RBMA: Introducing… Amenta

This is the seventh in our series of Red Bull Music Academy 2010 candidate interviews and it is with the talented vocalist Amenta, who some may recognise from her work with fLako and Portformat. Don’t forget to take a few minutes to check out all the other great RBMA 2010 interviews we’ve done recently, with the likes of; Lunice, Kidkanevil, ANGO, Dza, Myele Manzanza and 00Genesis. But, today is all about Amenta

Jus Like Music: Hello! Please tell us, who are you and where do you come from?

Amenta: Hey! I’m Amenta, I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada.

JLM: What do you do?

A: I’m a singer doing electro-soul, but I’m experimenting with a lot of different sounds at the moment. Anything from a lil’ dubstep to some electro-folk… if you can picture that!

JLM: And why exactly do you do it?

A: Sounds cliche, but music is my life. I honestly don’t think I’d be here today if it wasn’t for music. It’s absolutely my best-friend and my healer. It’s what makes sense to me.

JLM: That’s fair enough. So, what’s new?

A: Ha ha, lots! Recently got connected with UpMyAlley and I’m working on releases with fLako. Just making as much music as I can… expressing as much as I can! Currently a participant in the Red Bull Music Academy and it’s simply amazing!

JLM: Speaking of which, what do you hope to achieve at RBMA 2010?

A: I hope to learn. Fill in the blanks in certain areas of my musical knowledge. There is so much to learn… I really want to do it all – by that I mean my personal all. I want to dig deep and learn as much as I can. I hope to emerge a better, more informed artist and maybe even a better person.

JLM: What music have you been feeling lately?

A: I’m really loving Om Unit, Lone, Pixelord and Gonjasufi at the moment. Also, my fellow participants at RBMA have a lot of dope music that I’m really drawing a lot of inspiration from.

JLM: And lastly, what’s the best advice you could give to an emerging artist?

A: Focus. Focus and push hard. Have a goal and be fixated on it. Be true to whatever it is you’re doing. Be honest and sincere with your art and with yourself. Make sure at the end of the day YOU love it and it speaks to you.

mp3: Harrison Blakoldman – Dragon Boy feat. Amenta