It's not all about the music: Amy Becker


Written by James Ratcliffe
29 Tuesday 29th July 2014

At only 20 Amy Becker has stormed her way through the past two years, displaying a unique ability to mix genres, while expressing an impeccable selection of garage and grime, hip-hop and footwork as well as house and bassline. Spotted by 1Xtra at the beginning of 2012, she held a fortnightly Daily Dose Mix residency on MistaJam's show for 13 months - exceeding any other resident on the show. We chatted shit with her ahead of her set at Surround next weekend...

What's your 'go to' fancy dress piece?

I try to avoid all fancy dress parties these days because I'm just not into it haha but when I was younger I would jump at any opportunity to dress up as a goth or gangster rapper.


Tupac or Biggie?

Biggie - I used to refuse to get ready for school unless I could listen to Ready To Die in its entirety every day..


Can you give us the best film(s) you have watched recently?

I thought Dallas Buyers Club was sick, and I went to see 22 Jump Street the other day but I was so tired from my gig the night before I slept the whole way through it...apparently it's funny.


Best book/comic?

I'm too addicted to the internet to read.


Can you give us a highlight of playing on Radio one?

Recording a mix with the Newham Generals was a lot of fun, and finally hearing it on the radio after months of planning was quite surreal.


Any disasters / mishaps in the run up to one one of your mixes on Radio one?

I go to Leeds Uni and I was in first year when my residency started, so I usually had enough spare time to get the mixes recorded, but in second year it was often a struggle to meet mix deadlines on top of my work load and gigs. Nothing a few all nighters couldn't sort out though! 


What was your favourite cartoon/tv show growing up?

Kenan & Kel and South Park


Where is your favourite place to eat in London? Any tips for our readers?

Dim T in Hampstead and Voodoo Rays in Dalston


Where is your favourite place to party? 

Outlook Festival


Marmite, love it or hate it?

Despise it bleghh


Whats next for Amy Becker in 2014? 

A European tour and my the release of my first compilation which will be out in October.

Catch Amy Becker at Surround Festival next weekend. She will be joined by the likes of Koan Sound, Bandulu Gang, Appleblim and many more. Local Bristol outfit Shapes are also offering 20% off tickets to the festical with this code: SHAPES20

More info and tickets on their website:

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