For our VERY FIRST Inside The BOX. feature (which we lifted from our cousins at JUKEBOX:DC), we are excited to show you our interview with actress/emcee Paige Meade, aka Paigey Cakey. Delving into music since a little kid, she eventually expanded into TV and film, recently being featured in Attack The Block and the upcoming The Knot. Needless to say, she has only given us the tip of the iceberg and we (being huge fans!) cannot wait to witness her continued success as she progresses further into music and entertainment as a whole.

Check out the interview after the jump!

JUKEBOX:UK: Forgive us for possibly being redundant, but could you tell us how you got into music?
Paigey Cakey: I started writing songs in primary school around the age of 10. I then recorded my first ever song on tape with a group of friends around the age of 11. It was when i started my GCSEs in year 11 i decided i wanted to do music. I had to write and record my own song for part of my Music exam. I then decided to upload this song of me singing onto youtube and it gained over 10,000 views. I gained a lot of positive feedback so i decided to continue making music and it went from there. When i hit 17 i started uploading my songs onto YouTube and it just took off from there really.

J:UK: In addition to being a dope emcee, you are also a dope actress. What would you say you enjoy more? Will we be seeing you in any upcoming films?
PC: I love both acting and music. I would say acting is more of a job as i get paid whereas i see music as leisure as i do it because i love it and i’m not trying to gain money from it but if i did that would be nice. Im currently filming for the new series of the BBC’s ‘Waterloo Road’ which will be on TV from September onwards. Im playing a new school girl called Jade Flemming so look out for that. Im also in a film called ‘The Knot’ produced by Noel Clarke which will be premiered to hit cinema screens later this year.

J:UK: Aside from films, can you speak on Smokey’s Barber Shop?
PC: Smokeys Barber Shop is an online comedy show featuring Jazzie, Adot, Vujunic and Humza. I got involved in Episode 2 through my boy Digi Dan who directed and filmed it. It was nice working on Smokeys Barber Shop as there was no script so it was all improvised. Also working with Jazzie and the crew was amazing as we had so much jokes.

J:UK: Back to music, how would you say you approach a record when you are in the studio?
PC: I approach every single record with an open mind as I believe, with the effort and self belief, that I can make something out of nothing. I also try and think out the box when writing my lyrics.

J:UK: We’ve seen some extremely sick flows and visuals from you lately (including your Digi Dan visuals and ‘Say Something’). Can you speak on the music that you are preparing the world for?
PC: I have got some crazy ideas for my new music videos which i hope to drop later this year. I am currently working on my first mixtape titled The First Paige which i am releasing in September. My mixtape features Lady Leshurr, Princess Nyah, Political Peak, Teezy and more. My mixtape will be a collaboration with 3Mindz; an amazing group of producers who I have been working with lately. So look out for that one.

J:UK: What is currently playing in your ‘JUKEBOX’ (iPod, stereo, auto, etc.)?
PC: My favourite song right now is Kanye West – Mercy. My iphone is filled up with Rick Ross like crazy. Rick Ross just motivates me to get my Cake up (laughs). I also got a huge collection of all of the female artists in the UK. I say my favourite mixtape last year was Lioness’ RoarNess. I support all the females: Lady Leshurr, Amplify Dot, Mz Bratt, Lioness, etc.

J:UK: We are speaking to many about the so-called ‘Grime Vs. Hip-Hop’ debate (the differences, the similarities, which is better, etc.). Can you speak on your stances in the matter?
PC: Both grime and Hip-hop are very similar as they both have that urban and gritty element to them. However Grime originated from London so it feels a lot closer to home when i listen to it. I feel as if i can relate to it more whereas with hip-hop its global so your not gonna relate to every song. I love the way in which grime artists are starting to get recognised now and grime is pushing through the music scene. However i prefer hip-hop to grime as i can just vybez to it a lot more.

J:UK: Any thing else the fans can expect from you in 2013 and beyond?
PC: A Big CAKEY Explosion!!!

J:UK: What is the best way for fans and collaborators alike to reach you (social networks, websites, emails, etc.)?
PC: [You can] hit me up on [my] Twitter (@paigey_cakey), [my] email ( [and my] YouTube (PaigeyCakeyTV).

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