Courtney Alexander: our London Calling act takes the Introducing quiz
Alexander, a twentysomething MC and producer, has been inspired by the indie/alternative pop scene, citing Feist and Florence as influences
Where are you from?
I lived briefly in Newham but was raised in west London. I've lived in Chiswick, Acton and Ealing. I currently live in Isleworth, just next to Brentford.
Names of band members and instruments played?
I produce everything I rap on. I like the idea of taking three-a-half minutes of silence and painting a soundscape.
How long have you been making music?
I started when I was about 14. Grime was at a grass roots stage and I wanted to be a part of it.
Initially, I was just producing but when I couldn't get my tracks to any artists, I began writing lyrics and recording with a £5 microphone.
The more I got into music, the more I moved away from the grime sound, although I still use grime flows.
Style of music and influences?
I like make poetic rap with an indie/alternative pop production.
In term of influential artists, I have to mention Dizzee Rascal - he was the reason I picked up the pen in the first place and Kano was the reason I didn't put it down.
The Streets' second album, A Grand Don't Come For Free, was a huge influence on how I make music - I realised the more British-sounding my stuff was, the better. It also showed me you can write great music about everyday things.
In terms of production, apart the Neptunes, Kanye, Timbaland etc., I've been inspired by Aqualung, Feist, Mr Hudson and the Library, Florence and the Machine and Massive Attack.
Best moment so far?
Just the feeling you get when you make a great song and you're the only person in the world who knows it exists, and you're reminded why you make music and why you'll never give up on it.
What's the inspiration behind The Prince and the Pauper, the song we featured in your London Calling spot?
It's largely about just being in a dark place and pouring those emotions into music - and at the same time being aware the music is probably going to be the thing to get you out of that dark place.
What song would you most like to cover?
Cosmic Love by Florence and the Machine.
Visit Courtney Alexander's MySpace, above right, for more information.
Find more emerging artists like this in the London Calling feature in Gary Crowley's 94.9 radio show:
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