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Interview: Amitis

Amitis is a crossover artist from Iran who moved to Atlanta 10 years ago to bring her musical talents to the United States. Fluent in several instruments, she reaches a broad range of people and her fan base just keeps growing. Read my interview with Amitis to find out what it was like to work with Snoop Dogg, her musical influences, and her plans for the future:

How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as very pop-driven with a middle-eastern flare. My Iranian roots will always run through me and my music.

Tell us about your experience working with Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg was a dream to work with. I always knew I wanted to have a rapper on “King”, and Snoop was at the top of my list. When he signed on to be a part of the song, I was very excited but very nervous. When I met him, I couldn’t believe how kind, professional and fun he was. He was one of the nicest artists I have ever worked with

What has been your biggest accomplishment so far in your career?
My whole career so far has been a dream. Going from an Iranian artist to moving to America to become a crossover artist is probably my biggest (and scariest!) accomplishment to date. I am proud of myself for taking a leap of faith and deciding to further my career and broaden my fanbase by moving to America.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In 5 years, I see myself continuing to pursue my music career, working with more talented and respected artists, and of course, being the best mommy and wife I can be to my husband and my child!
How has your background in Iran and then your move to Georgia shaped your music?
Being an Iranian woman and starting off in the Middle-Eastern music scene has most definitely shaped my music. Although I am now a crossover artist living in America and singing in English, my music will always have that cool, Middle-Eastern sound. It’s what sets me apart from other pop artists!

Who are some of your musical influences?
My musical influences vary from artists like Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre to Lady Gaga and Beyonce. They all inspire me in different ways to push myself as hard as I possibly can to make my music as fun as can be.

Of all the instruments you play, which is most enjoyable for you?

I love all the instruments I play for different reasons, but my favorite is definitely piano. Piano is so relaxing and therapeutic!
What’s the first concert you ever attended?
The first concert I ever attended was the popular Iranian singer Googoosh. She has always been an inspiration to me and I was so happy to have seen her in concert.
What/who motivates you?
I am my biggest motivator. I love to push myself farther and father with each and every song I put out. I work incredibly hard to make my music as authentic and special as I can. I work endlessly in the studio to make sure I’m putting out music that I can stand behind and be proud of.
Think about your ideal playlist, list some songs that would be on it:
Right now, it would be anything by The Weeknd. The Weeknd is so incredibly talented and I love his unique sound. I also love Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”, Selena Gomez’s “Hands to Myself”, and Ellie Goulding’s “On My Mind.” There is so much good music out right now!
Whats next for you?
I’m continuing to work on my music career and I’m spending endless hours in the studio. I have a few exciting projects coming up, so stay tuned for more! Can’t give too much away!

About Rebecah Jacobs

From Los Angeles and living in New York. Always listening to music.

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