Introducing: Brighton-based singer Amber Burgoyne

27 Sep 2019

This October, we present spoken word showcase Trope in partnership with leading spoken word and poetry organisation Apple and Snakes

Headlining Trope is performance poet Francesca Beard along with Brighton talent, performance poet Connor Byrne, writer and host Rosy Carrick and singer-songwriter Amber Burgoyne. Ahead of her performance at Trope, we catch up with Amber to discover more about her journey as a musician in Brighton. 

Firstly, for those who don’t know, can you tell us a bit about yourself?

So I’m Amber Burgoyne, I’m a singer-songwriter originally from Essex, I moved to Brighton 3 years ago to try and give myself more time to make music and meet musicians. And now I’m currently on tour with my brilliant band, playing at Ronnie Scott’s this week; you could say it’s come a long way from playing guitar in my room. 

Can you tell us a bit about how you got into music?

Music was always played around the house when I was young, all sorts of different genres. I would go and steal from my parent’s CD collection. Still have some in my car now, they never noticed. But honestly, when my grandma showed me Aretha Franklin for the first time that really set things off for me. 

Your new single My Head Will Be Back Around Noon is coming out soon. Can you tell us the story behind the track?

This track is one of the more nostalgic, melancholic songs in the set. I wrote it when I was feeling really lost in my life, finding it hard to know where I was going and what I was going to do next, not in my right mind. It’s very personal and vulnerable but I hope it speaks to a lot of people. I feel as though it is widely relatable. 

What inspires you?

Everyday life inspires me, the things that normal people have to go through. I only write about what is personal to me and I really have to feel what I’m writing about. If I don’t feel it, how will an audience be able to connect with me? 

How would you describe your music?

My music is full warm tones; the sounds are classic but it’s honest and vulnerable. It’s a mixture of a lot of different genres and the songs do vary but overall, I choose to describe it as a mash of Jazz, Soul and Pop (with a little bit of Folk). 

 Can you tell us about your creative process?

It’s pretty simple, just as it started. If I’m really feeling emotional about something, which is usually personal, whether that’s about people close to me or about myself. I will sit and write a poem and try and put it to some chords on the guitar; then when I bring it to the band it comes to life. 

Do you have any advice for those who want to pursue music?

Just do it, you really got to do it though, it’s hard work and takes a lot of energy but if you want it you’ve got to go for it. Meet people, play gigs and do it well, don’t rush the process. Put out music and photos that you’re proud of, because they will be there forever.

What are your go-to venues in Brighton?

My favourite venues in Brighton are probably The Prince Albert, Hope and Ruin and Bees Mouth.

Who are you favourite Brighton-based musicians we should have on our radar?

Definitely a band to keep your eye on is Voodoo and The Crypts, releasing a new single in October after a year of being quiet. I’m really excited to know what’s to come from them.

What are you most looking forward to at Trope?

I’m excited to hear from all of the other artists, hear different stories and connect with them, it’s going to be a special event. 

Discover more about Trope headliner Francesca Beard