Ámaris Wen is an impressive singer, songwriter and producer who calls London home. Fresh off the release of her newest album Dream World, we got the opportunity to catch up with her and learn more about her new music, her inspirations, and what she’s looking forward to in the future!
What is your personal favorite track from Dream World?
“Too Sad” is my favorite track on the album! It was one of the first tracks of the album, and one of the first songs where I really allowed myself to be vulnerable with the lyrics. It sort of defined the rest of the album.
What song was the most difficult for you to write on Dream World? What do you think made it the most challenging?
That’s probably “Without You” though I didn’t have to write that many lyrics for it! It’s a song I wrote when I was in Europe for a short time, and then couldn’t return to London because of the lockdown. The song sort of is about me missing the city, but somehow I couldn’t find the rhymes. What helped me was to put myself really into this situation and observe what emotions emerged. Also, for the song “Sunsets”, we had wanted to go outside to record some samples, but because of social distancing, that didn’t work out. So, we were in the studio, and I had the idea to record samples using algae sheets – which were actually eaten, later – and we recorded the drumming of fingers on a chair and this is the snare that you hear in the final song.
Who are your top three female inspirations in the music industry? Why?
Oh, there are so many! But Mariah Carey has probably been my biggest inspiration since I’ve been little. “When you believe”, her duet with Whitney Houston, was the first record I ever had, when I was in primary school. My cousin had watched the movie The Prince of Egypt with me, where the song was featured – she works as a flight attendant, and was always busy, so being able to see her was always exciting – and since then I was really inspired by Mariah‘s music. Mary J. Blidge also has been a huge influence on my music when I first got started, I think her lyrics are so meaningful and unique. Then, Etta James’ music was really inspiring to me when I started writing songs.
In your opinion, how has living in London influenced your music?
When I moved to London for the first time, I lived in Camden, which has this amazing buzz and energy. I loved Camden, because it’s so vibrant. I think that music evolves, and I guess after moving to London my music sort of evolved alongside with me, because I evolved. I love stories and cities, and every district has its own stories. I think that experiencing new places really allows us to be inspired!
What is your favorite part about writing / releasing an album? Your least favorite?
That’s probably the writing and recording itself – and everything that gives me an excuse to get outside, such as filming music videos or researching. As for what I’m not too crazy about when recording an album, I think people sometimes don’t realize this, but a lot of work on the days leading up to a release is actually spent with charts and schedules. Even when I was managing playlists for a major record label for a brief period there were still lots of charts involved! But I’m grateful that I can do what I do, and this is just something that is part of producing an album.
Writer's block - everybody experiences it at one point or another. What helps you break out of a block?
If I had discovered what helps against writer’s block then I’d have probably written a million songs! I feel that I get inspired quickly, but I still have writer’s block sometimes. Most of the time, I just try and do something completely different – such as going outside, running – or I try to get inspired again, by listening to music, or going to a museum. It might sound funny, but last time I experienced writer’s block and I couldn’t go outside because of Covid-19, I built an artificial city in the video game Cities: Skylines. That really helped me to get inspired again!
What is the main message you hope people take away from your album?
Dream World is about new beginnings and about letting go, so the message I wanted to share was that you have to move forward, and therefore create your “dream world”. 2020 has been crazy so far, and whether we’re talking about inequality, racism, or the environment, it all results in having to change things, to work together, and to create the world that you want.
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Interviewed by Jenn O’Hagan :
From event coordination and marketing, to community management and performing, the PR Director of Cyber PR , Jenn has glanced behind-the-curtain in many areas of this industry. Well-versed in all things Cyber PR, Jenn works with artists to identify if they’re a perfect fit for our company and if so, which services will be the best match. Find out more about Jenn and Cyber PR here.
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