Hi Amira, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’ve been great! Trying to stay busy in these crazy times, thanks for asking…
Can you talk to us more about your single “Away”?
“Away” is a song that portrays my thoughts of escapism I often feel from being in the music industry and living in such a saturated, fast-paced city like New York. Running away always feels like the easier solution when things seem to be out of your control.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
I started writing “Away” after hearing FJK’s song “Drops.” I already had some idea panned out and showed them to producer Ben Carr (CARRTOONS), but I wasn’t sure what the concept of the song would be yet; I just knew that I really liked the vibes I was hearing on “Drops.”
I remember I was driving up to Ben’s house studio upstate and Fall just started. The leaves were changing and there was this sad, crisp, melancholy feeling in the air (I always feel it after summer is over). It made me think about the upcoming winter and how I just wanted to get away from it all.
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes! 😊 I can’t wait to share it and the story behind its location…
How was the recording and writing process?
Ben (CARRTOONS) and I came up with a rough first demo of “Away” after I showed him FKJ’s “Drops.” We actually didn’t come back to it for a couple of months and I kept working on it on my own. We recorded another draft with some lyrical changes that really helped define the song’s concept a bit more, but something was still not really clicking overall with the message and some melodies.
I kept working on it and realized I wanted to create a vibey son that made you long for a better place, far away from here (or wherever you are), where sunshine is always beaming and there’s not a care in the world. This feeling was triggered by my drive up to his home studio located upstate New York in Beacon, NY.
There’s definitely a feeling of escapism with this song, especially towards the end when I sing “Let’s get out, out of town, never let them get you down. Run away, far away, maybe we’ll come back one day…” For me, this outro chorus really describes the feeling I get living in NYC sometimes, where life is so fast-paced and you’re just trying to get by, while still unsure if the route you’re going down in life is the right one.
There’s definitely a feeling of uncertainty in this song, and I think I wanted to portray this angst feeling in a beautiful, soulful way.
What role does NYC play in your music?
NYC is inspiring to say the least. There are so many talented and artistic people living in the city, it’s almost overwhelming! The different cultures, music, the hustle and bustle, all play a role in my music. Growing up in NYC, I was exposed to so many different types of music and I’d like to think the beat and soul of NYC is heard within my music.
How does your own somewhat unique upbringing influence your writing?
I’ve been singing as long as I can remember. My mom has videos of me singing in a holiday pageant in Russia when I was 3 years old. My family is very musical, and I grew up in a home filled with music. My mom never studied, but has a beautiful voice. My stepfather’s mother is a music teacher, who has supported me since I first came to America, practicing with me and taking me to opera and musical theater in New York. My stepfather was a drummer and took my to my first rock concerts, including Steely Dan, one of my all time favorites.
Also, attending LaGuardia High School for voice is really where I discovered I could write songs my sophomore year, thanks to an amazing class called New Music Ensemble, which was a class geared towards singer-songwriters and producers, led by Robert Apostle.
Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Yes! I have another single coming out after “Away.” And shortly after that, I’m planning to drop on more song with the complete ‘Do You’ EP!
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
At the moment, I have no exact dates for either drops, but I definitely am hoping for a summer release. I have titles for both single, but the title of the EP will be ‘Do You,’ named after the first single I released last summer of 2019.
Any plans to hit the road?
At the moment, no plans to hit the road. Especially with all the complications and challenges the world is undergoing due to COVID-19, but I hope to go on tour with my band as soon as things blow over. I’m just not sure where exactly yet. 😉
What else is happening next in Amira B’s world?
I’ve been writing a lot of new material aside from the ‘Do You’ EP with several different producers and writers. So I’m looking forward to compiling songs for my next project. At the moment, I’m practicing yoga, taking many walks, and hoping to get my ACL repaired soon so I can start doing HIIT classes / workouts again! Haha!