Amethysts are a female/male duo from Suffolk, UK. We had a little chat with them about music, living in the countryside and BBC Introducing.
Why did you start making music?
Simon: I had very musical parents, they’ve been playing all their life, so I think if I didn’t get into music they’d both be pretty demoralised. I started gigging when I was 11/12 in a few pubs (I didn’t get served unfortunately) and have been in bands ever since.
I remember the first time I heard Clarice sing when we were still at school and being blown away. Since then we’ve performed in a few bands together but Amethysts is the first project where we’ve written together and performed as a duo.
You live in Suffolk, the home of Latitude Festival. Has the Suffolk countryside been a great source of inspiration for you?
Clarice: Latitude is one of our favourite festivals, we’ve been every year for the last 4 years, and we’ve previously played there, hopefully we’ll be able to play there as Amethysts soon!
Living in the countryside is a very peaceful so I think it has influenced the mood of our songs, gives our songs a chilled feel… either that or we’re making noise to rebel against the lack of hubbub outside.
Simon: I have a little home studio where we produce all our songs ourselves. My house is so countryside that our neighbour has sheep in her garden. If you listen carefully to some of the vocal takes you can hear sheep…
Describe your sound in three words.
Harmonies, guitar, synth.
We discovered you on Tradiio. Do you think free platforms, such as Tradiio, are making it easier for artists to expose their sound to the general public?
Simon: Definitely. Social media and online promotion is huge for bands at the moment.
For us things music blogs have been great. All of the reviews that we’ve had and the blogs that have shared our music have really helped us to get things moving. Tradiio is great for new bands, there’s tons of opportunities to get noticed and to reach more people and blogs, such as yourselves!
Your debut track ‘Alone’ was featured on BBC Introducing. How did that come about?
Clarice: It’s as simple as: We sent them Alone earlier this year and it got played on BBC Suffolk and BBC Essex the next day and the next thing we know we got invited into Radio 1 for an interview! It all happened really quick, as you can imagine, we were pretty uncontrollably excited. Alone is actually being played on Radio 1 again this Monday night on Huw Stephens’ show. [correct at time of writing. Alone was played on 23 November]
Where do you cite your musical influences from?
We have tonnes of fav’s – Ben Howard, Bon Iver, Fleetwood Mac, Jimi Hendrix, London Grammar, Radiohead, James Blake, FKA Twigs, we could go on..
We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?
We’re absolutely in love with Aquilo at the moment and we’re loving Rhodes’s new album. I’ve also had Jamie XX’s album in my car for the last few weeks. Foals new album has got some bangers on it, and we’re both eagerly awaiting new James Blake and new Radiohead. We’re both poised like a cat ready to pounce on some tickets for when Bon Iver and Radiohead start touring again as well.
We’ve invested in Amethysts. Have you? Listen to more of their songs and support them at tradiio.com/amethysts.
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