What’s your definition of a true artist? Is it the amount of fame, bright lights and unlimited fortunes in wealth that we as fans of all genres of music brand successful? I recently had the opportunity to have a conversation with singer-songwriter and producer Amel Larrieux as we talked the music business, creativity and life.
Who was the one artist that made you say “This is what I truly want to do?”
Well…it didn’t happen for me quite like that. Music was such a normal part of my life, because my parents were artists and I grew up in an artist community. It was in an actual building were you had to be an artist to live there. It was such a normal part of my life I thought everyone lived that way (laughs). So when I visited friends I went to school with and their parents were a Doctor or Lawyer, it seemed like so foreign to me. So music and all these kinds of artists that influenced me were always around me with stuff I was exposed to. I don’t think I ever had the moment. I’ve always been doing it. The experience has always been a part of me. I spent two years at a creative & performing arts school in Philadelphia and sung in a choir there as a voice major. The choir was the biggest rush I can remember that made me realize music was going to be a major part of my life.
What was the experience like for you in Groove Theory? What were some of the pros & cons from a business and creative side?
Being in Groove Theory was like any other experience in life. You have your ups and downs. The upside was I came in as a songwriter and was able to set precedence, sound and style because I was producing my own vocals, I would brainstorm. I was able to set in stone and show people how I do things. It was cool, but no one knew what they were doing in terms of our handlers of business and us. So there were mistakes made. I’m not a regretful person and I deal with the present. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be here now if not for my experience in the group Groove Theory. The fact that “Tell Me” was such a huge song and once it took off, the label put a huge push behind us. We were able to go gold with that single and gold on the debut album. The transition to become a solo artist would’ve been a little harder if I wasn’t able to make that noise as a part of Groove Theory. If you have a lot of individual creative ideas and you’re in a group, it’s going to be difficult to compromise all the time. It was never my plan to be in a group but I tried it. It was when it seemed like we were going to be a disservice to the public, I left. I do however feel really fortunate I had the opportunities and chances.