Whatâ€™s your definition of a true artist? Â Is it the amount of fame, bright lights and unlimited fortunes in wealth that we as fans of all genres of music brand successful?Â 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 â€œThis is what I truly want to do?â€
Wellâ€¦it didnâ€™t happen for me quite like that.Â Music was such a normal part of my life, because my parents were artists and I grew up in an artist community.Â It was in an actual building were you had to be an artist to live there.Â It was such a normal part of my life I thought everyone lived that way (laughs).Â 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.Â So music and all these kinds of artists that influenced me were always around me with stuff I was exposed to.Â I donâ€™t think I ever had the moment.Â Iâ€™ve always been doing it.Â The experience has always been a part of me.Â I spent two years at a creative & performing arts school in Philadelphia and sung in a choir there as a voice major.Â 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?Â What were some of the pros & cons from a business and creative side?
Being in Groove Theory was like any other experience in life.Â You have your ups and downs.Â 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.Â I was able to set in stone and show people how I do things.Â It was cool, but no one knew what they were doing in terms of our handlers of business and us.Â So there were mistakes made.Â Iâ€™m not a regretful person and I deal with the present.Â Iâ€™m pretty sure I wouldnâ€™t be here now if not for my experience in the group Groove Theory.Â The fact that â€œTell Meâ€ was such a huge song and once it took off, the label put a huge push behind us.Â We were able to go gold with that single and gold on the debut album.Â The transition to become a solo artist wouldâ€™ve been a little harder if I wasnâ€™t able to make that noise as a part of Groove Theory.Â If you have a lot of individual creative ideas and youâ€™re in a group, itâ€™s going to be difficult to compromise all the time.Â It was never my plan to be in a group but I tried it.Â It was when it seemed like we were going to be a disservice to the public, I left.Â I do however feel really fortunate I had the opportunities and chances.