From a very young age Amber has always had a way with words; but gaining confidence in her writing skills was the foundation upon which she began building her unique spoken word music dream. Flowing over soft piano and acoustic guitar melodies on Youtube; Amber is heavily inspired by the ever-humble George the Poet and Ed Sheeran.
HOW DID YOU FIRST REALISE YOU HAD A TALENT FOR SPOKEN WORD?
Well I have written for as long as I can remember really, I've always been in love with English, especially when it came to poems. When I would receive praise in high school for writing it made me think that maybe I should take it further. I began focusing on spoken word last summer, and I shared a couple with my best friend and he was the reason why I released my first piece not long after that. I think I just needed the confidence and support to put my work out there.
WHAT HELPED YOU PIECE TOGETHER YOUR POETRY WITH SOFT PIANO AND ACOUSTIC GUITAR PRODUCTION?
I would look for hours on end trying to find the right accompaniment for my spoken word, but nothing really created the right feelings. I decided to go onto YouTube and type in acoustic guitar and piano instrumentals, and I'd find myself falling in love with every one of them, so much so that now I'm beginning to run out of instrumentals. With spoken word I feel it's important not to be out spoken by your music and to let your words speak for themselves, so the soft and acoustic backing tracks were perfect accompaniments to my pieces.
WHAT SORT OF CONCEPTS ARE YOU DESCRIBING THROUGH YOUR MUSIC?
I like to feel like people can listen to my music and it will trigger a particular emotion, or thought through my words, so I aim to write about quite relatable subjects. I also like to write about issues which may not concern a wide range of people, such as in my track Poison which is about growing up dealing with an alcoholic mother. I feel it can provoke both empathy and sympathy for the characters involved, and I have got quite good feedback on my more emotive pieces. My music is quite relatable to not only youth of today, but general stereotypes which are posed within society.
IS THERE A BALANCE BETWEEN HOW MUCH YOU WRITE FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCES AND YOUR OBSERVATIONS OF OTHER LIFE SITUATIONS.
So far none of my released pieces are from personal experiences yet. I have people, even some friends asking me "is this about you?" and I don't like to say no, because I believe that personal experience provokes more of an emotion when listening to music. However I do have some ready to be released pieces that are written from personal experience, but I'm abit wary to open my life up to the world just yet.
WHICH ROLE MODELS FIRST INSPIRED YOU TO CREATE MUSIC?
I first got introduced to George the Poet's work shortly before I started creating my own music, and I must say he was a great inspiration when it came to not only writing, but performing as well. Spoken word done properly has the ability to leave a crowd wanting more and leave them speechless, and he made me feel both of those things. He was probably the biggest factor in my creative progress but Ed Sheeran was probably the other person I Iook up to within music; not just lyrically, but his journey and his overall progress. The fact that he is able to stay so humble through all of his success really reached out to me and inspired me to take a journey of my own.
WHAT DIRECTION ARE YOU AIMING TO TAKE YOUR MUSIC IN THE NEXT YEAR?
l would love to start working on a project of my own, maybe an EP in the near future, but for now I just want to get myself out there and have my work recognised by a wider audience. I need to work so much harder to get to where I want to go, and I'm ready to put in the work. There isn't really a big platform for spoken word, (of course there's a couple) but I don't feel like there are females out there, so I would love to be one of the first to set the bar for others, I think that would be amazing.
I have so many incomplete songs and ideas that I'm so anxious to finish and release, but I don't like to rush my writing because I feel like they work out much better when they come to me naturally. I could be sitting at work and an idea for a song will just hit me, or lyrics will just come to mind and I'll have to write them down and come back to them later. Most of my songs I'm currently writing have non-permanent titles, just to remind me which song is which, as I don't want to release any titles just yet. Just know that there is much more to come from me, and much better at that.