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ARTIST ON OUR RADAR: AMBER-SIMONE

We’re starting a new blog series! And this time, it’s all about finding new incredible music artists and putting you onto them because we can’t keep them all to ourselves, it wouldn’t be fair! We’re kicking the series off with an artist we discovered this year that we instantly fell in love with. This artist is the perfect blend of Neo-Soul, Gospel and modern R&B. After releasing her second EP, ‘Black, No Sugar’, we were lucky enough to be invited to attend her latest live show!

Amber-Simone brought the house down last month at her first gig in two years! Peckham Audio’s intimate scenery perfectly carried the essence for great vibes. Excited chattery fans were ready to sing along to their favourite songs that got them through lockdown. Low strobing lights of ocean blue and fiery red lit the scene and a band with an electrifying chemistry set the tone of what was a vibrant and unforgettable evening.

After being away from the spotlight, the East London singer-songwriter showed what true stage presence looked like. Performing fan favourite's, ‘Potential’, ‘Strawberry Kisses’ and ‘Black, No Sugar’, Amber-Simone had spectators wrapped around her finger. We caught up with the soulful songstress after her headline show, gaining insight into her experience as well as what inspired her recent EP.

“... [be] to yourself as you know that you are, not exactly as you are. And there’s no means that you have to “sweeten the deal” to be palatable to people who aren’t ready for you.”
— AMBER-SIMONE

How did you feel in the lead-up of your EP and then doing your headline show shortly after?

“I feel like the E.P. channelled a lot of my frustration and heartache,” she told us. “It was kinda like a diary entry to help make sense of the thoughts that I was having; what I was going through".

"A live show where everyone came together and sang back to me words that I’d written in a moment where I felt quite distressed was cool. It felt like closing a chapter."

What was the message behind ‘Black, No Sugar?’

“When it comes to ‘Black, No Sugar’ itself it’s very much a song about feeling empowered in my Blackness and, you know, my mixed heritage. That can translate even to people who don't come from an ethnic background too".

"It’s about being true to yourself as you know that you are, not exactly as you are. And there's no means that you have to “sweeten the deal” to be palatable to people who aren't ready for you.”

What was the difference between your performances pre-COVID and post-COVID?

“It's been a lot of growth in terms of my personal development and life experience, and I think that's definitely influenced my identity, which I think you kind of can see. Across the two projects, I've really stepped into my womanhood".

"It emulates that level of maturity and the transition into a more comfortable and confident space than, I suppose, and more innocent or a little bit more sugarcoated version of myself.”

What does 2022 look like for you? Can we expect any more live shows?

“I hope so. We haven't got any booked in as of yet, but I'm hopeful. I'm hoping to release some more music next year. I’ll be leading the beginning of the year with some singles and then kind of seeing where that grows. Putting another project out to close the year off would be a great place to be. I'd love to do some more headline stuff and also love to appear at festivals. That would be really cool.”

We’re looking forward to 2022 if it means more of Amber-Simone and we’re predicting an incredible career for the artist. See you at the next show!

CREDITS:​

Written by - Esi Mongo

Special thanks to Amber-Simone.

ARTIST ON OUR RADAR: AMBER-SIMONE

We’re starting a new blog series! And this time, it’s all about finding new incredible music artists and putting you onto them because we can’t keep them all to ourselves, it wouldn’t be fair! We’re kicking the series off with an artist we discovered this year that we instantly fell in love with. This artist is the perfect blend of Neo-Soul, Gospel and modern R&B. After releasing her second EP, ‘Black, No Sugar’, we were lucky enough to be invited to attend her latest live show!

Amber-Simone brought the house down last month at her first gig in two years! Peckham Audio’s intimate scenery perfectly carried the essence for great vibes. Excited chattery fans were ready to sing along to their favourite songs that got them through lockdown. Low strobing lights of ocean blue and fiery red lit the scene and a band with an electrifying chemistry set the tone of what was a vibrant and unforgettable evening.

After being away from the spotlight, the East London singer-songwriter showed what true stage presence looked like. Performing fan favourite's, ‘Potential’, ‘Strawberry Kisses’ and ‘Black, No Sugar’, Amber-Simone had spectators wrapped around her finger. We caught up with the soulful songstress after her headline show, gaining insight into her experience as well as what inspired her recent EP.

“... [be] to yourself as you know that you are, not exactly as you are. And there’s no means that you have to “sweeten the deal” to be palatable to people who aren’t ready for you.”
— AMBER-SIMONE

How did you feel in the lead-up of your EP and then doing your headline show shortly after?

“I feel like the E.P. channelled a lot of my frustration and heartache,” she told us. “It was kinda like a diary entry to help make sense of the thoughts that I was having; what I was going through".

"A live show where everyone came together and sang back to me words that I’d written in a moment where I felt quite distressed was cool. It felt like closing a chapter."

What was the message behind ‘Black, No Sugar?’

“When it comes to ‘Black, No Sugar’ itself it’s very much a song about feeling empowered in my Blackness and, you know, my mixed heritage. That can translate even to people who don't come from an ethnic background too".

"It’s about being true to yourself as you know that you are, not exactly as you are. And there's no means that you have to “sweeten the deal” to be palatable to people who aren't ready for you.”

What was the difference between your performances pre-COVID and post-COVID?

“It's been a lot of growth in terms of my personal development and life experience, and I think that's definitely influenced my identity, which I think you kind of can see. Across the two projects, I've really stepped into my womanhood".

"It emulates that level of maturity and the transition into a more comfortable and confident space than, I suppose, and more innocent or a little bit more sugarcoated version of myself.”

What does 2022 look like for you? Can we expect any more live shows?

“I hope so. We haven't got any booked in as of yet, but I'm hopeful. I'm hoping to release some more music next year. I’ll be leading the beginning of the year with some singles and then kind of seeing where that grows. Putting another project out to close the year off would be a great place to be. I'd love to do some more headline stuff and also love to appear at festivals. That would be really cool.”

We’re looking forward to 2022 if it means more of Amber-Simone and we’re predicting an incredible career for the artist. See you at the next show!

CREDITS:​

Written by - Esi Mongo

Special thanks to Amber-Simone.