Q&A: Alex Amor

Scottish artist Alex Amor is quickly becoming an artist on the rise. Recently sharing her double single project “Summer Is Sweet With You”, her dream pop talents lure you in with its sugar coated vocals, leaving you craving a lot more. With her magical lyricism and seriously cool aesthetics, her new project follows her debut EP Love Language that caught the attention of Radio 1’s Annie Mac and Sian Eleri. Now, ahead of her headline show at King Tuts in Glasgow on December 16th, we caught up with Alex to talk all about her world. 

Hi Alex, thanks so much for chatting to us! How has your year been?

Thanks for having me! This year has been many things but mostly it’s been amazing. In January, I released my first body of work, my EP Love Language, into the world – so that was cool. I’ve met some amazing people online and offline too. Recently, I’ve been trying to slow my mind down a lot, seeing as everything else in my life is racing ahead!

You’ve recently shared your new double single project “Summer Is Sweet With You”, can you tell us more about the project?

The project came from a genuine place during the pandemic. I was finding freedom in a relationship when it felt like the whole world was literally locked down. I’m not really the type of person to throw caution to the wind, but sometimes you just have to say ‘fuck it’ and go with your intuition, do something drastic and ride the rollercoaster. The music has an uplifting feeling to it and a sense of possibility, which is ultimately what I wanted to convey with this project.

Really loving your hazy indie-pop sound, where do you draw the most inspiration from?

I listen to a lot of dream pop bands from the west coast and Canada like Men I Trust,  Alvvays, Wild Nothing and Beach Fossils. There’s a sense of warmth in the music I’m inspired by, that puts your mind at ease. I’m naturally quite an anxious person, so I like music to calm my nervous system down. My producer for the ‘Summer is Sweet with You’ singles owns a lot of analog gear, which was so much fun to experiment with over the past year. I’ve wanted to experiment with synths for such a long time and I’m finally managing to translate the sounds I hear in my head into the music.

What does your creative process look like?

Recently I’ve been inspired by movies. There’s something about listening to a monologue at a pivotal scene that always makes me want to write afterwards. Yesterday I wrote a poem after watching ‘IT: Chapter 2’. It’s about how us humans seem to always forget the good memories while we never seem to be able to get rid of the bad ones. It’s hard to let go of things that hurt us in the past but it’s so easy to forget all the great things that have happened to us. So yeah, I’ll probably bring that poem into a session and make a song out of it. If I’m lucky, I’ll pick the right chords for the song, and improvise the right melodies to go with the lyrics. That would be a good day in the studio!

Are you excited to kick off your debut live shows?

Yes, I am very excited for my headline show in December! I can’t wait to sing with everyone in the crowd and hang out with people after the show. I’m just blessed to be playing at such an iconic venue in Glasgow. Supporting Thomas Headon on tour next month should be fun too!

You’ve toured with The Snuts, did you pick up any top tips for live performances?

Just to not overthink it. Every show will be different, so just vibe with the crowd on the day and relax into it. Oh, and they told me to call out any male members in the audience who wolf whistle at me! We’ve not got any time for that in 2021, have we?

What’s on your playlist at the moment? Any female artists we should put on our radar?

I actually have a playlist on my artist page on spotify called ‘insyde my mynd’ that I update every month. Right now, I’m listening to ‘Promises’ by Cleo Sol, ‘Scab Song’ by Dora Jar, ‘He Said She Said’ by The Deep Blue and ‘Blame’ by Lavender Lane. If you want to hear more follow my playlist 😉

And finally, what does an Alex Amor weekend look like?

ABSOLUTELY MENTAL. If by that, you mean meditating and cooking a pot of chilli.

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Q&A: Alex Amor
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