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INTERVIEW: Amy Wilcox

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Fortune Teller”?

“Fortune Teller” is one of my favorite songs on the EP. I wrote it with my producer, Cass Dillon. We just shot a music video for it, and I can’t wait for that to be released!!

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Yes! This song is based on an actual Fortune Teller in Washington, D.C. My sister was going through a hard breakup, and I was in the middle of a bit of writers block and unsure what my next move was with my career. So naturally, we looked up this Fortune Teller we kept hearing about, to go get some clarity. As soon as I walked in, she looked right at me and said “don’t give up on your creative energy, you must share it with the world, and trust that great things will happen this year.” She seemed so sure, and in that moment, it was the validation I needed to keep going. So glad I did!

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We just filmed a music video in the desert of Joshua Tree, CA. I can’t wait for the world to see it. It truly encompasses the vibe of the Fortune Teller and the hopeful romantic who is asking for just a little help 🙂

How was the recording and writing process?

My co-writer/producer, Cass Dillon, and I clicked instantly on this song. I had the idea for a while but hadn’t executed it in a way that I thought did this lady justice! Without her I may not have even recorded this EP. Cass and I posted up in a cabin in the woods and ironed out several ideas I really wanted to take the time to get right. We recorded the demo on the kitchen table over a glass of wine and some chips and salsa.

What role does California play in your music?

I’ve always been drawn to the sound of California Folk/Country/Rock. My dad was a huge fan of Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles, Jackson Browne and the music that came out of Laurel Canyon. I’ve always had an affinity for the West, and mean I needed some inspiration, this is where I came. I felt instantly inspired and connected. Now I’m living out on the West Coast, I’ve found an amazing new band, and I really feel that this where my career was meant to take me. It’s no coincidence that the EP, is called “WEST”. The album is a snapshot of me in a new place in my life, both geographically and emotionally. 

How do Bonnie Raitt and Dixie Chicks influence your writing?

I avidly searched for strong, independent, female songwriters growing up. Bonnie and Natalie Maines both have such confidence and ease in their vocals, while pushing the limits lyrically. I’m always drawn to music with a bit of edge and soul, and these women are country and so much more. You always want to groove along with their songs and I strive to capture that energy.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with or covering someone else rather than in your own?

I love collaborating with others and working up different versions of songs I love. It forces you to take a step back and look at the song objectively and allow yourself to dive in from a different angle, not just the way you’ve always seen things. Songs and lyrics can be presented in so many different ways. I like to find ways to say something universal but in a unique way. Covering songs in a different style can really change the emotions people feel, and I think that’s pretty amazing.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along? Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Oh yes! The full EP “WEST” will be out March 15th! It includes 6 songs I’m really proud of. I’m very excited to tour with this new EP and continue collaborating with my band.

Any plans to hit the road?

We are touring all year as much as we can. I have a bunch of dates up and down the west coast, as well a big show back in Nashville on 2/19. I’m also playing a showcase at SXSW for the first time this year in Austin, TX! That has been a bucket list show for me, so we are very thrilled to be included in the festival.

What else is happening next in Amy Wilcox’s world?

With the release of the music video, the new EP, and hitting the road with my band, we will be busy getting this new music out in to the world! I will be continuing my cover series “Something Old, Something New, Something True”, where I release new versions of some my favorite songs that have inspired me in my writing and musical path. I can’t wait for these new releases and to see people out on the road! Follow along on Instagram at @amyewilcox if you want to be a part of this adventure with my new EP, “WEST”!

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About RJ Frometa

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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