AMBER WARREN INTERVIEW
Driffield-based songstress Amber Warren has turned plenty of ears in 2016, not least because of her acclaimed single, “Cobwebs.” Here, in interview with “Pulse” author Steve Rudd, Amber chats about her music…
Hi Amber, how are things, and how has 2016 treated you in general?
2016 has been a good year for me. I have developed and found who I want to be as a musician (for now at least). I played a lot of the good local festivals during summer, too, which is something I really enjoy doing. I’ve also watched a lot of Netflix!
Your profile has risen considerably over the past couple of years. Has it been a case of gigging as much as time and opportunity have permitted you to do so?
Yes. It has definitely been a case of gigging as much as I could to develop myself as a live musician. I also think that I’ve met a lot of brilliant people over the past two years who I would never have crossed paths without music.
How would you best describe the kind of music that you write?
A lot of people refer to it as “Folk-Pop.” I just like to think that it’s little bits of all the music I like to listen to merged into one.
How long have you been singing and playing guitar?
I have been singing since I was around 4 years old, and playing guitar for 3 years.
Tell us a little about the way that you write your songs. Do you sit down, thinking, I’m going to write a song today, and then go for it?
My songs tend to be a collection of different phrases that I write in a notebook, and then I write around them. It takes me quite a while to finish a song, and I tend to get a couple at once, and then none for a while.
Which bands and singers have influenced you the most?
I really like Daughter at the moment. I think the lyrical side of the songwriting is so open and real. I also like Ben Howard and Joni Mitchell. My mum always plays Joni’s vinyl in the house; I think that’s why I like it so much… her “Blue” album especially.
So what do you enjoy the most? Working in the studio, or performing on stage?
It’s hard to say. I think I enjoy them both equally.
Are you hoping to make a living from making music?
Yes – hopefully.
So what’s coming up on the near-horizon for you?
Next step for me is an EP, I think… something I can give to people at gigs. I’m wanting to do a lot more live performances, too.
Finally, how can people find out more about you and your music?
Head to my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ amberwarrenmusic - I tend to post everything on there.
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