In this edition of #CREATORTALK, we speak to Amorie (@thatgirlamorie on Instagram). #CREATORTALK is a series of articles and interviews, with a focus on the creative industries and the the talent working within them.
PW- Hey Amorie! How’s it going?
Really well, thank you! The warm air and the sunshine are making me feel amazing right now.
PW- So, first thing’s first. For those who don’t know yet, how would you sum up who you are and what you do?
I’m a singer, poet, artist, performer…I (hopefully) give people a chance to escape reality, if only for a few fleeting moments.
PW- Your work has a very distinctive style. How would you describe it, and who/ what has influenced your style?
Describing your own work is a loaded question, isn’t it…downtempo, bass-heavy, minimal, honest, cinematic. A blend of things- musically I love things really unconventional production, lush harmonies- The Beatles and Queen are undoubtedly my all-time favourites, and at the moment I’m loving Sigrid, Aurora, Julia Michaels, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar.
PW- Who did you work with on the production of your newest EP? There is an awesome dream-like quality to the tracks that feels current but also very nostalgic.
Thank you, that description feels like an amazing compliment! I worked with a producer called Patrick Perez from Toronto. Patrick has such a unique sound, I was magnetically drawn to him and his work from Day One- like you say, he’s really good at incorporating familiar-feeling instruments and sounds into new environments and creating something unconventional (and addicting) from it.
PW- Your voice is beautiful, and it really shows on your Soundcloud tracks. Do you have traditional training, or is it something you have worked on solo?
Thank you so much! I’ve been really lucky to train with some incredible people- I attended Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts for university and it was an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything. I was often forced to be incredibly introspective about my work and to come face-to-face with what is it I needed to express, and how to best communicate it to an audience. Performance is an exchange of energy between the stage and the audience- so I needed to learn how to get to know my audience quickly, and be able to speak to them specifically every time we’re together.
PW- What plans do you have for the future in terms of music and visuals?
Ahh, so many things, haha! I gravitate towards quite cinematic music videos, both in terms of plot and visually- I would love to do something really evocative for “Enough” with lots of really natural imagery and stunning landscapes somewhere really beautiful in the world. I’d love to have a few videos that tie together and make one continuous storyline as well.
PW- This blog focuses heavily on creativity and the real people behind the art. How does creativity affect you on a day to day basis? Do you get super inspired out and about, or is it more of a focused effort, where you can shut off from the world and just think?
Usually out and about! I tend to get ideas in the form of small phrases and melodies, usually as I’m walking down the street, on the underground, drifting off to sleep. Then I’ll sit down with it- some never make it past that stage, but some begin as a simple three-word phrases that expand into four minutes of cathartic music that needed liberation. The phrase was only the tip of the iceberg, and once it’s all been unearthed I get focused and precise.
PW- In this kind of economy and industry, it can be tough to feel like you’re moving forwards sometimes. How do you battle these feelings when they come up, and do you have any advice to other people who might be struggling in a similar way?
Honestly, I think the best way to get out of self-doubt is to simply not entertain it, if that makes sense. Once you really feel it and wallow in it, it’s too late. I try to only focus on the things that bring me peace and excitement for the future- we only have so much time, and there’s no use wasting it on the negatives. I try to keep my mind as focused and clear as I can, and the more time passes, the more comfortable I am with myself and my art and the more I truly feel at ease with life.
PW- And final question! It’s more of an invitation actually. Use the next few sentences to self-promote the hell out of what you’re up to, what we can watch/ listen to- no judgement!
The first half of the album-to-come is on SoundCloud at the moment- it’s the night, and soon the sunrise will come. And if you’re looking for an escape, come dance with me for a little. https://www.thatgirlamorie.com/live