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.
Rema drops Afrobeat track dedicated to women around the globe
For the third week in a row, Rema is set to release “anotha banga.” Dropping on Mavin Records/Jonzing World, “Woman” is a song that expresses his appreciation and admiration for all females.
Recently crowned Apple Music’s Up Next artist – previously awarded to Billie Eilish, Khalid & H.E.R – Afropop’s prince Rema has now released a trio of singles throughout June and July. He kicked things off with “Ginger Me,” a song created in a late-night studio session in London with UK producer The Elements. Quickly followed by trap-influenced track “Alien” which took us on a trippy journey through the mind of a young heartbreaker.
Crediting his parents for introducing him to Fela Kuti & 2Face, Rema draws influences far beyond West Africa with Bollywood, Trap, Afrobeats, and Pop all becoming part of his trademark sound. With co-signs from the likes of Drake, Barack Obama and now Rihanna, Rema is on his way for a global takeover.
Stream “Woman” via Spotify below.
La Doña releases debut EP ‘Algo Nuevo’
Latina artist La Doña has officially released her debut Algo Nuevo EP via Human Re-Sources. Produced heavily by Doña herself, the EP includes previously-released singles “Quién Me La Paga” (“Whose Going To Pay For It?” in English), an infectious cumbia-led track that denounces life’s ever-increasing expenses, and the self-coined “femmeton” anthem “Le Lo Lai,” which reverts the machismo paradigm so prevalent in reggaeton and hip-hop.
Speaking on the EP, La Doña says: “Algo nuevo is a gift of something new; it is a statement about the versatility of musical forms and diasporic rhythms; it is a marriage of the traditional with the contemporary; it is an offering and a statement to la raza, the boss girls, las malas, the non-binary and queer homies, ‘I see you, I am you, and I made this for you.'”
The EP is a fruitful and masterful collage of La Doña’s world. The artist composes songs influenced heavily by Bay Area hyphy styles, lowrider culture, Mission muralismo, and musica de la (U.S./Mexico) frontera, while exploring radical brown femininity alongside love and pain.
Algo Nuevo also arrives alongside La Doña’s release show at The Chapel in San Francisco tonight where she’ll be joined by Sazon Libre, Chulita Vinyl Club, and Mariachi Juvenil La Misión.
After touring North America in support of Cuco, opening for legendary Mexican rock group Café Tacvba, and being named one of YouTube Music’s Foundry artists with past alumni including Rosalía, Dua Lipa, Chloe X Halle, and Gunna, La Doña is entering 2020 in full force.
Listen to the Algo Nuevo EP, here
Roddy Ricch’s Video Release for ‘The Box’ made the #1 Song in the Country even Hotter
Roddy Ricch has officially dropped the highly anticipated music video for “The Box” on Friday.
The Compton rapper premiered the impressive self-directed visual for “The Box” and there are several boxes scattered implanted in the clip, making the theme cohesive throughout the video.
“The Box” is the chart-topping song featured on Ricch’s debut studio album Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, and has held the top spot on the Billboard charts for over five consecutive weeks.
In the video, Ricch is seeing scaling buildings, winning car races, lounging in the pool, slam-dunking basketballs and more. It concludes with him in a box factor and ultimately on display in a museum.
Ricch has made major plays this year with his win for Best Rap Performance at the 2020 Grammys for “Racks in the Middle with the late Nipsey Hussle. The Young emcee is currently on the second leg of his first headlining tour with shows coming up in Miami, Washington, D.C., and London.
Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial released Dec. 6. You can stream Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial below via Spotify and grab it on iTunes.
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