As introductions come, they don’t come much better than Amelia Payne’s debut single “Down”. Amelia is an unforgettable presence, propelling “Down” into earworm territory with transfixing beats, an insanely catchy chorus and exuding a well-deserved confidence.
Born in Barbados with a spell in Miami and now living London, Amelia has be performing since the age of seven and writing tracks since she was 14 – those years of hard work are clearly paying dividends. With the forthcoming release of her debut EP, Amelia is already well on her way to pop stardom and if “Down” is anything to go by – it’s going to be a really exciting journey.
Get to know Amelia Payne, your next favourite popstar.
How would you describe your sound?
I would say my sound is a solid mixture between R&B and Pop with an edge to it, sometimes bringing in my Caribbean roots. I grew up listening to a lot of hip hop/R&B in Miami alongside Caribbean music in Barbados and pop overall.
You’ve been songwriting since you were 14, what’s your process?
I can definitely say I've grown as a songwriter. I found myself writing a lot of pop music when I first started which grew to a deeper sound where I was writing a lot more ballads. Nowadays, especially for my upcoming EP, there's definitely a bit of both while still incorporating a lot of R&B and edgy/hip hop sounds.
I would say my process of putting a track together depends on how I'm feeling on the day to be honest. To sum it up most of my music on my EP came organically from an idea I had before entering the studio which then lead to us creating the track and creating the melody and writing lyrics from there.
Sometimes the melody comes first and sometimes the lyrics come first depending on whether there's something I want to directly talk about or address in the track.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
For me I think it's more a question of where rather than who when it comes to my musical influences. It all came from music I grew up listening to between Miami, Barbados and London. Artist wise, I think my music is influenced by the strong R&B/Pop artists of today we see in the charts. At the same time, as an artist, I think it's always best to create your own distinctive sound and therefore create your own influence to make your own mark on the music industry.
What’s the last record you really loved?
I would say the last record I really loved would be between Drake's new album More Life and Kehlani's new album SweetSexySavage. I love tracks like “Blem”,”Portland” and “Teenage Fever” from More Life and “Advice”, “In My Feelings” and ‘CRZY' from SweetSexySavage.
You moved to London to study, did the city have an impact on your sound?
London and the city life in general has definitely influenced my writing and music on a whole. Through writing myself and with other writers in London I think it's helped me to express myself even more in the past couple of years, writing about my experiences, my surroundings and thoughts on a day to day basis. I've been exposed to many new genres of Music in London which generally has helped me explore different sounds when creating new music.
You’ve got an EP on the way, what can people expect from it?
On my upcoming EP people can expect to hear a true sense of who so I am as an artist while still only giving a taste of what's to come in the future. I think I've incorporated enough that many different audiences can listen to it and each enjoy it in a different way. I'm beyond excited to release it!
What’s next for you?
Since releasing "Down" my main priority has been perfecting my EP for its release. With that said, my next step forward is performing in London with all my new material. I can't wait to showcase everything I've been working on!
"Down" is out now.