INTERVIEW: Amber Ojeda

How would you classify your music?

I would say my music can be put into many different boxes, as I like to really explore and meld different styles and genres. It can be eclectic. If I must categorize it, I would say Electropop/R&B/Soul.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

This is always such a fun question to answer. Right now, I would say at the top is Janet Jackson for her fearlessness and ability to transform herself through the years, Frank Ocean for his honest and emotive writing, Emily King for her vocal control and beautiful melodies, Johnny Cash for his sincerity, and Ella Fitzgerald for her vocal range and control.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

I hope my fans connect, period. What they take from each song is their own journey. That is one of the things I love most about music; I can hear a particular song and it transports me to a specific moment in time, while someone sitting next to me listening to the same song could be a light-year away on their own emotional flashback.

Tell us about your latest release?

My latest release, Geminis & Virgins, is all about skimming the boundaries of fighting through and giving into my fear of commitment. It’s a rollercoaster. Some songs are very playful and electropop sounding and others fall into a darker tone with R&B influences.

What do you love and hate about the Music Business in your opinion?

I know it’s cheesy, but I don’t hate anything. There can be challenges for sure, but the possibilities far outweigh the negatives. What I love about the industry today is that artists no longer heavily must rely on a record deal to get in the public eye. We now have the ability to connect with fans on a personal level through a variety of social media platforms. It’s a game changer for the independent artist.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

That is almost impossible to answer; every artist brings something different to the table. I prefer intimate shows, so I’ll say in the last year my favorite concert has been Alabama Shakes at the Greek Theater in L.A. Their energy is infectious and they have a great chemistry on stage.

What I love most about playing live is losing myself. I am hyper analytical. I mean up to the moment before I step on the stage my brain is working overtime, but right when my foot hits the platform my energy shifts to something beyond what I can control. I’m free from myself, hallelujah!

How have you evolved as an artist or band over the last year?

My previous albums were much more emotionally guarded and sounded ‘prettier.’ With Geminis & Virgins I wanted to jump off the deep end. There are vocal tones that I would not have attempted in the past as I did on this album, and I also allowed myself to go more Pop than ever before. I usually feel more comfortable in the Jazz and R&B world, but my producer David Michael Ott nudged me to not take myself too seriously.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

John Mayer. I think he is an incredible songwriter.

What is next for you?

More writing! My true love is writing songs, so I’m currently in the studio working on projects for other artists, as well as writing music for TV shows.



Twitter: @amberojeda

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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  1. How do I find amber’s music? Links?

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