by | August 11, 2016

Introducing Sian Anderson, the grime DJ who’s got some serious skills and who’s basically bossing it at life.  As well as DJing around the world, she’s got a 3-hour DJ slot on BBC Radio 1Xtra, runs a youth mentoring programme and works as a freelance journalist at The Fader, Noisey and i-D Magazine.

We caught up with her to chat future performances, favourite gigs and secret addictions…

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Tell us about yourself…

I am a 25 year old DJ, Presenter, PR, Journalist, Mother and Grime Activist from south east London. I grew up on grime and old school hip hop & R&B but in recent years fell in love with dubstep, bassline and all things melodic bass. My vibe in any situation is ultimately ‘what would Wiley and Skepta do?’ if something doesn’t fall under that category, then it’s not my vibe.

How would you describe your aesthetic and how does it inspire your music?

I’m all about moods and comfort zones, my mood switches from being completely hyperactive to being a complete mute / deep thinker, that’s probably why I love grime music so much it has such a buzz and pretty much defines me when I’m being hyper. When I’m feeling mute and in my thoughts, melody bass and dubstep could soundtrack my expressions.

Who’s the coolest person you’ve worked with so far?

Wiley, always Wiley.

Where can we see you perform next or in the future?

22nd July – Originators – Fabric London (this is going to be hugeeee, all my favourite people are on the line up too, P Money, Logan Sama, Sir Spyro, Capo Lee, A.G)

23rd July – 1Xtra Street Studio (Nottingham)

21st August – Egg (London)

23rd Sept – Warehouse Project (Manchester)

What’s the best gig you have ever played and why?

Outlook Festival in 2014. People were so into documenting raves on social media back then so I played to a crowd of people whose full attention I had and who were focused on going ballistic to every track for the full hour. It was every single bit of fun.

What’s on the agenda for 2016?

I’m on BBC Radio 1Xtra weekly, every Wednesday 22:00 – 01:00 GMT so lots of that. I’m playing Fabric, Warehouse Project and Egg which are my favourite venues so that’ll be cool, and I’ve recently started monthly FUXX SIAN mixes on i-D Magazine which feature MC’s with me in the mix. So far there’s Maxsta, Trilla and P Money on there. The next one is with Big Narstie, he renamed the show the Cotton Candy Show and it gets a bit explicit…

Is there anyone you would you like to collab with and why?

I would love to work with Astrid Andersen at some point. I live in tracksuits and Astrid is all about casual, sports enthused menswear. I reckon we could make some cool grime apparel happen, an Astrid x Anderson range would bang.

Why do you think your relationship between fashion and music is so strong?

As a teen I used to be really feminine and all about dresses and heels but when I got to 17/18 and I lived and breathed grime, I realised it was easier to just wear tracksuits and be super comfortable. It gets really gully in grime, you’re literally down in the dungeon more time so it’s always been fun for me to make a conscious effort with fashion and experiment with my look when possible to add girly feels to it.

What’s your favourite music video at the moment?

Ray BLK – 50/50. It’s set in south London where I’m from and it’s gully but cute at the same damn time.

What’s it like writing for the Guardian, Red Bull etc?

I monthly write for Noisey and The FADER, they’re exciting because it’s a real freedom of speech on those publications and I really get to go in deep and give people and insight into what I’m thinking, experiencing and listening too. It’s great getting to educate readers on issues and situations they might not be aware of also.

What sort of things do you love writing about?

Music and politics are my favourite things to write about. Grime history and youth culture are the two things I know best in the world so being able to share my experiences on both make me happy.

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Other than music have you looked after any other projects, if so what were they?

I used to work for CTRL.ALT.SHIFT which was Christian Aid initiative, it was excellent because I got to get people interested in global development and social injustice in a way that didn’t involve waving buckets in peoples faces for cash. It was really engaging. I also have a PR company where I’ve looked after campaigns for the likes of Ed Sheeran, Lianna La Havas, Joss Stone and Jess Glynne which I love because I get to delve into other music spaces.

When did you first realise you Grime music and what made you discover it in the 1st place?

I first really knew I loved grime when I listened to Skepta’s Tim Westwood Freestyle in 2008. I’d always listened to grime but that was the first time I really learned how to decipher bars, what made a reload lyric and why flows were so important to an MC. It’s still one of my favourite freestyles to watch to date.

If you could say your proudest moment when was it and why?

When I was marketing manager for Wiley at Warner Brother Records and I got my plaque for over one million sales. That was a moment for me because Wiley birthed grime, so to be able to be a part of his commercial success is something that will forever make me proud.

What would you say is your spirit animal?


Who do you love stalking on Instagram?

Ciara, her shade at Future is priceless.

What makes you laugh?

My son laughing

Do you have any secret addictions/guilty pleasures?

I buy teal things, just cause they’re teal.

Who’s your celebrity WCE?

Maya Jama

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If you could have super powers what would they be?

My middle finger would generate candy-floss when I held it up.

What was the first thing you did this morning?

Put the covers back over my head

Tell us something weird about yourself that no one else knows…

I think about death everyday

Who’s music are you vibing at the moment?

Kojey Radical, Tanika and Mullally.

What’s the one song that gets you pumped at a party?

Anything by Ja Rule

What has been your favourite place you’ve travelled to?

Outlook Festival 2014, Croatia. Absolutely lit.

If you were a Spice Girl which one would you be?


What do you love about Missguided?

You have EVERYTHING but your suede caps are my fave.

If you were stuck on an island and you could only take 3 items of clothing what would they be?

My PUMA Slides, my suede Missguided cap and my birthday suit.

What items do you make sure you pack on your travels?

Sisley Paris cucumber face cream, a snapback and socks come everywhere I go

Who is your style inspo and why?

Jumps from Skepta (who just wears black Nike tracksuits and shutsdown) to Ciara who has the tomboy-but-feminine look on smash.

Where do you look for fashion inspiration? 

In the clubs, outfits that look amazing and still work in grime raves are my faves.  girls who find cute outfits that allow you to go to a grime rave in Fabric and not sweat out in a mosh pit are my heroes.

What’s your favourite fashion trend this season and why?

Slides, they’re just so comfy, and now there are cute girly ones it’s even more okay to wear them whenever/ wherever.

If you could steal anyone’s wardrobe whose would it be?

Ciara, she always looks fire!

You can only wear one outfit for the rest of the year, what is it?

My all black Nike tracksuit

Which city has the best sense of style in your opinion?


Wanna know more? Follow Sian on Instagram @siananderson

Photography by @keatonrich

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