Introducing: Funk Queen Amber-Simone

Thursday 07 February 2019
Words Mimi Wright

With smooth jams and the ultimate, cool sounds, Amber-Simone is an artist to watch. Her new single ‘Only You’ from her upcoming EP, ‘For Those Momets’, is funky, meaningful and just fun to listen to. It comes after ‘Strawberry Kisses’, a retro-inspired track that’s easy to blast through your speakers.

We chatted with Amber-Simone about what she is looking forward to this year, especially live shows and forthcoming EPs.

How would you describe your sound in five words or less?

Kaleidoscope dreams.

You previously stated that Womack and Womack and Michael Jackson are a couple of musicians who have influenced your music. What is it about their music or artistry that inspires you?

Honestly, I just love the Womack and Womack song Teardrops. They don’t inspire me artistically, really. That’s just a banging tune. Michael Jackson, on the other hand, that’s a self explanatory answer. I don’t think any sort of explanation would quite encapsulate why, other than he is everything!

Your forthcoming EP ‘For Those Moments’ is set to be released this year. How would you describe the vibe of this EP?

I’m so excited to have it come out and for people to be able to listen and dance to it. I think it’s definitely become a project that sonically developed over time from one song to the next and has defiantly matured with me during the process over the last year or so. The songs really became little snapshots into my mind in those moments, hence the title, and it’s pretty cool listening back to it now and reflecting on where I was inspiration and life-wise with each song.

You are set to debut in Bermondsey. What are you most looking forward to about upcoming live gigs?

I wrote these songs with the intention of playing them live, so this Bermondsey show feels like a massive milestone for me, and I can’t wait to to bring the songs to life and just have fun. To me, the live element is what it’s all about, and live music is why I wanted to make music in the first place – so excited is an understatement. Slightly bricking it, but bloody buzzing!

If you had to listen to one album for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Michael Jackson ‘Off The Wall’ or Children of Zeus ‘Travel Light’ because they make me feel warm inside.

Your new single ‘Only You’ has such a cool, funky, authentic vibe. How will the other songs on your EP compare to this one?

Thank you very much. I’d say generally the songs are all fun and energetic in one way or another, but I’m pretty excited about the one I wrote most recently that has a different approach and mindset about it. It’s got me thinking about how I’ll approach making new music and finding that balance between subject matter, musicality and just good vibes.

It’s rumoured you might have another EP out later this year. Can you give us any sneak peak information into what this EP will be like?

New music will always just be me at that time doing what feels good to me! So it all really just depends on that, the unknown, which is the fun part.