Tuesday, 22 April 2014

GET TO KNOW....RADIO 1XTRA PRESENTER CLARA

Photograph by Katherine Rose for the Observer

Tell us about your job.
I'm a presenter on BBC Radio 1Xtra, continuity voice on London Live, general voice over for random adverts and club selector!

How did you get to where you are today?
I'm the 5th out of 6 children so I have always needed to talk a lot to get myself heard! I was subconsciously obsessed with radio when I was growing up. I listened to everything from local pirate Garage stations, Capital, Choice, KISS and Classic FM with my dad!

I started out in radio as a marketing intern at KISS FM. I was only supposed to stay 3 months but ended up staying just a bit longer and becoming a coordinator for the whole station.

Whilst holding down the 9-5 in the office, I was also doing voice overs for them and doing pre-recorded shows. At the end of my time there, I was presenting the drive time show and my own Saturday morning show, then I was offered an opportunity to go to BBC Radio 1Xtra and I would have been a fool to say no, so off I went last September and here I am today!

What was the first album you ever bought?
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and I still love it to this day!

Who's your favourite female artist / girl group?
That's a genuinely hard question! Off the top of my head right now, girl group, I'd say TLC because of their originality with their look and sound, and female artist Beyonce! Horrendously predictable but come on, who's actually better than her right now?!

  


Who would you love to interview and who has been the best to interview so far?
I would love to interview Oprah, just to learn from her! My favourite interviews have been Solange, because she taught me her 'Losing You' dance and Drake, because he was friendly and chilled.

Any up and coming artists we should be listening out for?
There's a singer called LIZ that I really like, she's signed to Diplo's label. Another singer called Maxine Ashley who is great, I'm obsessed with her mix tape and a rapper called Lil Simz who's very talented.


 

Nice. So on to clothing!...Name us one thing you'll be wearing the most this Summer?
Bright, high waisted shorts!

Who are your personal favourite designers/ brands?
I am absolutely in love with a Swedish brand called Monki, they do great basics as well as dressy/ casual pieces. I also love & Other Stories too. GoGo Philip do brilliant costume jewellery.

 
1. GoGo Philip; Long N Pandora Bianca necklace £110. E Imperial Gold Letter Hoops £35. 
2. & Other Stories; Gem print jersey dress £35.
3. Monki; PC Joline jersey & mesh dress £30. 

And what inspires what you choose to wear?
Comfort! I have to be comfortable at all times. I was quite athletic in school, so I love clothes with a sporty but feminine aesthetic.

Tell us about your outfit.
The dress is from H&M, the earrings are Go Go Philip and my trainers are pre hype Air Max 1's haha.


Who is your girl crush at the moment?
Solange Knowles always has the wicked style. Gwen Stefani stays killing it, Ashley Madekwe always looks great and I love me some Lupita Nyong'o!



            

Where do you like to shop?
Carnaby Street, Selfridges and Etsy.com also has good finds!

Shoes or trainers?
TRAINERS. Nike for life mate....although at one point I would love some Terry De Havilland Margaux wedges



This summer, you'll be at...
Festivals and carnivals. Radio 1's Big Weekend, Wireless, Lovebox, Notting Hill Carnival, Brixton Splash, Bestival. I just want to be dancing.


With...
Safe people. I very much subscribe to the "GOOD VIBES ONLY" way of thinking when it comes to friends.

Drinking...
Tequila. I've recently realised that most booze makes me sleepy, I've been known to kip in the club *shame face*. Apparently Tequila is an upper!

Listening to...
Garage, it always sounds better in the Summer!

And talking about...
Furniture. I'm hopefully moving in to a new flat, so I'll be boring people with Ikea chat.


You can follow Clara on Instagram claraamfo , on twitter @claraamfo and listen to her radio show to wake you up at the weekends, Saturdays and Sundays 7am - 10am on BBC Radio 1Xtra!