Swiss electro-pop artist Amaris has recently released her newest album entitled: "Neon Colors", which was her first step into a new genre.
Amaris is a Dutch singer, songwriter and producer as well as an author and actress. Raised in Switzerland she is the producer and singer behind Amaris and the EDM project Geiko-female electronic dance music. Besides "Neon Colors" she has also simultaneously released "The Hollow", a new Geiko album.
After studying drama in Frankfurt Germany she debuted as an actress in theatre in 2011, and has also written a Sci-FI novel in 2017. I shared questions and answers with her regarding her music and "Neon Colors".
What influenced "Neon Colors"?
Neon Colors is, I guess, an album about being independent and doing what you want. It was quite important to me that the album had a strong independent character, and that it would be fun to listen to. The album emerged out of a collection of songs I had produced while working on the Geiko album and while working on my books, one of which is ‘Chariots of Orion’. Writing a sci-fi novel simultaneously clearly influenced the album, and I rather you can guess from songs like ‚Deep into space‘, ‚Critical Orbit‘ or also ‚Supernova‘ from my other album ‚Geiko- The Hollow‘. Space and the possibilities of other civilizations on other planets have always fascinated me, I guess I’m quite a nerd at that:) I still really like electronic music, and that's why I called the genre of the album "bass and blues", because it should show that I still like bass music. And I’m a synaesthetic, which means I can see colors when listening to music or reading. So I tried to merge the songs so that the colors fitted. To me, ‘Neon Colors’ is pink, and ‘Deep into space’ for example is dark blue. These things always influence me when producing music.
What message if any are you trying to get out there with "Neon Colors"?
In general, I leave it to people what message they interpret from my music. Each person is different and everyone will get another message that fits them best. Also, you shouldn’t always take my stuff too serious:) But a message that I would like for people to get from ‘Neon Colors’, and especially from ‘Unsigned’ is that you should go your own way and follow your dreams, even if the odds seem to be against it. ‘Unsigned’ is a not-so-serious, melodramatic song about a singer that just doesn’t get signed. But by saying, ‘I love to be unsigned’, the protagonist in the song doesn’t let this stand in their way anymore, he or she decides to just follow their dreams and believe in themselves.
What are your musical influences?
That’s a hard one. I guess I’ve grown up with a lot of different musical influences. I’ve studied classical singing for a few years but also listened to electronic music at the same time so maybe both kinds of music influenced me. The whole Geiko thing emerged when I was bored doing my ballet exercises at drama school, so, to cheer things up, I swapped the piano music for dubstep and suddenly training was much more fun. This was probably the first step into what changed my music and unraveled my fervor for bass music.
Do you have a musical hero?
Well, Beyoncé always helped me through my jazz dance exercises, so I really like her work. And I’m quite a fan of Sofia Boutella’s. I know that she‘s a dancer- and actress- rather than a singer, but her work’s really inspiring to me, I think she’s beautiful.
Will you be touring in support of the new album?
Yeah, I’d definitely dig an ‘Unsigned’ tour!
If you could say anything to your fans what would it be?
I guess I’d just thank them for their support. And if they are artists I’d tell them to create something new, and not to give up if they’re not instantly signed:)
What is your musical history and what made you decide to go into the music business?
I didn’t actively decide to go into music business- I think no one does. It’s something that you have, like, inside you, isn’t it? It just felt right.
As for my musical history, I got into classical singing when I was around 14 or 15, and studied it for a couple of years. I was good, but I realized that it would not be enough for an operatic career. And I have an alto range voice, which made it difficult to reach those high ranged tones. However, I continued singing in drama &musical school, but couldn't have decided between music or acting, I just love both. As I said before, ironically it was while training classical ballet that I discovered my love for electronic music. With 23 years or so, in 2014, I released the first Geiko album, which was still quite experimental. Before, I had hung in the blues / folk band Idyllion for a while as a singer and playing the keyboards, but when I released the album I couldn't proceed any longer with that. It was the sign to go solo. The musical journey that led to "Neon Colors" and "The Hollow" was 2 years of producing. The new bass & blues project "Amaris" is surely something new, but I guess when you change, your music changes with you, and I think that makes your music ‘evolve’.
Written by Eileen Shapiro
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