Following in the tradition of the songwriters and musicians from the seventies that influenced her own material, Amy knew that she wanted to keep the sound organic. With the instrumentation on many of the tracks consisting mainly of guitars, bass and drums, she has been careful not to fill her songs with sounds that she wouldn’t be able to easily recreate in a live scenario. “I never wanted the final sound to be too far removed from that original moment in my bedroom when it’s just me and my guitar.” It is this confidence in knowing exactly what she wants which has helped Amy to single-handedly write and produce the debut album, and it is a trait which has been there since an early age. Being born into a family of musicians, writers and artists was sure to influence her ambitions in life; for much of her childhood there was no television in the home, so Amy and her sister were actively encouraged to use their play time creatively. “My parents’ record collection gave me a great musical education, from Paul Simon to Vivaldi.” Amy took her time choosing how to channel her creative streak; after studying art, drama, dance and theatre, she went on to acquire a degree in English Literature. It was after which she moved from her native Cornwall to London and started focusing her creative energy on song writing.
After composing a collection of songs, Amy taught them to a friend to accompany her on guitar and began to do a few small gigs at various venues throughout the city. When the guitarist cancelled on her at the last minute before a gig, Amy found herself at a crossroads, one that was to have a profound effect on her career. “Up until that point I had only ever learnt some basic chords on guitar, I never planned to play in public. However that night I had invited along a load of friends and it was too late to cancel with them or the promoter so I knew I would have to get up and play. I was awful.
Honest to God terrible. I kept having to pull my mouth away from the microphone just to see whether I had my fingers on the right strings.” That night Amy went home with a new determination. She knew she needed to learn to play her songs on guitar, and she needed to learn fast. For the next three months she set herself the task of playing live as much as possible.
She became a regular at London open mic events. “..five out of seven nights a week I would be there sounding bad, but knowing I was learning.” It was trial by fire, but during the two years since then Amy’s skills in song writing, guitar playing and performing have increased with meteoric effect. Right Right Now is the journey of a young woman who is travelling through life with her heart on her sleeve, refusing to compromise and yet fortunately for us, willing to indulge others in it’s details. It is clear that the adventures of Amy May are only just beginning. Read more on Last.fm.
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