Digging Deeper with Amy Root

Author : Marco Sgalbazzini
November 13, 2018

Digging Deeper with Amy Root

Lynn – the debut EP from burgeoning Netherlands-based producer duo Amy Root – came out on November 9th, via Reflektor Records. An exquisite collection of original productions from friends Lukas Amer and Sjoerd Huissoon, the three-part opus combines tight, emotive beats and exhilarating harmonies with diverse global influences to noteworthy effect.

Drawing inspiration from the likes of Jon Hopkins, Bonobo and Jamie XX, the Lynn EP explores multiple world music cultures within a familiar, yet exciting framework. From Japanese drums, Bulgarian choral music, South African percussion and more, the enigmatic duo brings their music to an exciting and surprising new way of experiencing dance music.

Amy Root’s inaugural EP comes shortly after Amsterdam Dance Event 2018, a week which saw the pair debut their sensational new live show at the Melkweg on October 18th and Into The Woods festival on October 19th.

Lukas and Sjoerd — welcome to 6AM! Great to have you and thanks for taking the time to sit down with us.

Thank you for having us!

For our readers that don’t know you, please introduce yourselves…

We are Lukas Amer and Sjoerd Huissoon. When we met we wanted to look for something new and exciting to make as educated music producers. As soon as we noticed that we shared this same passion, we came up almost instantly with the music that we create now; Amy Root is the project that is fitting perfectly to our way of writing, enjoying and making music. Dream come true if we can share that with our listeners.

Amy Root is a brand new project. How did you guys meet and how was Amy Root conceived?

We met at The Conservatory in Rotterdam. The funny thing is that we actually played on the same stage a couple months before we met when we both had our separate musical projects. They were doing ok at the time, but it wasn’t challenging enough, and not fitting to us anymore. We both did auditions at the conservatory and we got accepted. As soon as we noticed that we shared the same passion and ideas for music, we started to create our first songs together.

What were you both doing before you met? Were you already in music?

Yes, we both starting making music at an early age actually. We were both playing piano and guitar and already around the age of 12 we were able to experiment with several more instruments; when we were teenagers, we had a few musical projects that were doing fine at the time, exploring and developing our taste and playing some festivals in Holland.

How would best describe the type of music you guys produce?

We try to create dance music that is varied and broad. All of our songs have inspirations from different musical cultures and genres while having tight beats and bass underneath. We want to create an intense and melancholic ride.

Congratulations on the release of your debut EP ‘Lynn’. Can you tell us a bit more about this record?

Thanks! Like in the previous question we wanted to create a certain melancholic, intense and adventurous EP. We write our songs just by going with the flow and trusting our gut. We’ve tried to combine different colors and emotions within our tracks with inspirations from artists we listen to now but mostly different music cultures; Our first track Lynn contains some Bulgarian choirs and is more bass and uptempo orientated. Our second song Florence has some Japanese instruments as well with a more laidback feel, while our last song Luna is more like breakbeat but with a climax like an almost elephant sounding like synth that we thought was interesting.

There are some strong international influences and sounds running through the EP. Any particular inspiration behind these?

We both listened to a lot of different genres and music cultures; As many as we could find on the internet, by traveling or watching documentaries. During the making of our debut EP we listened a lot to Bulgarian vocal music, Japanese instruments and African percussion. Not only music, but all sorts of art like photography, video, dance, and modern art inspired us to make this EP.

We’ve seen a brief video recap of the two events you played at Amsterdam Dance Event the other day. How did they go?

They went great. A sold out Melkweg and a sun-drenched Into the woods festival. We were working on those shows for a full month almost every day to prepare and fine-tune our tracks. It was such an amazing feeling to see people enjoy our music as much as we do. We invited lots of people from the industry as well which led to some really exciting new stuff looking to happen in the (near) future. Truly a dream come true.

We’re really digging the live aspect to your show — what’s your set up?

Thanks! We use multiple analog instruments like the Moog Subsequent 37 and the rev 2 Dave Smith. We also use a guitar and some midi trigger keyboards. We want to have a good balance and mix between tight triggered beats and bass and more organic, human sounds.

There seems to be a strong ‘female’ theme running through the project — both in the name of the act and the names of all the tracks on the EP. Was there a specific thought process behind this concept?

Well actually, we were just trying to look for names that are not ‘typical’ dark electronic music artists names (think of industrial or whatever) so we started looking for names of trees, stars, plants, and stones. Amy Root is actually a herb! It gave a little feminine touch to it which we liked. We wanted to give the same kind of feel to the songs as well.

What do you listen to when you’re not making electronic music? Do you have a similar taste in music?

We do. We listen to all kinds of music. Always on a discovery for new exciting artist like Lusine, Haelos, Lukid, Zola Blood, Dauwd, Polo & Pan, but of course also big artists like Jamie xx, Bonobo, Jon Hopkins, Joni Mitchel, Elbow and more.

Lastly, when can we expect more new music from you guys?

We would love to collaborate with a lot of different and interesting artists first, of all fields actually, to create something special and new. But we create music almost every day, and there are already a lot of new ideas. So as soon as possible!

Lynn EP Tracklist:

01: Amy Root – Lynn

02: Amy Root – Florence

03: Amy Root – Luna

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