By Nicholas Jason Lopez
On May 1, 2020, United Kingdom-based Alt/pop singer-songwriter Amber T, 16, released her debut full solo single “Jigsaw” via Right Track Records, a full circle from when she performed live at local Open Mic nights from age eight.
“Jigsaw” was produced by Michael Smith at RYP Recordings (Weird Milk, Honey Lung) after he heard her perform the song at an event during The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. Lyrically, Amber T described the track as “always being second best to people no matter how hard she would try” and to learn when to walk away from those situations.
The single looks to follow the success of past singles “She Don’t” and “Tick Tock,” the latter of which was recorded with producer Dr. Zeus and received over 200,000 streams and 1.5 million video views. Due to cancellations associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, Amber T has kept busy writing new music.
The Music Bugle recently had the opportunity to talk with Amber T about the release of “Jigsaw” and more.
Music Bugle – Do you feel that your young age gives you any sort of advantage within your genre?
Amber T – I think that my age definitely has an advantage, as it means I have lots of time to experiment with different genres and try out new styles of music. I think it gives me lots of time to find out what I think works and that I enjoy.
Music Bugle – What’s something people should know about you as a person?
Amber T – I am self-taught on guitar, ukulele and piano, that started at the ages of nine, 10 and 11!
Music Bugle – What was it like creating your debut single “Jigsaw” and how do you feel it came out?
Amber T – It was very exciting, as it was definitely different from my previous releases, where I was a co-writer and the main artist, but with Dr. Zeus as producer/artist and featured artists first K Dottie and then Sixteen and JSupreme, so “Jigsaw” is my first full solo release. I was nervous too, as it was so different because I worried how people would react to such a different style of music from the first two tracks. Creating it was great fun, as the producer Michael Smith completely transformed a basic acoustic track into what it is now and being able to watch and see the development of the song was wicked! We had some really great musicians playing on the track with me as well.
Music Bugle – How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected you?
Amber T – I was supposed to be shooting a proper full music video for “Jigsaw,” which I’d already prepared the story board for, but due to obvious reasons, it had to be cancelled, so as a result, I had to teach myself how to make and edit my own! It also has meant the cancellation of a lot of gigs, including three big festival main stage bookings, which I was really looking forward to, but hopefully, they will all be rescheduled as soon as possible.
Music Bugle – What made you want to start making music?
Amber T – Singing has always been my favorite thing. I can’t remember a time when I haven’t sung! Being able to create your own music and performing is an amazing feeling and beats anything, so I really love how I feel when I get to perform live, especially my originals.
Music Bugle – What do you hope to accomplish within the next year?
Amber T – Continue putting more and more songs out and hopefully be back to gigging soon! I would love to do another headline-type show as I did my first one a year ago, raised a lot of money for Teenage Cancer Trust and I really miss it a lot.
Music Bugle – What has been your biggest challenge to overcome?
Amber T – It’s not very big, but probably deciding a setlist for certain gig is hard, as you always want to make sure it fits who will be in the audience!
Music Bugle – If you had the chance to chat one-on-one with one of your musical influences, who would you choose?
Amber T – I’d probably want to meet The 1975 as I am a super fan of their music and I find it so interesting how they started doing 175 gigs in a year and how hard-working they were, to become what they are now!
Music Bugle – What is your favorite set of lyrics from a song, generally speaking?
Amber T – I really like the lyrics “Don’t Fall In Love With The Moment And Think You’re In Love With The Girl” from The 1975’s “She’s American.” I also really love “You say, we gotta look on the bright side, I say, ‘Well, maybe if you wanna go blind'” from “Rose Colored Boy” by Paramore. I just think it’s so funny and relatable!
Music Bugle – What would you call your biggest source of motivation?
Amber T – I really enjoy seeing when smaller artists become household names, such as Lewis Capaldi, who was doing small pub gigs to now touring across the world!