Having just released her debut full length album ‘Fits & Starts’, Amy Vee is here to prove that she is here to stay. We talk about her past in bands, her venturing into a solo career and her being an advocate mental health. Read the interview now and check out the new album out in all good music stores, iTunes and streaming services.
Who are you and what are you doing here?
My name is Amy Vee. I’m a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and all round music nerd. I write indie folky ethereal pop music.
How did this all start?
I started writing and performing my own music about 10 years ago. I played piano from a very early age and later picked up guitar and played and sang in several bands from the age of about 14. In my late teens/early 20’s I started picking up some more notable gigs as a singer, lending my voice to artists such as Groove Terminator and ONinc, which allowed me to perform at a few big festivals and venues like The Hordern in Sydney and the Royal Exhibition Centre in Melbourne. Eventually I formed my own band, Amy Vee & The Virtues. We recorded an EP and an album and shared the stage with bands such as The Whitlams, Little Birdy, Bertie Blackman and others as well as picking up a few awards (MUSICOZ Artist of the Year and a nomination for an LA Music Award). I decided after a while though that the band thing wasn’t really for me and went back to writing and performing as a soloist. I released a new EP and toured around Australia, the UK and Canada. I then took a short hiatus from my own music to tour with Tim Freedman as keyboardist/guitarist in his new band Tim Freedman & The Idle and I also toured as one of eight multi-instrumentalists in the ARIA-nominated theatrical production of “The Rock Show” featuring Jon English.
I just released my debut solo full-length album, “Fits and Starts” and have been enjoying playing launch shows in Newcastle, Brisbane and Sydney.
How would you describe your sound?
My music is what some would describe as “new folk”, although to me it’s just singer-songwriter. I’ve been nominated for music awards in many categories – pop, folk, rock, acoustic… I think ‘contemporary folk’ as we know it is a passing trend and when the next musical genre comes along that includes acoustic instruments then that’s probably where I’ll be categorized.
At the moment I perform as a soloist (using mostly acoustic guitar with some other instruments and live loops thrown in) and I’ve also been doing a few shows with a full band (bass, drums, guitar, violin, cello, keys).
If you had to choose one song you’ve written to best describe sound which one would it be?
There is a song off the Virtues’ EP called “One Hand”. It’s has a few concurrent themes – one of which trying to stay afloat when the world is pulling you down. As an artist you spend a lot of time just trying to keep your head above water. Musically I think this song is still representative of the way I write too.
Where are people able to hear your songs?
My website – www.amyvee.com, just about anywhere you can buy music (in stores, iTunes and other download services, Spotify and other subscription services etc).
Are you playing any shows anytime soon?
Brisbane Album Launch
Saturday 29th June
The Waiting Room
11 Browning St., West End, Brisbane QLD
with Tobias Moldenhauer Trio (Germany) and Hannah Jane (Brisbane)
8pm. Tickets $10 at the door.
Sydney Album Launch
Thursday 4 July
Level 3, 383 Bourke St., Surry Hills NSW
with Ginger & The Ghost
8pm Tickets $10+bf
The Great Northern, Newcastle
Solo, supporting Tony White EP Launch
Friday 12 July
Great Northern Hotel
Cnr. Watt & Scott Sts., Newcastle NSW
What is your proudest moment/greatest achievement as a band?
I think my greatest achievement has been maintaining a music career for this long. It’s a tough gig and most people would have given up by now. I’ve learned to take the good with the bad and that perseverance is key.
If you could have a dream tour with 3 other bands/musicians who would they be?
Radiohead, Elbow, Andrew Bird.
Anything Else you’d like to add?
I’m an advocate for mental health and wellbeing and I support the discussions and good work being done around Australia and the world to get this issue talked about more broadly. You can find out more at my ‘care’ page – www.amyvee.com/care