Friday 22 June 2012, 09:59
Taking her bow on the BBC Introducing Stage at Radio 1's Hackney Weekend tomorrow (yes, tomorrow) is Paigey Cakey. If she seems familiar, it's because you may have seen her (under her real name Paige Meade) in Joe Cornish's 2011 film Attack The Block. We spoke to the rapper ahead of the moment she swaps the big screen for the big stage!
Introduce yourself: My name is Paigey Cakey. I'm a professional actress, rapper, singer and dancer. I have starred in the hit movie Attack The Block and The Knot which will be out later this year. I am currently filming for the BBC Series Waterloo Road which will be on your TV in September.
How did you get started in music? I started writing songs in primary school around the age of 10. I then recorded my first ever song on tape with a group of friends around the age of 11. It was when I started my GCSEs in year 11 I decided I wanted to do music. I had to write and record my own song for part of my music exam. I then decided to upload this song of me singing onto YouTube and it gained over 10,000 views. I gained a lot of positive feedback so I decided to continue making music and it went from there.
What are you looking forward to most about Hackney Weekend 2012? I grew up in Hackney so it will be an amazing feeling to perform in Hackney in front of thousands of people. Also it's my biggest show yet.
What's the best piece of advice you've been given? Not to rush. Everyone has their time.
What would be your tip for Introducing artists to help them get discovered? Just promote your music as much as you can and collaborate a lot to push your music to a wider audience. Also YouTube and Twitter are great ways to share and socialise with other artists.
Who would be your dream collaboration? Missy Elliott.