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WPGM Commentary: Amalie Bryde Sees Love Everywhere On Her New EP ‘In & Out Of Love’

Hej med dig! My name is Amalie Bryde and I am an artist, producer and singer-songwriter born in Denmark but I’ve been based in London for the last 4 years. I just released my self-produced and written sophomore EP In & Out of Love, and I’d love for you to put it on while you read through my little biography Xx

First off, let me take you back to where it all began. I honestly can’t remember a time when singing and performing wasn’t a part of my life! I grew up in Denmark in a small town called Haslev, about an hour south of Copenhagen. It was about as far away from Hackney as you can get, tucked away in this idyllic little country town.

I actually grew up in an old farmhouse. I could see horses from my bedroom window! Needless to say, I didn’t grow up in a musical family, but chose music over anything else all throughout primary and high school. No matter where my life has taken me, I’ve always been so blessed by an incredibly supportive family.

Back in 2015, I was working with a producer Ole Brodersen Meyer, who of course had a ton of other clients. I was pumping out more songs than our studio time allowed us to work through, so he encouraged me to start producing my own beats. I’m so grateful for his advice. It’s made it so much easier for me to translate what I hear in my head to how I want it to sound coming from the speakers.

Over the years, I learned production by looking over other producers’ shoulders in sessions, asking them questions, bingeing YouTube videos, deconstructing samples in songs, but most of all it was trial and error. I’d recommend any new songwriter or artist to get cracking and learn the basics of music production. It’s so rewarding and so much fun!

Thanks to Ole’s suggestion and a whole lot of effort – I can now proudly present my sophomore EP In & Out of Love that I wrote and produced myself between 2020-2021. I wrote and produced them in a shared studio I had in Dalston, London, and finished it off in my home studio over the darkest days of the COVID-19 lockdown.

In & Out Of Love tells many different tales about me falling in and out of love. The EP starts out with “Love Again”, a track about a time when I so desperately wanted to fall in love and continues on to a song about what it’s like to find love that gives me “Butterflies”.

It continues to tell the story of me falling out of love with myself and looking for a way back, looking for that “Stranger Inside” that can guide me back to loving myself for who I am. The fourth track is a collaboration with my dear colleague Svetlana and celebrates how we “Found Love” in ourselves and know that that’s all we need to be truly content. Once you understand that love is everywhere, it’s hard not to see it!

The EP finishes off with the party track “Like This Like That”, which is about how I can’t just pick one thing to love, and I shouldn’t have to! Life has so many treasures and I want to try and embrace them all.

In & Out Of Love was a huge learning experience for me. Both going through the experiences in the first place, but also writing and producing the EP. One piece of advice I wish someone would have given me earlier on in my career is to find a job on the side that gives you some joy and a little extra cash. I put a lot of energy, effort and dedication into my music, which to be honest, has been a huge drain on money.

The worst part of the past couple of years has been feeling like I’ve finally found my sound, nailed my visuals, and created the work that I’m the proudest of – but I haven’t yet earned the money and recognition I know I deserve.

I have meltdowns about not having “made it” yet on the scale I used to dream about when I was dancing on my mum’s coffee table when I was eight. To me, “making it” would simply be being able to live off my art. I haven’t got there yet but I love what I do, no matter how hard it is sometimes.

There are a lot of bright spots in my life right now, whether it’s making the most out of living in London with my partner, gigs with my fellow artists, travelling with friends… I’m always the happiest when I’m on stage.

It goes all the way back to the age of 5 where I remember trying to mimic JLO and Shakira dancing in the mirror at my parent’s house. When I was 12, I joined choirs, bands, and enrolled in private singing and piano lessons which eventually led to musicals, acting, modelling, and moving to Copenhagen after my high school graduation in 2011.

In Copenhagen, I went to dance school and then danced professionally for a few years until I started writing my own songs in 2013. I never went to music college or university, I just fell right into songwriting and all of the sudden, knew it was what I wanted to do! Whenever I get worked up, frustrated about the journey, or doubt myself there is this voice inside me saying “You can’t quit. This is what you’re here to do!”.

That being said, I’m super excited to announce my debut tour, where I’ll be performing at Rust in Copenhagen on June 18th and here in London at The Victoria Dalston on June 22. Really hope to see you there!

Listen to In & Out Of Love below and stream it elsewhere here.

Words by Amalie Bryde // Follow her on Facebook + Instagram

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