13 minutes of profound emotions; that is what upcoming artist AMY.D’s brand new EP ’Rose Tinted Glasses’ promises to offer. The four songs -‘Panic’, ‘Favorite Place’, Love Me’, and ‘Lie Down With The Enemy’ – are everything you need if you are going through a heartbreak. Created along with Cassius Clifford, the EP is about surviving a failed relationship, as well as learning and growing from it.
A testament to the power of collaboration, the EP is an absolute treat to the senses, thanks to AMY.D’s unique sound and beautiful voice. I caught up with the singer to find out more about her inspiration, upcoming projects & more.
Q. You have been making music since you were 12. What inspired you to start?
A. My parents [inspired me]. They loved music, so since I was born I was surrounded by music. This encouraged me to learn how to play the guitar at the age of 10. I then started singing and playing my guitar for my family, which urged me to want to learn and create more.
Q. How did you come to start working with Cassius Clifford?
A. Clifford and I have been neighbors my entire life. Around 4 or 5 years ago, after Clifford had created his studio, he and my mother had a conversation in regards to my love for music. Soon after, he invited me to his studio and that was the start of our journey.
Q. What was the inspiration behind ‘Rose Tinted Glasses’?
A. ‘Rose Tinted Glasses’ is a collection of songs that capture the narrative of a failing relationship in which I had unfinished business. Within this EP, I was able to show the challenges of navigating my own emotions and actions, as well as learning to grow and learn from my mistakes as opposed to hiding from them.
Q. Why the name ‘Rose Tinted Glasses’?
A. The phrase ‘rose-tinted glasses’ means a cheerful or optimistic view of things, usually without a valid basis. I felt the phrase captured not only the essence of the song but also how I was living my life for a while. When I finished writing the EP, I realized I was living with these rose-tinted glasses and I was finally able to take them off and see things for what they really are.
Q. What should the audience expect from this EP?
A. I think the audience should expect the rollercoaster of emotions I went through during a period in my life. I went from feeling so overwhelmed and lost to feeling optimistic, self assured, and free. I know I’m not the only person who’s felt like that and I just want to reassure people, they’re not alone and that it’s okay to have those feelings and that things are going to change.
Q. How would you describe your sound?
A. I’d describe my sound as pop/alternative.
Q. Who are some of your musical influences?
A. My music influences are Lil Peep, The Neighbourhood, Nirvana and J.Cole
Q. You describe yourself as an advocate for “positivity and growth”. How do you hope to use your music to help the various marginalized communities close to you?
A. One of my goals is to hold fundraisers, events and other opportunities to provide a safe and accepting platform for people to connect and help one another.
Q. What’s next for you?
A. This year, I will be releasing a lot more music and performing more. I’m going to create bold new music videos to accompany my new releases.