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An interview with music sweetheart Amy Tjasink

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An interview with music sweetheart Amy Tjasink

How did you originally get into music?

I originally got into music at the age of 15 when I was at a family braai and my cousin started to teach me a few chords on the guitar. After that day, I went home, took my dad’s guitar out the garage, and started to teach myself guitar. I have been playing, singing, and writing songs ever since that day!

Where does your inspiration for your song-writing come for?

Like most writers, I write about what I know and have experienced. Over time, and as you grow older, different things start to inspire you, and this has been quite evident in my song writing journey. When I was younger, I wrote about my heartbreaks and experiences with friends, but as I have started to grow into a young woman, more serious topics about self-growth and appreciation have started to inspire my writing. Life is a journey, and I fully intend to document the whole thing with my song writing!

Your career started internationally before you launched at home. What were your reasons for starting overseas first?

Having just graduated from studying music, I was ready to spread my wings and explore the world and learn all the lessons that life had to offer me. The best way for me to learn and grow was to travel, and in doing this, I found an international job that let me sing and travel the world at the same time. This is the main reason for choosing to sing internationally first. The other benefit to travel is earning money in a foreign currency, which enabled me to save the funds I needed to further my music career in South Africa.

How long did it take to produce the album?

Putting together an album is a long and creative process. I have been writing the songs on this album since I was about 20 years old, but the entire time taken to record, produce and finish the final product was about 18 months.

What can we expect from the album? We can’t wait to hear it!

You can expect a lot of light pop tunes in a beach/rock style, along with some timeless songs about some of the struggles I have had over the last few years. I hope to inspire people through my music, so you can expect one or two emotion-evoking songs in this album! However, the main message I am trying to send through this album is about the art of “simplification”, which is why the album is called “Simplify Me”. It is about letting go of the bad things in life, and focusing on the positive and happy experiences. The simplification theme is also seen a lot in the actual music, in that we have simplified it with minimal production, and the pure use of simple instrumentation.

Will you be touring South Africa? (Say yes, say yes!)

Yes! I have plans to tour through South Africa in the up-coming summer, particularly up the East Coast and to Johannesburg.

Tell us a bit more about your single Ponta D’Ouro and the story behind it?

Ponta D’Ouro is a classic pop styled beach anthem, written about a holiday experience I had over New Year’s Eve in Mozambique. The song is written in a reggae/pop style, as I wanted to bring across that “holiday” feeling that I had in Mozambique.

Is writing songs a skill that comes naturally to you?

Yes, song writing comes naturally to me. I write songs and ideas daily, and just find the world and its surroundings very inspiring to me, which enables me to write music so freely.

What has led your movement away from Country-Pop?

The movement away from Country-Pop was completely natural. It was not a decision I made, but my style had simply been influenced from my travels, and evolved into something more true to who I have grown into over the last few years.

What do you hope to achieve with your music?

My main goal with my music is to inspire people and to have my message be heard. I have always wanted to motivate and cheer on young people to follow their dreams, because we only have one life, and I would really like to use my music as a platform into inspiring people to live to their true potential.

I of course also have my own dreams of being able to support myself fully using music, which so far I have been fortunate enough to do. For this, I am very grateful. However, working in such a tough industry often  leaves me with doubts and insecurities, and I hope to be able to work to a place where I can feel secure and be able to support a full family one day.

Where do you hope to be in 5 years time?

In 5 years time, I hope to be touring South Africa, Europe & the U.S.A telling people my story through music. I also hope to be writing music for other artists, and hopefully have a SAMA award to my name. That would be my dream come true!

What is your advice for young people today?

The best advice I can give to young people today, is to follow your heart. Make sure to focus on your goals, and figure out what it is that you want in life, because your youth is all about figuring out who you are, and what you want to be. Make sure that you choose a path that inspires you every day, and that truly makes you happy. It’s okay to not do what everybody expects of you, and it’s okay to go all out on your dream! Follow your dreams first, because there will always be time to settle down later. We’ve got one life, make it count!

Quick fire questions

1. Coffee or tea?

Tea!

2. Early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

3. Books or movies?

Movies

4. Party-goer or home-bird?

Home-bird

5. Dogs or cats?

Both! But if I could only choose one, it would have to be a cat.

6. Barefoot or shoes?

Barefoot

7. Beer or champagne?

Beer

8. Bath or shower?

Bath! I would do anything to have a bath again! Living in the Cape Town drought has been challenging! Haha!

9. Neutral or neon?

Neutral

10. Beach or mountain?

Beach!

 

Social media and digital information for Amy Tjasink:

Website www.amytjasink.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/amytjasinkmusic

Instagram www.instagram.com

Twitter www.twitter.com/AmyTjasink

 

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