A talented Kensington and Chelsea College music student took to the BBC airwaves recently for a high-profile radio debut.
Level 3 Digital Musician student Anita Singh, aka Autonomous Queen, had her track
‘Get Down’ featured BBC Asian Network’s Friction Show.
The up and coming hip-hop artist and mother of two was given the lucky-break after getting in touch with show host DJ Bobby Friction and posting her track to the studio with a request for air play.
Despite hundreds of similar requests from other budding singers, Anita earned her chance to debut her music after impressing the award winning radio show with her self-written and professionally produced track.
The talented 31-yer-old, who describes her music as Hip Hop and Asian Fusion, said:
‘If I’m being totally honest, I didn’t think my track would get played. The radio station must get many requests like mine, so I felt like they must have really liked it for it to have got on air. It felt strange hearing myself on the radio, although I could get use to it! I’ve been in contact with the show since they featured me and I’m hoping to pass on a few more songs!’
North London based Anita first fell in love with music aged 9, when she started writing poetry. As her passion for music grew she started turning her poetry to rap and soon found herself producing attention grabbing tracks.
Determined to pursue a career in music she enrolled on the college’s Digital Musician course, where she has been progressing across the different levels despite facing a number of personal hurdles along the way.
Speaking about her battle to establish a music career Anita said:
‘As an Asian single mum it has been a fight getting as far as I have. I’ve not always been supported in my choice of career, but music isn’t just about the dance floor for me. I want to use it to educate society and people who are finding it difficult to step into the industry because of their background or culture not to be put off by lack of support or the criticism and negative views of others.’
Talking about her course Anita added:
‘As I was growing up I realised it was difficult trying to breakthrough as a female rapper, and especially an Asian one. There just wasn’t that many of us around. That’s when I decided to enrol on the college course to sharpen my skills and improve my chances of getting a break in the industry. The course has helped me connect with music contacts, as well as teach me how to manipulate sound and produce professional sounding tracks. Music is a way for me to express myself and no matter how difficult it may be I am determined to make a name for myself.’
Date published: 13 April 2011