Connect with us

Music

Meet Amelia, a true pop-soul original

Published

on

Tis the season to introduce the culture to new artists, and we have one who simply goes by the name –– Amelia.

The 23-year-old has just begun planting her musical footing, but don’t be fooled, Amelia’s mature vocals prove her to be nothing short of a star who’s ready to take the world by storm.

The Atlanta native’s sound is both a pensive and potent blend of soul, resembling iconic songstresses, Florence and the Machine and the late Amy Winehouse.

Her hypnotizing cadence and rhythmic production birth repeat-worthy melodies, much like her latest single, “The Type” –– a perfect add-on for your New Year playlists.

What are you most excited for in this journey you’re about to begin?

The most exciting for me is starting to see all the performances kind of line up on my schedule because when I perform, that’s when I get the most reward out of all the hard work that I’ve put in so it’s like that’s the moment when you really see all your hard work paying off. When you get off stage and a bunch of people come up to you and they tell you personally what song touched them, that makes me feel really excited and just, that’s a really special feeling.

How would you describe your aesthetic?

I like to joke that it’s like very sass meets soul. If Robert Plant and Beyoncé had a baby, then that would be an Amelia performance. Cause it still has this really old soul vibe thing going on when I perform and then I like to add in a little sass in there. I try to channel my inner Beyoncé, Rihanna, Gaga – you know all the greats. But I really do try to have this genuine presence about myself; I don’t ever pretend to be anything that I’m not so I just want to make everyone feel welcome, just be a warm and welcoming presence.

Where do you draw inspiration from for your music?

Inspiration really comes from a lot of places so if I’m on the way home from work and I see something and it puts a phrase in my head or it gives me an idea, then I’ll go from that. If I’m reading a book, and I like an idea or what the author is talking about, then I’ll go from that. And I think we are what we take in and consume. It’s the movies, the shows I’ve been watching. It’s every single thing goes into this file in my brain and I write off of the feelings that these things make me feel. And of course, personal things I’ve gone through in the past or things that my friends are sharing with me that they’re going through right now – those develop into some of the more pure, raw songs – and those really touch my heart.

I like that – “we are what we take in.” What about musically? Any inspirations?

Of course! I’d say lyrically, I worship Frank Ocean like I hear some of the phrases that he says and he’s literally the only person who could think of that. And there’s always this thing that everything has already been said before but I don’t agree with that because he says something and I’m like, ”Dude, I wish I could have thought this first.” I really like old jazz – Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday – they have this really raw layer to them of singing of things that they are going through. They surfaced some real heartfelt things that are still relatable today and it’s just…I just respect them so much. Current artists have been Daniel Caesar, Jorja Smith, Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse of course. It’s always people that make you feel something with their music.

The best artists are the ones that can make you cry, for sure. What’s your songwriting process like?

We don’t have it down to a straight science yet but the most efficient way and the way I like is coming into the studio with a phrase or like a hook that I’ve been singing in my head. Then I give that over to my producer, plant that, and grow from there. We make different parts to the song and it’ll just come together. Like for example, I came up with a hook in the shower, I sing it all night, send over a voice memo to the producer and if he likes it, which he did, then the next day I’ll go in and lay down some chords. I’ll have the story in my head already and it’s a lot easier to write from that rather than getting someone else’s sounds and making it into your own style and song. And though it’s a challenge and fun as an artist, there’s something about it coming straight from you that makes it flow and everything clicks.

“The Type” –– your most recent single, talks about how not to settle for less than what you deserve. What does this song mean to you?

We’re in a really interesting time where the idea of love can develop so quickly like on the internet, social media, and to not let that take away from what really matters. Don’t settle for less just because it’s easier today to do that. I think we tend to give ourselves to people that – I don’t want to say deserve it but – don’t reciprocate the energy that you’re giving to them. Yeah, it’s really just about not going under the bar you set for yourself.

That’s perfectly put. So when’s the next single? Can you tell us a little more about that?

This next song is already a super favorite of mine but my producer and I really clicked on it; this is actually the instance where I came up with the hook in the shower. Everything just came together so well and it’s really really special and I’m excited to get it out there. It should be out mid-February so be on the lookout for that!

Congratulations on all of it! What’s in store for you in 2019?

Thank you! 2019 is just about locking myself down. It’s about producing more and more and more songs. It’s like you gotta have something to fuel the fire, and when the fire blows up, you need content to back it up with. That’s one of my main goals to write as much as possible and create as much as possible to get that connection with my audience. I’m excited to see how this pans out, honestly, it’s going to be an amazing journey.

To purchase tickets for Amelia’s upcoming show in Atlanta on Jan. 23, click here.

Facebook Comments

Continue Reading
Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Music

Dianna Lopez: The new Queen of Alternative music

Published

on

There’s a new sheriff in town! Oh, and by the way, her name is Dianna Lopez. And did we mention she can sing her as* off! In a world saturated with hip-hop and r&b, the New York native is in an alternative lane of her own. If Sade had a baby, Lopez would hands down fit the bill. Her sultry sound is nostalgic, yet contemporary –– not mention hypnotizing. NDLYSS spoke with with her recently in a one-on-one interview to find out the scoop on the new face of indie rock.

Dive in below.

Much of your music video collection utilizes strong storytelling technique, where do you draw your creative inspiration from and how hands-on are you with directing?

It all depends on the video, but most of the time I’m doing my visuals with friends or people who I know, it’s a collaboration. I usually come up with a concept or vision board of what I see… I’m pretty hands on. I like to keep things super simple. Honestly, some of the visuals were actually shot in my house.

What artists were you listening to in your younger years?

I definitely listen to Sade, my parents were always playing her growing up. Honestly, when you think about it Beyonce and Rihanna were like the only black girls that were pretty big when I was growing up. They were the people who I was listening to in middle school and high school. They were the only ones being represented in the media. I also listened to a lot of Donna Summers and a lot of old school music. I was only exposed to r&b and hip-hop when I was younger but as I get older I’ve found more interest in alternative music.

Do you have a theatrical background? I’ve noticed a recurring theme in your dance moves.

I grew up doing ballet and some interpretive dance at the Dance Theatre of Harlem. I’ve always loved to sing, act, and dance but I wasn’t sure which one I would pick growing up so I just picked all three. The one I really stuck to was singing.

Black Musicians are often boxed in by r&b and rap expectations, how difficult was it to find support on an alternative road less traveled?

It was really difficult when I first started. If you listen to my earlier music on Soundcloud you’ll hear the difference of people influencing me to do certain beats that is geared towards more of an r&b sound but it’s never really what I wanted to do. Once I started speaking out about what I was more interested in doing people would tell me it’s boring or that no one is going to want to listen to it. I just had to block out those negative people because if you love something you just have to do it regardless of people’s opinions.

Referencing your track “Tell me why – Brown Skin Song,” which you wrote as an open letter to women of color, have you ever faced colorism or shadeism in the music industry?

I’m going to steer away from the music industry because I wrote that song in the beginning stages of my career. My friend Dave Langston co-wrote the song. I decided to go with that song because I grew up in a town called Rockland County. Most of the schools that I attended were predominately white so a lot of my friends were white. I was always the one black girl… I dealt with a lot of racism although they didn’t realize they were doing it. I didn’t want to go out in the sun because I didn’t want to get too dark. I grew out of it and began to love myself. I want people to know black is beautiful.

“Predictable” is your first release of 2019 as a follow up to your 2018 EP, Foreign Space. What the overall concept?

It just so happened that some guy I used to talk to who comes in and out of my life as he pleases hit me up out of the blue. I’m at the point in my life where I’m not mad about him coming in and out, I’m just like you’re predictable. You can come but I’m not going to pay you much mind. He comes around every few months. It’s a pattern! I just wrote a song about it.

What in-store for your upcoming indie rock EP?

My fans can expect me to be more into my sound than I’ve ever been. There will be five songs on there with no features, it’s just me.

Facebook Comments

Continue Reading

Music

The Chainsmokers Announce “WORLD WAR JOY” North American Tour

Published

on

Rich Fury/AMA2017/Getty Images Portrait

Grammy Award-winning artist/producer duo The Chainsmokers have announced their massive “WORLD WAR JOY” North American headline arena tour for fall. Multi-platinum band 5 Seconds of Summer, who is featured on The Chainsmokers’ latest single “Who Do You Love,” will be joining all dates along with rising pop star Lennon Stella, who is opening the show. The 41-city tour, produced by Live Nation, will kick off on September 25 in Cincinnati, OH and make stops in major cities across the U.S. and Canada before wrapping in Vancouver, BC on December 6. See full tour routing below.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, February 15 at 10 am local time at LiveNation.com. Additionally, The Chainsmokers will offer VIP packages for each show with options that include premium seating, an invitation to The Chainsmokers’ soundcheck, a Q&A session with Alex and Drew immediately following soundcheck, specially designed merchandise and more. Fans can visit www.VIPNation.com for more information.

The tour announcement comes on the heels of The Chainsmokers’ latest single “Who Do You Love” featuring 5 Seconds of Summer. Released last week via Disruptor Records / Columbia Records, the track immediately shot to No. 1 on iTunes and has already accumulated nearly 14 million combined global streams to date. Additionally, the track was added to Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist in 37 countries, added to their largest playlist Today’s Top Hits and added to Today’s Hits on Apple Music.

The Chainsmokers Tour Dates:

September 25 — Cincinnati, OH @ U.S. Bank Arena

September 27 — Boston, MA@ TD Garden

September 28 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena

September 29 — University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center

October 3 — Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena

October 4 — Chicago, IL @ United Center

October 5 — St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center

October 8 — Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena

October 9 — Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre

October 11 — Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena

October 12 — Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center

October 13 — Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center

October 15 — Washington, DC @ Capital One Arena

October 17 — Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center

October 20 — Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena

October 22 — Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena

October 24 — Miami, FL @ AmericanAirlines Arena

October 25 — Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena

October 26 — Orlando, FL @ Amway Center

October 29 — New Orleans, LA @ Smoothie King Center

October 31 — Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center

November 1 — Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center

November 2 — Houston, TX @ Toyota Center

November 6 — Louisville, KY @ KFC Yum! Center

November 7 — Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse

November 8 — St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center

November 9 — Madison, WI @ Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center

November 12 — Milwaukee, WI @ Fiserv Forum

November 14 — Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Arena

November 15 — Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center

November 16 — Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena

November 19 — Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

November 21 — Salt Lake City, UT @ Vivint Smart Home Arena

November 23 — Phoenix, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort Arena

November 24 — San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena

November 26 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

November 29 — San Francisco, CA @ TBA

December 1 — Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center

December 3 — Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome

December 5 — Portland, OR @ Moda Center

December 6 — Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

Courtesy of PR NEWSWIRE

Facebook Comments

Continue Reading

Music

Hailey Knox’s “Bittersweet, Poetic Confessional” Gets Cinematic Reimagining in New Music Video

Published

on

Hailey Knox

Coinciding with the first date of her debut headlining tour, today “music sensation” (People) Hailey Knox has dropped the all-too-relatable music video for her song “Hardwired”. Co-starring Cameron Boyce (from Disney’s “Descendants”) and shot at the YouTube Space in NYC, the video for “Hardwired” captures the lyrical content of the song, highlighting the isolated, disconnected growing pains of a young woman trying to find her voice: a somber Hailey sits at a diner with friends and imagines herself breaking out her introversion, finally feeling free to express herself.

Conceptualized in her bedroom and written on a hotel floor, “Hardwired” is one of Hailey’s most personal songs in her already impressive catalog of work. “I feel like I’m singing the notes jotted down in my journal” Hailey shared with Ladygunn who premiered the video today, while Sirius XM’s “The Coffee House” also recently added the song to their rotation. The track will also be a part of an upcoming Acoustic Cafe session.

The “bittersweet, poetic confessional” (Atwood) is the title track off of her recently released ‘Hardwired Mixtape’, a “soulfully infectious” (Brightest Young Things) collection of professionally recorded tracks, short voice memos, and demo-like looping snippets that showcase an artist with songwriting chops wise-beyond-years, and an unforgettable live performance where Hailey has the “ability to create a symphony of sounds with just her voice, a guitar and a looping pedal” (Earmilk).

Her headlining tour, which starts today in Philadelphia, will stop in 14 cities including New York City, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, and Nashville. The tour follows a recent performance at SUNDANCE as part of the BMI “Snowball” showcase. Hailey promoted that appearance by performing on local morning shows Good Day Utah (KSTU) and Salt Lake City Fresh Living (KUTV).

THE HARDWIRED TOUR DATES

2/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
2/14 – Baltimore, MD – Metro
2/16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
2/17 – Detroit, MI – Lager House
2/19 – Chicago, IL – Shubas
2/22 – Nashville, TN – High Watt
2/23 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
2/24 – Richmond, VA – The Camel
2/25 – Washington D.C. – Songbyrd
2/27 – Asbury Park, NJ – Wonder Bar
2/28 – New York, NY – The Loft @ City Winery
3/1 – Hamden, CT – The Space
3/2 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall
3/3 – Boston, MA – Middle East

Facebook Comments

Continue Reading

Trending