We caught up with babe to watch Amelia Payne to talk dream collabs, career highlights and what’s on the agenda for the rest of 2017…
What does a day in the life of Amelia Payne look like?
A typical day for me nowadays would definitely either be me in the studio working on new music in London or Brighton or in vocal training and writing new music at home.
When did you first realise you wanted to make music?
I definitely realised I wanted to make music when I was about 7 and would constantly be singing at home, in school… everywhere. I found myself always listening to other artists and craving to make my own music and create my own sound. Singing covers was one thing but I’d always wonder and dream from young of what it would be like to sing my own music one day.
How would you describe your sound?
I would say my sound is a solid mixture between R&B and Pop with an edge to it, sometimes bringing in my Caribbean roots. I grew up listening to a lot of hip hop/R&B in Miami alongside Caribbean music in Barbados and Pop overall.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?
The best gig I ever played would definitely have to be the one I did at The Old Queens Head in Islington. It was beyond exciting because I got to finally perform all my new material on my EP. The response was so positive and all my family, friends, producers, my vocal trainer and my entire team came out to support! It was great to have all that love and genuine support in one room.
If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be and why?
Wow, that’s a hard question. I think it would have to be between Drake and Frank Ocean. I think they’ve both developed themselves so well as artists to have such a distinct sound and they’re both so great melodically. I think the writing process would be so interesting and informative.
Who did you listen to growing up?
I grew up listening to artists such as Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige, Beyonce, Usher, Whitney Houton and Micheal Jackson to name a few.
Who’s your biggest musical inspiration?
My biggest musical inspiration would have to be Beyonce. Her work ethic, her vocal ability, the role she plays in the music industry and the way she’s developed such a strong career for herself, becoming one of the top female artists in the world is so inspirational. She would definitely one of my top dream collaborations.
What’s your guilty pleasure track?
My guilty pleasure track would have to be JoJo – ‘Too Little Too Late’
What’s the last album you listened to all the way through?
The last album I listened to start to finish would have to be “More Life” by Drake. I would say Drake is another inspiration as an artist especially when it comes to the way he tries to differentiate himself from everyone else when it comes to his sound and his constant hunger to be the best and put out the best music he can.
What’s been your career highlight/proudest moment?
I think the proudest moment for me would have to be when I released “Down”!
I think it was really a new phase in my music career. I’m such a perfectionist with my music and I was so happy with how everything came out… especially the visuals we paired with the track.
Who’s the coolest person you’ve worked with so far?
The coolest person I’ve worked with so far would have to be Arthur Gourounlian, the creative Director and Choreographer of the “Down” music video. Its actually impossible to not laugh when you’re around him. We have so much in common it’s ridiculous and since we have such a high respect for music and the arts we mesh so well. We always seem to come out with something we’re both proud of (especially since we’re both perfectionist haha) but always have the best time doing it. Working with him never feels like I’m “at work”.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
At the moment I’m listening to Drake, Kehlani, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Bruno Mars, Mura Masa and Zara Larrson to name a couple haha
What advice do you have for aspiring artists trying to break into the industry?
My advice to any artists looking to break into the music industry is that there are no rules… always follow your gut and make the music YOU want to make that’ll make you happy at the end of the day. The music industry is a tough place but always push yourself to be the best you possibly can be… It’ll pay off in the end. I’ve learnt it over the years and I think it’s the best mental note to always keep as an artist.
You can only listen to one album for the rest of your life, what is it?
Wow, I honestly wouldn’t be able to choose one album to listen to for the rest of my life. It would be way too hard for me… especially when I appreciate so many genres of music and artists. I think my top three would have to be an album by Frank Ocean, Drake or Beyoncé.
Where can we see you perform next?
I’m in the process of confirming a couple dates to perform in London very soon. Anyone looking to come out and see me should definitely keep a look out on my Instagram for any updates!
What’s on the agenda for the rest of 2017?
First on the agenda for the rest of 2017 is performing this summer in London to showcase all my new material on my recently released EP ‘My Escape.’
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