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Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Amerik find out more about him…

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
Originally from Omagh, but I have lived in Belfast for over 10 years. I first got started in music when I was 14 years old and asked to play bass in a band exclusively playing Blink 182 or Green Day, which was right up my street. I have been playing bass ever since with acts such as Gareth Dunlop, Blue Americans and In Case of Fire.
However, this is my first solo adventure taking my own influences from every project I’ve ever been involved in and I am so excited to finally release it to the world.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
Blink 182 (still are!), Foo Fighters, Damien Rice and Michael Jackson. Now, Tycho, Jonsi & Alex, Caspian, Steve Reich and Bonobo.

How would you describe your sound?
Simple melodies that intertwine to create grand emotive symphony of sound.

What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
My first single is called ‘One’ and it was influenced at a time where I just wanted to write something that I would appreciate if I was in a certain mood or funk that I couldn’t get out of. To bring a form of peace, but inspire to move forward.

What’s your local music scene like?
Belfast music scene has had such a thriving collection of amazing artists in the past, which seems to be continuing with people such as Ryan McMullan, Travis is a Tourist and Blue Americans. It’s great to have such amazing talent on your doorstep.

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What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I plan to release 5 singles over the course of the rest of the year, with the intention of an EP afterwards in 2019. Planning is afoot for a live performance, but not being your normal band, I want it to be a unique experience, rather than just another show.

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Some of my favourite acts I mentioned above, but Tycho, Steve Reich, Sigur Ros and Olafur Arnalds. I think just understanding how they compose or their thought process when making pieces would be incredible.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I haven’t performed live yet, so hopefully none will arise when I finally do it!

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
During my early days of playing bass, the band I played in at the time opened for Westlife and Ronan Keating! Some say I peaked in my career too quickly!

You can find out more about Amerik via Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify or Twitter.