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“The DIY community is thriving more than ever these days. Amanda Jump is an up and coming electronic chillwave/seapunk producer from the US. Known for moving from genre to genre. #WEATNU DM was able to bring to light her latest EP “Florescence" and we had the pleasure of hearing about her influences and passion as a musician." 

Almark: Hello Amanda, thank you for doing this interview today with #WEATNU DM, how are you?

Amanda: I’m doing well! Thank you for this opportunity.

Almark: So you’ve just joined with #WEATNU, how’s the experience been so far?

Amanda: It’s been great. I love the togetherness of the WEATNU family and I think that the whole initiative is a great opportunity for undiscovered artists.

Almark: Great to hear that! You’re an up in coming artist to the electronic world, coupled with experimental, seapunk and hip-hop influences; how’s the career going?

Amanda: It’s going well. I’ve got a lot of new ideas in the works right now that I’m excited to bring to life.

Almark: What influences you to write the type of electronic you do? Since I hear so many styles, I must say that it sounds like you grew up to various types of music?

Amanda: I pull influences from everywhere. I enjoy all kinds of music, but a lot of my influences come from sounds from nature. I like going into the woods to sit in silence and absorb all the sounds around me. That inspires me the most.

Almark: Like the lush pads and laid back singing on this album. Kind of gives you that ambient-feel. You could make a new EP in the future called ‘Faerie wood’ or something I’m always giving names to albums!

Amanda: I think I started as more of an ambient artist and expanded from there. What I like about ambient music is that you can sit back and truly enjoy it for what it is. It’s the opposite of immediate satisfaction

Haha ‘Faerie wood’ that would definitely be interesting!

Almark: That might be a good concept project to write together on one day.

Amanda: Yeah definitely, collaborating with artists is something I’m always open to. Collaborating frequently is something I’m known for doing.

Almark: And yet this music is more atmospheric, instead of ambient. Ambient these days seems more a play on words.

Amanda: Atmospheric is a perfect term for it.

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Almark: One song in-particular has caught my ear. Plasma Waves ft. Derek Blaskie

Amanda: I feel as though Plasma Waves defines me the most as an artist. I love that song. I wrote it very quickly because it came so naturally. i knew i needed live drums to make it whole and Derek delivered exactly what I had envisioned.

Almark: I hear this liquid ambient sound to your work, reminds me of that early 90s ambient bass stuff on CD my friend use to have, really dug that stuff. It certainly has this urban-like sound to it. Was there an influence toward that old bass music in this EP?

Amanda: I thought that bass had a grungy feel to it which is something I wanted to bring to the song. And it’s so different from the other sounds on Plasma Waves. I like the contrast of it.

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Almark: Do you mix your own music? I also noticed that you work with Shark Anthony, who also works with Ashleigh another fine artist with us.

Amanda: I mix most of my own music but I’m still learning, so occasionally I’ll get help from Shark Anthony or other members of Midwest Collective. Mark mastered my Florescence EP and I thought he did a great job at it. He actually mixed Plasma Waves too.

Almark: Indeed, it’s very clean work, bravo to both of you.

Amanda: Thank you! Much appreciated

Almark: We get better with each mix. Of course. 🙂

Amanda: I agree. I try to make sure every song I put out is better than the last.

Almark: How did you first get into writing Electronic, what sparked the interest?

Amanda: It’s funny because I listen to electronic music the least out of all the other genres. What draws me to it is the immense diversity of sounds that I’m capable of creating.

Almark: Do you have any influences in regard to electronic artists?

Amanda: Grimes is my biggest influence. She’s also a female self-taught electronic artist and we share a lot of similar traits. Besides her, I’m also influenced by Boards of Canada, Daft Punk, and Metronomy.

Almark: Nailed it. I had a feeling you were a fan of Grimes. I am too.

Amanda: I love her. It’s my dream to collaborate with her someday.

Almark: But, I too enjoy those others groups, especially Boards of Canada, whom I’ve only been listening to for a few years. So those are great including Daft Punk.

Amanda: I used to sit and play the baseline to Genesis over and over again in my room!

Almark: [laughs] yeah

Amanda: Yeah i’ve been listening to them for years

Almark: Those past 4AD artists are pretty untouchable!

Amanda: Absolutely

Almark: When you go to write a song, how do you get started? Is there an idea, a tune or do you just dive in?

Amanda: Sometimes I try to sit down and play around with sounds until I create something I like, but a lot of times I create an entire song in my head and i try to replicate it.

Almark: It’s obvious you play by ear, have you also taken music theory? Also you went to Full Sail University, did that contribute to your music knowledge?

Amanda: I’m familiar with music theory, but i don’t even think about it when I write music. I believe music should come from a more emotional place. I don’t care about key signatures, and I don’t care much about what’s right or wrong. I just do what feels right to me. I went to Full Sail for Music Business, so I didn’t get to take any audio classes, but I learned the marketing side of music, which has really given me the upper hand.

Almark: And that is most beneficial to music in general.

Amanda: Music is boring when it’s done the “right" way!

Almark: What a profound statement, but I believe you have a point. Do you play on midi controller?

Amanda: I have a Novation Launchpad Mini, which I use frequently

Almark: Do you play other instruments? And how long have you been a vocalist? – Great voice btw.

Amanda: Thank you. I can play guitar, piano, clarinet, trombone, ukulele, and basic drums. I’ve been writing lyrics since I was 8, but I’ve always been very shy about singing so it’s strange to call myself a vocalist.

Almark: Impressive! I hear some hiphop on this album, your fav genre?

Amanda: Hip-hop is definitely one of my favorite genres, although in the future i think i’m going to shy away from it.

Almark: As another artist I met recently has told me, perhaps everyone is ready to work solo and electronic.

Amanda: It seems that way. With technology I think its easier now than ever to be a “one man band"

Almark: #WEATNU is very electronic-centered, so you’ve noticed?

Amanda: Yes, I like that about WEATNU. There aren’t a lot of communities out there for solely electronic artists.

Almark: Thank you, I felt it was best that there be a massively centered movement for electronic artists.

Amanda: I agree.

Almark: Being electronic avant-garde myself, it was about time. It’s 14 years late, but it’s here now, we’re the wave of the future.

Amanda: Better late than never!

Almark: Exactly and because the timing was just right, I believe its helping many artists. While we are on this subject, what do you think about #WEATNU, the help we bring, our label, magazine and radio?

Amanda: I think it’s great. Electronic artists need the support. EDM over-saturates the electronic community and doesn’t leave much spotlight for other artists. WEATNU provides a great platform for artists to get the recognition they deserve.

Almark: You said a mouthful. That’s exactly why it was formed. It gives, first the experimental artist their focus and that’s very important to a growing underground scene. EDM was out of control, it was time to do something about it. Electronic is so much more than commercial pop.

Amanda: Yeah I personally can’t stand commercial EDM.

Almark: The feeling is mutual.

Amanda: There’s no emotion to it.

Almark: #WEATNU is here to battle against the corp-takeover in the music business, but our battle against it has created a vibrant community who simply love electronic. Now, deep house and other dance-related electronic styles are kicking!

Amanda: Absolutely, deep house is great. Same with disco.

Almark: It’s quite interesting to hear our artists in #WEATNU speak about certain subjects. Some that need to be spoken of.

Amanda: There are branches of EDM I like, but I despise what it’s become. And it’s completely destroyed festival culture. You shouldn’t have to be on Molly to enjoy a show.

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Almark: Back to listening to your work: I’m working my way down to NIGHTSOUL – Music Journals Vol. 1, I love the vibe.

Amanda: I felt very sad when I wrote Nightsoul. Or not even sad, it was just a confusing time

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Almark: That is true, our hearts create the music we hear. Now listening to TABULA RASA. 

Amanda: Tabula Rasa actually starts with a sample from NASA. It’s the sound of the Earth spinning from space. I thought it was beautiful. I’d love to make more music like that.

Almark: It’s just a matter of doing so, great work. Are you currently touring in your area, or wish to?

Amanda: Not yet. I’m currently working on some new songs that will translate better on stage, so I plan to start playing shows in the next few months. I’m already planning stage plots and props.

Almark: These final songs on your soundcloud, certainly have a different vibe. Are you more interested in being solo?

Amanda: I will always be a solo artist, but I like featuring other artists in my songs. I think that collaborating almost always makes for better music.

Almark: Anything to spice things up.

Amanda: Well I draw inspiration from other artists, and I always learn something from the process. Two heads are better than one.

Almark: Exactly. Since we are talking about your latest EP, what would you like to say about it. What is the listener hearing upon first listen?

Amanda: I put a lot of thought into the track listing. I think it tells a story. Florescence is the process of flowering or blossoming, so this EP was my way of growing into the artist I’ve always wanted to be. It has a very wide range of emotion, from joy to hatred to bliss to anxiety to narcissism. If you listen closely, it shows who I am at my core.

Almark: What DAW are you using? I could guess…

Amanda: I use Ableton for everything except vocals. I record vocals in ProTools, but edit them in Logic and Ableton.

Amanda: I used Logic for my first few songs.

Almark: Sounds like a very pro setup.

Amanda: It’s anything but haha

Almark: Most of us have to download our copies of Live 😉

Amanda: I won’t say how I got mine – haha

Almark: Of course not – laughs.

So you’re working on a new album?

Amanda: Yes. I’m taking my time with it – I don’t think I’ll be done with it for another six months.

Almark: We hope to hear it then.

Amanda: I think it will be legendary.

Almark: Have you had an ear full of music yet from our radio #WEATNU OUR?

Amanda: Yes I have!

Almark: That’s 30+ hours mind you 😉

Amanda: I’ve listened to it for a couple hours. I try to listen a little each day.

Almark: Any favourites?

Amanda: Not yet. I’ve been so busy with getting settled in at my new home that I haven’t had much time to listen to music, but all of the artists I’ve heard from WEATNU so far have been great. Ashleigh is great, and so is the latest newcomer PrinceKas. PrinceKas and I are actually talking about collaborating.

Almark: Great to hear, he was just featured in #WEATNU DM. Talk about talented.

Amanda: Very talented.

Almark: #WEATNU is bringing together artists and music lovers alike, we’re indeed making history. Without the need for greed or corporate control. There was a void, we filled it. On a massive scale!

Amanda: Definitely!

Almark: Do you have some plans for the future?

Amanda: I have a music video shoot penciled in for this summer along with a photo shoot. Besides that I’m working on my album and putting together a live show.

Almark: Great, we hope to see another video by you.

Last question: “What do you think about clowns?"

Amanda: I don’t really have much of an opinion on clowns. I’m not scared of them or anything – haha

Almark: [laughs]

Thank you Amanda for doing this interview with #WEATNU DM today. Good luck to you and your future in music.

Amanda: Thanks for having me!

Almark#WEATNU Digital Magazine

Intro written by Almark

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Interview with Adryelle

“Original and passionate ‘DreamPop’ artist Adryelle. was kind enough to have a interview with us. Her music is comfortably wrapped in melancholy moods, while happily combined with influences of Depeche Mode and Tori Amos. Listen to her love of music, art and the future of her career.”

How are you today, Adryelle? – Pardon me for asking, but is this is your name or artist pseudonym?

Adryelle: Yes, that is my name! I’m doing very well, enjoying the warmer weather. How are you?

I’m good thank you. We are very glad to have this interview with you today here on #WEATNU DM.

Adryelle: Thank you, I am glad to be apart of it 🙂

Your music reminds me of Tori Amos and Depeche Mode? Beautiful combo!

Adryelle: Yes, thats how people have described my music.

Maybe also with a hint of Grimes so people are saying?

Adryelle: Yeah, I’ve got a lot of that too as well, similar with Banks, Kate Bush and Taylor Swift! haha.

What best describes your music in terms to a new listener/fan?

Adryelle: I would say electronic dreampop. Or chillwave. Your latest album ‘The Waiting Room” is out now on WEATNU Records. People are hearing this great music, any thoughts?

Adryelle: Yeah, its awesome to be apart of WEANTU and all of the artists involved. It’s a great community. I think there is so much music out there now and its hard for people to zone into specific genres. Providing a context for listeners is a great way to present specific music to the world and cut through everything else. And I think WEANTU is a great context for that.

We’re very glad to have you with us. The opening song on your album – ‘The Waiting Room’ – reminds me of Tori Amos’ Spark. Are there personal references to this song?

Adryelle: Thank you, but no, there’s no references to that song.

Just a burst of inspiration one day, poetically speaking?

Adryelle: Yes, I wrote the lyrics separate from the music, it didn’t come together all at once like a lot of songs do. But the lyrics and music worked well with each other. I worked on the music first and just kept building the layers up.

How do you normally approach song writing?

Adryelle: There are so many ways. Sometimes I will have a beat I’m working on and it will inspire a topic. Sometimes I will have a lyric and get an idea for the music. A lot of the time I will write a beat in logic and come up with a melody and then hear lyrics within the melody, and that will be the start of the lyrics. Then, I might just write the basic song on the piano or guitar. So there isn’t just one approach for me!

So you create via midi controller to Logic?

Adryelle: Yes, I have a midi keyboard I use, like my microkorg, or drum machine. I also have some vintage yamaha keyboards I use sometimes. Or then I will also record using real instruments as well, it could be on guitar or ukulele.

When did you begin your life of music?

Adryelle: I wrote my first song (which wasn’t much of a song) when I was 12. I played it for my friend Sarah and she laughed at me!

We’d like to hear that! [laughs]

Adryelle: Oh that is long gone 🙂

And were you trained vocally? – Beautiful vocals by the way!

Adryelle: I did take vocal lessons in college, I did 2 semesters of vocal training. And thank you 🙂

So music is very much a career as well as a passion for you?

Adryelle: Yes, very much!

How is the career of it going?

Adryelle: It’s going well!

I understand you’ve written and had your music played on BET and other television networks?

Adryelle: Yes, i had music on a few commercials that were aired on those networks

Are you still working in this direction? Adryelle: Yes, I would really like to get my music placed in some feature films. I’ve always thought it would be fun to score a film as well, dark ominous tones!

The ultimate dream even for myself.

The entire album of The Waiting Room is brilliant. Has it been well received on radio in various places?

Adryelle: Thank you. Yes, it has been played on a lot of internet radio. As far as traditional radio, I have not submitted it yet, but I do plan to submit to some college radio stations.

I’m sure it will be well received. This is first time I have listened to the whole of this album completely and every song is a work of art. How long did it take to complete?

Adryelle: It took about a year I think. Some songs I had laying around and just needed to put them together or finish them. I recorded it within about 6 months though. I definitely knew I wanted the album to be more electronic than my older stuff and knew what I wanted for it, so I think having that direction helped a lot.

While we are on the subject of Electronic, do you care to go over your past influences on how you came to write electronic-based music?

Adryelle: Sure. When I first started writing I was really into a lot of 80’s music and my first album had a lot of electronic elements. I moved away from that, but have always wanted to go back. I love how much you can do with electronic sounds. Its a whole other world. You can set whatever mood you want to set. I think my past stuff has some electronic elements but it isn’t full electronics.

When did you make the full transition? Adryelle: Well, The Waiting Room is my first album that is all electronic. My older stuff had elements of that sound but had real instruments as the base. I did a lot of piano based stuff.

So you start with a clean project, writing from the ground up, especially on the drums? Adryelle: Yes, definitely.

You mentioned once, that you use Reason as a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation)?

Adryelle: Yes, I wrote a lot in Reason for The Waiting Room album, I additionally used Logic and Pro Tools. Now I’ve transitioned to using Logic primarily.

I personally get chills when I hear ‘The Waiting Room‘ title track, do you think others get them as well?

Adryelle: I’m not sure. I hope it effects people in some emotional way. As with all music, I think that its a success once you have reached peoples emotions. These songs on ‘The Waiting Room’ are pop-laced and catchy, such as with ‘Rainbows’ there appears to be a R&B sound, does this come from any influences?

Adryelle: Yes, I am heavily influenced by HipHop stuff. I’ve always loved Hiphop!

Oldschool?

Adryelle: Yes, definitely!

Very cool, it had a more soulful edge back then. How is the general music scene in Baltimore?

Adryelle: Baltimore is cool. The scene is very diverse. There is a lot of avant garde, experimental electronic underground type stuff here as well as singer songwriter stuff. Its very eclectic and people are pretty supportive.

Is this well known, because I was clueless to it?! lol It’s great to hear that! Have you heard of Lie Craze? She writes an experimental ElectroPop sound.

No. I’ve not yet heard of her.

A collab between you two would be great, she’s one of our artists on #WEATNU.

Adryelle: Oh awesome!

Are you currently playing live anywhere? NYC by chance?

Adryelle: Yes, I’m playing in DC at The Treehouse Lounge on Thursday April 9th with The Starlight Natives. I just played in NYC about a month ago. That was a lot of fun and I hope to go back there soon.

Great! So you have other labels you’re on?

Adryelle: Yes, im on Single Engine Records which is a Baltimore based net label.

Working on new music?

Adryelle: Yes, currently I am working on a new album, in the process of writing that.

Any dates, or is that secret in the vault 😉

Adryelle: No, I dont have any dates yet, but I’m thinking sometime in the summer or fall 🙂

And where would you like to play live that you haven’t? Could go for the next SXSW?

Adryelle: I really want to do a west coast tour, and also Canada as well as Europe. I get alot of requests to come out to those areas. I think I might stay away from SXSW 🙂 Although you never know! I also want to play in Austin

Just like the 4AD artists, would you like to be apart of that?

Adryelle: Of 4AD?

That’s where Grimes went after the Arbutus label. 

Adryelle: I’d love to get onto 4AD Records! This music is very suited for their sound. You have a few remixes on the album. One is ‘Kiss the Daylight (SiLenCe Remix)’ – great work.

Adryelle: Yes, my friend Mike Baker did both remixes you hear on there. He is amazingly talented! He also has his own project at www.silencetheory.com

Any other plans for the future?

Adryelle: Yeah, my future plans are to tour more, as much as I can.

Awesome. Any final thoughts?

Adryelle: I guess just to keep an eye out for the new record sometime in the fall. Also, for people who are interested in staying updated, I have a mailing list you can sign up for at www.adryelle.com. Also thank you so much for this interview 🙂

One final question… Favorite coffee?

Adryelle: Zekes!! It’s a Baltimore thing!

And Thank you, Adryelle, for having this interview with #WEATNU Digital Magazine, and good luck with your future!

Adryelle: Thank you!

Interview by Almark – #WEATNU Digital Magazine Buy “The Waiting Room” on WEATNU Records

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