Aimee Monroe is a dynamic, millennial singing star on the rise, with over 1.5 million views on her rapidly growing YouTube channel.
We catch up with her to talk about her authentic recording approach and how she is handling life as a solo performer.
How do you perform in the ‘YouTube venue’?
If you’re going to record raw and live, just let the music and vocals take over. Don’t worry about facial expressions, just go with it. There is nothing better than seeing raw emotion or passion across someone’s face who is so into the music and doing what they love. Who cares if you’re not pretty or hitting those high notes, just be authentic.
How do you record your singing videos?
When I first started, I was using a terrible webcam that used to lag, then I relied on my MacBook camera before deciding to have my covers pre-recorded and filmed properly with a Nikon camera. However, this was more time consuming than learning the song and performing it so recently I have made the decision to never pre-record my covers and just sing live and raw to show people this is how I sound there and then, take it or leave it. I get out my iPhone 7 and hit record.
What is the hardest challenge as a singer?
Overcoming that inner censor that says “you’re not good enough”. It’s hard enough to convince your family and friends that this is what you love to do. The biggest obstacle is allowing yourself to keep going when you might be in a moment of doubt.
Strangest gig you’ve ever done:
I was supposed to play a show in my hometown of Dublin and I was so excited as I had been living in the UK for so long. The sound guy NEVER showed up for the show and the gig organiser was mortified as everyone was in the venue had bought a ticket or paid to come in. Everyone was just standing there. It was a beautiful day so I told as many people as I could to go outside and we performed an acoustic set and everyone got their money back. It was so nice in the end, everyone in the street dancing and singing and we gained more fans from people passing by.
What have you learned from collaborating with other performers?
Collaborating gives me the biggest hit of inspiration every time. Just seeing their methods of how they write songs or their outlook on life. Two creative minds can ignite some really amazing ideas.
A vocal lesson you’ve learned the hard way
When I was younger I was so enamoured by punk and pop culture. My first band was punk and I used to shout a lot and lose my voice. My second band was a pop band and we would sing soooo high pitched, so it strained my vocals a lot. People would ask me why I don’t sing jazz/soul/blues as that is the genre that suits my voice the best. Not listening to my own voice and ability was the hardest lesson.
How do you look after your voice?
I warm up and warm down. My favorite warm up is called ‘The Siren’. You connect your tongue to the roof of your mouth, like you do at the end of the word ‘sing’, keep that ‘ng’ sound and make a siren sound. It’s the quickest and easiest way to warm up. After a day or night of singing, I use my vocal steamer to replace natural moisture.
Favourite vocal gear
The TC-Helicon Perform V has brought so much joy to my friends and family at parties or events. Everyone wants to play with it for hours. I use it almost every day. It’s gotta be TC-Helicon.
I am in the process of reading The Artists Way by Julia Cameron. It is a 12-week creative recovery program, and so far, it has improved my outlook and the amount I am writing.
What’s in the pipeline for you?
I am in the middle of writing and recording my EP and I am playing small shows around Dublin and London to gage reactions of the songs I have been writing to get an idea of the best ones to put on my EP. I never thought I had it in me to be a solo artist but I will give it my best shot.