Amplify Dot

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Amplify Dot
Birth name Ashley Charles
Born (1988-04-09) 9 April 1988 (age 29)
Origin South London, England
Genres Hip hop, grime
Occupation(s) Rapper, DJ, radio presenter, TV presenter
Years active 2008–present
Website amplifydot.co.uk

A.Dot (born Ashley Charles; 9 April 1988), also known as Amplify Dot or Dotty, is a rapper and broadcaster from South London, England. She has been a radio presenter on BBC Radio 1Xtra since 2014 and co-presenter of the BBC One show Sounds Like Friday Night since October 2017.

Career[edit]

In June 2001, at the age of thirteen, Amplify Dot performed a freestyle at a Missy Elliott concert at the Brixton Academy after Elliott asked if anyone in the audience could rap.[1][2] She describes this as a defining moment that led her to pursue a career as a professional artist.[3]

Amplify Dot gradually built a reputation in the UK grime and hip hop scenes, featuring on the grime track "Game Over Female Takeover" (2010), and self-releasing the mixtape Born Ready (2011)[4] and the EP Short Back and Sides (2012), which entered the iTunes Hip Hop Chart.[1] She also launched her own clothing label, Quiff Head, in conjunction with London street-wear brand House of Hoxshore.[5]

In June 2012, Amplify Dot signed a recording contract with Virgin Records and a publishing contract with Sony ATV, with Music Week reporting that she was the first female rapper in the UK to secure a major-label deal in over a decade.[1] Soon after signing to Virgin, she released the Spare Parts mixtape,[6] which she said contained tracks that were not going to make the cut for her debut album but that she was still keen for people to hear.[7] This was followed in 2013 by the Spare Parts II mixtape hosted by UK radio personality Charlie Sloth.[8] In December 2013 she presented her own radio show as part of the Xtra Talent series on BBC Radio 1Xtra and was offered a regular presenting slot in 2014. She replaced Twin B and Yasmin Evans as host of the weekday breakfast show in July 2016.[9][10]

Amplify Dot has collaborated with artists and producers including Busta Rhymes, Emeli Sandé, Zane Lowe, Krunchie, Show N Prove, Chris Loco, Fraser T. Smith, Midi Mafia, Beatfreakz, Kano, Gyptian, and Ms Dynamite. She has also performed with Lioness and Lady Leshurr as part of the all-female crew 367, including on a remix of the Ms Dynamite single "Neva Soft" (2011).[11]

In 2017, she will co-present Sounds Like Friday Night, a new primetime music show for BBC One with Greg James.[12]

Discography[edit]

  • Born Ready (2011) Mixtape
  • Short Back and Sides (2012) EP
  • Spare Parts (2012) Mixtape
  • Spare Parts II (2013) Mixtape

Singles[edit]

  • "Get Down" (2012)
  • "Kurt Cobain" (2013)
  • "I'm Good" feat. Busta Rhymes (2013)

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