Meet: Amelia Allan

Meet: Amelia Allan

Meet emerging Naarm/Melbourne-based indie-folk artist as we premiere her impressive debut single ‘Won’t Miss You’

Ahead of her forthcoming EP of the same name, indie folk/pop singer-songwriter Amelia Allan has readied her stirring, hook-filled debut single Won't Miss You, out April 20 but premiering on Pilerats today!

Showcasing her silvery and distinct vocals, Won't Miss You is a soaring slice of indie pop with a dash of alt-folk, packed with shimmering guitars, a driving rhythm section and a sing-a-long inducing chorus, with Allan's vocals sure to be stuck in your head long after the track has finished.

With her EP of the same name set for a July 6 release, Allan explains “The EP is about running around my streets during hard rubbish week, about losing my cat to cancer and ending a relationship on the same day, and being led on by someone I trusted with my body and mind.”

To celebrate the release of her new single, we got to know Amelia a bit better - give Won't Miss You a spin a day ahead of release and get to know her below!

Tell us about yourself?

I’m 29 and I was born in NSW and grew up in Northern Ireland. When I was 16 we moved to Melbourne and I’ve been living here ever since, apart from a brief stint in Brisbane in my early twenties when I moved there to “try and find myself”. Aside from music, I really like hiking and making things. I got into sewing over lockdown and started making tote bags from recycled material to sell as merch. I’m currently studying a masters of teaching and hope to be able to teach art and music to primary schoolers in the future.

How did you first get into making music?

I started out as a drummer and really enjoyed playing in bands and collaborating with other musicians. It was cool getting involved in the songwriting and arrangement process with my band mates, and so it felt like a natural progression for me to start learning guitar and writing my own songs. It definitely took a lot of open mics and practice gigs to shake the performance nerves, but I’m so glad I persevered!

Tell us about your creative process?

9 times out of 10 I write lyrics first and music second. Everything is in the notes app on my phone and if my iCloud account crashed or something, I’d definitely be in trouble! I jot down random thoughts, reflections after conversations, observations and life things that have happened. Once I feel like I have written enough lyrics for a song, I pick up the guitar and go from there.

Tell us about your new single?

It’s about missing all the unspoken things associated with someone you’re no longer in a relationship with. A friend and I had grown apart and I remember feeling a bit funny when I had first written the song, because voicing these things that I missed out loud felt wrong. But people seem to really relate to it and I’ve had people come up to me after shows saying, “it’s so true! I miss my ex-partner’s dog so much!”

What's coming up for the rest of the year?

My debut EP is dropping in July! I’m so excited to share these songs I’ve been sitting on for so long. I’m also organising a band launch show with some great supports! I’m keen to play heaps more gigs this year and then head back into the studio at the end of the year to record the next single.

How can fans best support your music?

I feel like a bit of a newbie to the scene, so really the best thing people can do is share my music with their friends and come to a show!

What have you been listening to lately?

Hannah Blackburn’s album “I want to love you” is just stunning. I’ve also been enjoying Flyying Colours’ latest album and the new boygenius album too!

Wont Miss You Amelia Allan single artwork

Amelia Allan's debut single Won't Miss You is out April 20

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