The soul-stirring singer gets candid on her latest compelling single “Slow Up”.
This past year has been difficult, to say the least. With social injustice gripping us and harrowing videos filling our news feeds, it can be hard to stay strong in these times. But every so often, an artist comes through and delivers a positive message that offers a sense of peace, and rising futuristic soul singer Amy Steele is doing just that. Putting her own spin on Jacob Banks’ “Slow Up”, the singer dives deep into a pool of emotions as she croons on the lonely piano-led production. Reiterating the same powerful message as the original single, Steele reminds us to not let the world harden us with prejudice, as she sings, “Don’t you grow up on me/ keep that back strong and that afro / don’t slow up on me.”
“I think last year exposed so much social injustice and racial inequity, that we were living through two pandemics,” Steele candidly revealed about the single. “It was exhausting. The message of slow up, is to not allow the ugliness of that gaze to corrupt or harden us, and a reminder of the beauty and strength in us. I think that is such an important message after everything we’ve all had to witness, and be reminded of.”
Steele’s latest offering follows up from her soul-stirring single “Bury You Deep” that was released last year. Set to be apart of her upcoming EP due for release sometime this year, we caught up with Steele talking social injustice, documenting her journey through music and how she hopes to celebrate life more this year.
Check out the interview below…
How have you been during this uncertain time?
Thank you for having me! I’ve been staying busy with music and starting to feel hopeful things will get closer to normal soon.
How has it impacted your music and creativity?
It’s given me a lot of time to write and to focus on planning new projects.
How would you describe your genre?
I make music that is a mixture of alternative pop and soul, with RnB influences.
Congratulations on your cover of Jacob Banks’ “Slow Up” – how did this come about? Were you a big fan of the original track?
Thank you! I love the original track, Jacob Banks is amazing. The reason I wanted to release it was because I felt we all needed that reminder to stay positive and to stay ourselves. I think last year exposed so much social injustice and racial inequity, that we were living through two pandemics. It was exhausting. The message of slow up, is to not allow the ugliness of that gaze to corrupt or harden us, and a reminder of the beauty and strength in us. I think that is such an important message after everything we’ve all had to witness, and be reminded of.
And we’re looking forward to your upcoming EP – what can you tell us about it?
I’m so excited to release my EP “Memories in Watercolour”. It’s about a journey through a relationship and all the stages you go through within that: from infatuation; to a strong connection; to the realization that there isn’t happiness in that place you had built; and then ultimately to parting ways and the empowerment of being strong enough to let go of something that wasn’t right for you. Each song of the EP is a different phase of that journey.
What ties the tracks together as a body of work?
I think sonically, there’s continuity throughout the EP, but overall what ties it together is it’s a story of a journey that we’ve all gone on before.
How cathartic was it for you putting together the EP? I think every song I write is cathartic because it’s an outlet for creativity and expressing ideas.
What are the main inspirations?
I draw inspiration from so many things, I like to write outside mostly because I find ideas are more fluid. So by the time I get into the studio I’ve already come up with the structure and the lyrics of the track, and it’s just to put all the elements together.
How does it feel releasing music at such an uncertain time?
It feels good to be able to put out new things, and to have it connect with people.
What do you hope it brings your listeners?
I hope the message of the track resonates with them, and I hope it brings a soothing energy.
What’s next for you?
The final track of my covers EP is coming soon, and then “Memories in Watercolour”.
What are you looking forward to in 2021?
To being able to work with more musicians in person. And playing live. And just celebrating life more.