward thinking ideals. Teaming up with Kano for forthcoming release ‘Semantics’ and artists Lioness, Booty Luv and Ice Kid for pre-album mixtape ‘Born Ready’, we caught up with Dot down at her studio to chat about her time away and Jessie J.
Where are you right now and what are you doing? Sitting on my bedroom floor packing a suitcase for my flight that leaves in five hours. But I’m good at multi-tasking!
You went a bit quiet for a while, what have you been working on? I took a bit of a timeout a few years ago and went to university but it’s impossible to switch off from music when it’s the only thing you really want to do. Ever since I stepped back into these shoes I haven’t stopped so it’s been a productive year especially these last few months with the upcoming release of my single ‘Semantics’.
Tell us about uni, have much fun? End up with a degree? Going to uni was a big achievement in my family and my graduation picture now sits on my mum’s mantle piece where she proudly polishes it 18 times a day. I studied for a year in L.A and completed my PR degree back here in England. Living in uni halls was one of the best experiences of my life and it’s where I wrote so many of my songs.
How do you define who you are and the music you make? Memorable.
What new artists would you tip for big things? I think Dot Rotten is going to be big and I look forward to seeing Ed Sheeran blow-up as well. I think there are so many emerging artists at the moment, I could go on for ages! The UK music scene is in an incredible place, I think anybody could blow-up at any moment.
Tell us something about Jessie J that no one knows? She used to have an imaginary friend called Ralph.
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