DJ & Producer AmyElle has returned with another emphatic piece of house music, 'Feel The Heat'.
Following on from the success of her previous release 'Animal Kingdom', 'Feel The Heat' is laced with thunderous bass frequencies and an infectious vocal hook. It’s a release that builds to an epic hands in the air drop, before unleashing a beefy, tech house bass stab that’s perfectly suited to a packed out room, in the early hours.
Amy gained notoriety from her remixes of Crush Club and Fallon, picking up support from Will Clarke, David Guetta and Faithless. Her debut single made the cover of Spotify's UK House Music playlist, she has received extended airplay and blown up on TikTok and Instagram reels - gaining thousands of followers along the way.
We had the chance to speak with AmyElle on the new release and more as part of our Get to Know series...
Tell us a little about yourself!
"Completely crazy…always sprinting round missing trains and I can spend weeks by myself in the studio."
When did you start making music?
"When I first picked up a guitar really…aged about 11. I instantly began singing and writing tunes. I then took up the piano and made my way into the production world after."
Where are you from and do you feel like your surroundings inspire your sound in any way?
"Born in Houston Texas but I moved to Dundee when I was six. I don’t think where I have lived has really inspired me but more my family surroundings. My mum and dad had an embarrassingly big CD collection and there was never a moment where the music wasn’t off. I’d go upstairs and my dad would be working to something like 'Zombies' by the Cranberries and then go downstairs and mum would be blaring Dire Straights through the speakers. I’d probably then go pick up the guitar and start singing pop tunes. It was a mad house I tell you."
Who or what inspires you most?
"Such a hard question because a lot of things inspire me. Firstly anyone hustling to do what they love inspires me. People I work with on a daily basis, in sessions or when I’m at events meeting new people. I just get so hyped being right in the centre of everything and love getting stuck in. You cannot beat the energy at events though…that really inspires me to get in the studio and write more tunes."
Have you had a particular stand out moment in your career so far?
"My first Radio 1 play. I know it sounds mad but when you hear your song for the first time on the radio it makes the whole thing a bit more real."
You recently released your new single ‘Feel The Heat’! How has the reaction been so far?
"The reaction has been so great and I really never expected it. I was actually pretty nervous about sampling such an iconic vocal and doing it justice but the response has been amazing which I’m really glad about. It was great to get the seal of approval from Pete Tong, Danny Howard, and DJs who I really respect."
Tell us a little about the track!
"I heard the original iconic vocal from the track ‘Turn Me Out’ by Praxis and Kathy Brown (released in 1994) one day driving to my bar shift and instantly knew I needed to write a Warehouse tune with it. The vocal was just so powerful and I remember coming home after a long day at work and getting my hands on the acapella and created the tune in a night. Raving to myself with my headphones fully turned up… my ears did not thank me. It’s been sitting in my the archives for a while so I’m excited to finally get it out and even more, to the clubs where it’s supposed to be."
What was the inspiration or story behind the accompanying visuals?
"My sister and I came up with the music video concept. We wanted to create a narrative that allowed people to feel connected, especially at a time where we’ve spent more time in front of screens than with other people. That is when we came up with a story between the dancer (Joshua Wynter, an insanely talented and all round great guy) and the viewer who is watching the video. The dancer wants to feel something and reach out to the viewer and we hope that whatever the dancer wants to feel changes with whoever is watching the video… it’s open to interpretation. We wanted to see how we could pull the viewer in and transcend the physical distance between the the dancer and viewer. Shooting in a warehouse style space, we felt, was also a nice nod to the original 90s vocals and rave scene too."
Finally, what are your plans for the rest of the year?
"Live shows!! Plenty of them… always writing music, more releases and occasionally catching the right train."
'Feel The Heat' is out now. Listen HERE
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