An Interview With The Iranian Singer-Songwriter, AMITIS On Working With Snoop Dogg, Being A Good Role Model And Much More!
Posted On 12 Nov 2015
When she turned fourteen, she was already a prodigy. She was fluent in several instruments including piano, guitar, and violin. At the age of seventeen, she wrote the song “Tow Eshghami”, which is on her debut album “One.” This collection was produced by the renown record producer Elton Ahi. It had the hit singles “Yek, Dow” and “Yavash Yavash”. Her forthcoming album will be coming out soon!
Thanks for your time today! What’s a typical day look like for you lately?
Thank you! I’m excited for this interview. A typical day for me recently has been spending as much time with my family as possible whilst still keeping my music a top priority. I have been in and out of the studio as much as possible.
At an early age, you began learning how to play several instruments. Why is that? How did you balance it all?
I was very lucky to have grown up with a family who always encouraged me to pursue my dreams. Music has always been such an incredible passion of mine and it never really felt difficult to balance it all. There’s nothing I enjoy more than singing and creating music. It’s so much fun for me.
Where do you get the inspiration for your music?
I get my inspiration from a variety of things. Whether that be through what’s going on in pop culture, what kind of music is hot right now, or people I see walking down the street. If I feel inspired, I will head straight into the studio to create content.
Absolutely! King is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever done. Snoop has always been such an inspiration to me and I always knew I wanted a rapper on this song. My dream was to get Snoop to hop on this song with me, and my dream came true! My team reached out to his team and it was a very natural and organic collaboration. He is the most humble, talented artist I have ever worked with!
How do you think being from Iran has influenced you as an artist and your sound in general?
The Persian music industry is a very cut-throat industry. To be able to have made it as an artist in Iran gave me the courage to pursue my dream of becoming a crossover artist. My style of music has not changed. I love the pop, electric sound that my music has always had. Just because I sing in English now and have crossed over doesn’t mean my roots are not still in my music. I love that I can appeal to a variety of people now!
How do you hope to be a good role model for other Iranian young women?
I want Iranian young women to know that it is ok to follow your dreams. Whatever it is that you want to pursue, as long as you do it with heart and passion, you can accomplish it!
What’s been the most surprising thing to you about the music industry since you’ve been a part of it?
The most surprising thing has been how it’s not as simple as some people make it appear to be. It’s a lot of long hours, hard work and dedication. You also have to make sure you have the perfect team behind you to help produce and make the record come to life.
Who would you love to work with in the future?
I would love to work with artists like Drake, Nicki Minaj and Pitbull.
Who are some of your favorite musicians? What artists have been inspiring you since you started performing?
I love anyone who shows passion for what they do. Drake, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift are a few of the artists that come to mind. A wide variety of artists but each so incredibly talented and passionate about what they do. I love how they put their all into not only their music, but their performances as well. It’s very inspiring!
What do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope listeners take away from your songs?
I want listeners to be able to dance, laugh, sing and cry along to my music. I want my music to help listeners feel something. If I’ve done that, I’ve done my job. I want to continue to uplift and inspire people through my music.
I am so thankful that I get to pursue my dreams. Never let anyone tell you that you cannot be something. If you work hard and put your mind to a goal, you can and will achieve it.