Sian Anderson

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Sian Anderson can be heard every Friday at 4pm on BBC Radio 1Xtra as well as deputising across the network. 

Alongside this Sian, runs SighTracked –her own Marketing and PR Company, a youth mentoring programme One True Calling with Julie Adenuga, and is a freelance journalist for a handful of well-respected publications including The Fader, i-D Magazine, Red Bull and Noisey (VICE).

A South London girl, Sian fell into grime early on, sparring with friends in the playground over ripped Wiley and Ruff Sqwad instrumentals. When, at Live Magazine, she began to interview artists (Nu Brand Flexxx and Kano were among her first) she soon realised that the life of an MC was not for her. She much preferred talking and writing about the music. It was at this point that her and best friend Julie Adenuga pulled together and decided to send a pilot in to underground radio station Rinse FM. Rinse would eventually get in touch with the pair anyway, offering them a show on the station, Sundays at 11am.

From there further involvement with grime was inevitable. Her next break came when she presented Topman CTRL on Channel 4, a programme centred on exploring the women involved in the growing scene, and was one that laid grounding for wider opportunities in the music industry.

Still involved in music, that same year Sian project managed the release of Ed Sheeran’s No 5 Collaborations EP, where he teamed up with a handful of the UK’s finest MC’s.

Still an avid writer, that’s the task she set about, she has acquired freelance roles at Noisey and US magazine The Fader, where she pens her own monthly grime column. Then, in April 2016, Sian kicked off a new gig at i-D magazine, curating a monthly mix titled ‘FUXX Sian’ that plays host to exciting instrumentals and vocals from a spread of MC’s and producers.

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