Have you always wanted to create music?
It first started when I was ten. I got a drum kit and became obsessed with rhythm. Then I discovered Guitar Hero which quickly led to a real guitar! I began singing with the encouragement from an incredible woman called Fiona McCann; she was my music teacher in school and opened my eyes to music. Without her encouragement and belief, I wouldn’t have recognised my potential or even considered a career in music.
What do you think is the overriding influence on your songwriting?
I’m influenced mainly by emotions and relationships. I try not to be overly literal and find a poetic avenue to express common emotions that most people have felt. Sometimes, if I connect with certain characters from a film or TV programme, I like to write about their situation. It’s really nice because you can continue a narrative that has already ended.
Can you pinpoint a live gig or a piece of music that initially inspired you?
My dad would play Amy Winehouse in the car and I loved her instantly. Before I knew what she looked like I imagined her to look like Judi Dench – which is hilarious – as her tone was so mature, but I loved that she was a young female artist. It’s the same with early work from Ellie Goulding – I loved her pop, folk-infused electronic sound. Her voice was so different and helped me realise you don’t need to have a commercial voice to be successful.
Do you have a favourite song or piece of music to perform?
Her Time Has Come is a great one to perform. It was one of the first songs I wrote when I was 15. The song takes you on a journey and therefore feels so fitting to be my first single release.
If you could support any artist in the future, who would it be?
I really like The Japanese House. I love her use of harmonies and her tone is so unique. I find Amber Bain easy to relate to and her songs really interest me. We also have the same name, so that says everything!
If you had to describe your style in a sentence, what would you say?
Acoustic-driven pop woven with intricate melodies, poetic lyrics and fragile vocals which create an underlying darkness.
Why is music important to you?
Music is just my natural way of expressing my emotions. It’s euphoria and sadness all at the same time.
Amber Jay’s new single Her Time Has Come is released on 31st August, the lead single from a new EP due out in September.