Less Talk About Marriage, More On Work: Ameriie Dishes Details On Upcoming Project
Ameriie finally dishes some talk about her upcoming project titled Cymatika Vol. 1. Since her last album, In Love & War, much buzz about her wedding and marriage to former Columbia Records music executive Lenny Nicholson has been going around since the couple engaged than her music. Now the “1 Thing” singer shares exclusive details about her working-relationship, future collaborations and what fans can expect from this upcoming project.
Check out some of her interview:
The Juice: How has marrying Lenny affected you musically?
Ameriie: It hasn't really changed things. We've been together for a long time, a little over seven years. We've always been a team. He's always kind of been my muse. We're so set in terms of a recording process. I always bounce ideas off of him, he always helps me figure out exactly the sound I want.
"In Love & War" was about the gray area between being in love and not. Now that you're a married woman, is that something you touch upon on "Cymatika Vol. 1?”
This particular album is different as far as the subject matter. I kind of went in a place I didn't go before. Relationships are very important to talk about but I also want to go a little deeper in to what it is that makes us human and what we have in common. Not just only from a romantic aspect, but what it is that makes us tick. I consider myself to be a very spiritual person. I love science, I love quantum physics and metaphysics. I just wanted to put that into my music. You can figure out how to include anything in music, you just [have] to make sure it sounds good. I don't like to be too preachy, so a lot of the stuff is subliminal or it has such a driving beat so that if you don't want to hear the message, you don't have to. You'll either recognize what it is immediately because you're into the same thing or you want to investigate it further.
Which producers are you working with?
Different people, but two I've worked really closely are Andre Harris, of Dre & Vidal but has branched off to do his own thing. He did probably a majority of [the album]. He and his team really captured what I wanted and what I really wanted to go for with the project. I also worked with Riley Urick who is just an awesome, awesome producer. He creates things from scratch right before your eyes, really quickly.
Will you and Rich Harrison work together?
We spoke about it not too long ago and I think we wanted to do something with this project. I went over it with him, what I was looking for in general, but we didn't go too in depth because he's been working a lot with his artists. I think that would be something a lot of people have been waiting for and something we're ultimately going to do. It's just a matter of when and in what way. We have great energy. We're going to have to have a block of time where we can sit and really create.
On the last album you collaborated with Trey Songz, Fabolous, and Lil Wayne. Any collaborations this time around?
I did a Korean version of "Outside Your Body" with Drunken Tiger’s (Korean/American hip-hop group) member, [Tiger] JK and his wife (Tasha Reid). Those are my collaborations. JK is like the Korean Jay-Z. She's (Tasha) also a rapper. They're both amazing. I'm doing a record or two for Tasha's upcoming album. I haven't done it yet, and she's probably going to kill me because I've been running around doing so much.