For their submission to the 2021 Voice Summer Showcase, Amelia submitted "Fire", an original song they wrote and performed themself.
We invited Jack Solloway, Marketing Executive at Bloomsbury Digital Resources and former Assistant Editor to Voice, to join current Assistant Editor Saskia Calliste to view the submission and provide feedback to the artist.
Jack said: "Amelia has a great sense of lyricism and thematic drive in her songwriting, and I found ‘Fire’ an enjoyable and relatable performance, both in terms of Amelia’s delivery and the song itself. Sweeter vocals offset darker themes, and a punchy chorus ties it all together. It has all the makings of a great pop song, and I hope I can look forward to hearing more of Amelia’s music as her songwriting grows from strength to strength."
Saskia said: "Amelia has a lovely, distinct voice. She makes playing the guitar look easy as each strum comes to her effortlessly. ‘Fire’ was beautifully unique and authentic, and each note complimented Amelia’s voice very well. The folksy vibe of the song was refreshing to listen to, and Amelia’s accent coming through on certain words gave the song a bit of an edge. A really enjoyable video and a great showcase of musical talent."
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a home-schooled student from Sussex. I started writing songs in the last year because it combines two interests I love: writing and music. I started using the piano to write songs but then at the beginning of this year began to teach myself the guitar as it suited my style and I found it useful to write songs with this instrument. I have now developed my stage name Milabout and have started a YouTube channel under the same name. I love getting comments from people about my songs and performance.
Give us a brief description of your submission?
It’s an original song, Fire. I wrote the lyrics and them improvised some chords, then developed a tune over the top.
How long have you been practicing your artform?
I started writing songs in November 2020 and started teaching myself the guitar in January 2021.
What is some advice you wish you'd had before you started your artform?
I just enjoyed playing around with ideas to start with – I think that helps me be individual.
Who are your artistic inspirations?
One of my biggest inspirations is Cavetown – I love the originality of his songs. I also like Spookyghostboy and Ricky Montgomery.
To see Amelia submission, click here.
To see all the submissions to the 2021 Voice Summer Showcase, follow this link.