FRESH: ‘DNM’ – Amela

Amela releases “DNM”

Australian singer Amela has just released her new single, “DNM”, produced by Josh Beatie and is her second release of 2020, the follow up to “I’m Alright”. “DNM” is an electro-pop song that will have you hooked from the start and is another addition to the young singer/songwriter ever expanding discography, which began back in 2013 with her debut, “Not Enough Honey”.

Amela followed this with a string of tunes culminating with her debut album, “Somewhere In Between”, in 2017. Since then she has released the tracks “Slow Motion” and “Blame” last year, both of which were well received. Amela began writing and playing instruments at the age of 9 and by the age of 16, went to LA to record her first EP. Born in Bosnia, Amela now calls the the GOld Coast of Australia home and a base to work from.

Amela told us recently about the inspiration for “DNM”: “The song was basically created in our bedroom. Josh Beattie, my partner and I live on an acreage out in the hinterlands of the Gold Coast and for the past 6 months we’ve been building ateaching/songwriting space and recording studio. So while the studio was getting built, we did all of our music production in the bedroom! The vocals were recorded at QSounds in Burleigh, Gold Coast by Maddy Breen and the rest of the songs’ arrangement was created by Josh Beattie. Josh and I split the arrangement choices with reference to Swedish pop-artist ALMA and The Chainsmokers. I wanted to have those fat, simple synths in the break-down”.

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So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!