Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned London based singer Aymee Weir to find out more…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I’m from a small town in Worcestershire called Droitwich. Growing up there, I had a lot of opportunities to perform within my school - talent shows etc. We were also really encouraged to play musical instruments. I’ve played the piano since I was 6 and I picked up the guitar at 14 and started writing songs.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I grew up with Avril Lavigne, Paramore and Green Day so all very emotional pop rock stuff. Avril was the reason I picked up the guitar! I wanted to be her so bad... When I started songwriting at around 14, I started to look at my hero’s influences and got really into Alanis Morrisette and Eva Cassidy. At the moment I’m loving Julia Michaels, Sigrid and Oh Wonder.
How would you describe your sound?
Impassioned electronic pop with acoustic roots.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest release is called ‘Stay That Way.’ I wanted to keep it simple with production. It’s mainly piano, guitar and some subtle drums with some atmospheric, but not intruding synths. It’s written about wanting to re-visit a past relationship, but realising it’s in the past for a reason and should probably stay there.
What’s your local music scene like?
I moved to London 5 years ago for this very reason! The music scene is great. I’m a part of a fantastic busking community, as well as being involved with various music venues around London. Everyone is here to succeed, everyone is very driven and creative and it’s very inspiring to be around. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I did my first band show at Lakefest 2019 this year on the BBC Introducing stage and we have plans to do other band shows in the near future. I’ve got some studio time in October where I’m going to be recording some new music so look out for that in 2020! I’ll also be uploading demos and original music in the early stages to my YouTube channel.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Julia Michaels! I love her conversational songwriting style. Might drop her a tweet or two... you never know!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I was doing a gig for LADbible the other week, and half way through singing ‘Leave a Light On’ Tom Walker walked on stage and starting singing with me. Wasn’t expecting it! He’s a cool guy and we had a nice chat afterwards.