11/07/2013 16:30 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Mirror Mirror: Amplify Dot

With props from Ms Dynamite, Wretch 32, Kano, MistaJam, Westwood, Zane Lowe and Missy - plus three mixtapes under her belt - Amplify Dot is one of the most exciting new voices on the British music scene. MyDaily got chatting mums, TLC and Lara Croft's holsters with the rising star...

amplify dot interview

When I look in the mirror I see... my mum. Not only did I inherit her physical features but also her fighting spirit and resilience. I really hope to be half the woman she is when I'm older.

If I was stranded on a desert island with one thing it would be... my iPod. I can't imagine going a day without music. Every morning I listen to a bit of Frank Ocean, TNGHT or Jhene Aiko, I wouldn't want to break routine even on a desert island.

When I was at school I wanted to be... in the group TLC. They have always been a huge inspiration for me and I used to imagine myself as the fourth member. I would borrow (steal) my older brother's cassette copy of Crazy Sexy Cool and pretend I was in all their videos. Left Eye was one of the first female rappers that really made a big impression on me.

My biggest triumph was... independently securing a Top 20 album on the iTunes Hip-Hop chart. I released The Short Back And Sides EP in 2012 with no financial or industry backing and it went to number 18. It was a huge accomplishment from an unsigned artist without management or investment and it ended up being a pivotal moment in my career with a record deal following soon after.

If I could be any character from film or literature I'd be... Lara Croft from Tomb Raider. She's a gangsta! I love the fact this strong female character, who defied your expectations of what a typical action hero should be, went on to become so iconic. I hope to do the same musically. Plus she had those bad ass thigh holsters!

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