Hotly tipped by BBC Radio 1, Mixmag, DJ Mag, Spotify (as the first DJ and female DJ to feature on their DJ Mixes platform) and more, 2021 was a massive debut year for one of the UK’s most exciting young talents, AmyElle and 2022 has seen her continue to build on this with shows across some of the globes biggest venues and continued support from top tastemakers.
Diving into some of my favourite peak time club records, tribal grooves and those more melodic moments. All records I’ve been spinning at my recents sets like Firefly Festival, SWG3, Amnesia & Tomorrowland.
Touring this year has seen AmyElle go up a level, with a very busy summer across some of the most prestigious venues and festivals globally. Starting off the year with a debut ‘all night long set in London’s flagship home of dance music, Fabric, AmyElle has gone on to play Printworks, Radio 1’s Big Weekend, and shows in the USA including Splash House Palm Springs, Hideout Festival, Tomorrowland, Secret Garden Party and 3 X shows at Amnesia, Ibiza amongst many more. AmyElle has been turning heads and garnering the seal of approval from tastemakers across the board from Pete Tong, Danny Howard, Jaguar Worldwide and Sarah Story on BBC Radio 1 to Anna Lunoe (Apple Radio), Attack Magazine, DJ Mag, Notion (In The Mix), Pioneer, Dancing Astronaut and playlisting on Diplo’s Revolution show on Sirius XM.
Born in Texas and moving to Dundee from an early age, AmyElle’s earliest memories of music are deeply rooted in her parent’s love for classical music. She takes inspiration from her classical roots in John Barry, Ludovico Einaudi and Lambert and creates euphoria-inducing, club-ready productions: “I want to make music that gives you the chills. It’s got to have some soul. I write music that I want to go bigger than a specific scene or genre.” Her production style is heavily influenced by old Chicago House and Detroit Techno records that have “stood the test of time”.
This melting pot of influences is the key to her unique style and why so many have grown to love her music. In April 2021, Amy released “Feel The Heat” on tastemaker London independent Another Rhythm. It has been streamed over 7M times, featured on the cover of Spotify’s UK House Music and was nominated as one of the Best Dance Records of 2021 on BBC Radio 1. Amy was also asked to remix Burns’ explosive record “Talamanca”, later becoming an Amazon Exclusive and featuring on a billboard in Leicester Square. Amy brought 2021 to a close with her double A-side EP “Push It” which was playlisted on Sirius XM + more. 2022 saw the release of ‘Let Me In’ featuring Shania. A track which was made Sarah Stories with AmyElle heading over to the Radio 1 studio on release day for an interview with Sarah about the release.
As a young woman stepping into a traditionally male-dominated scene, AmyElle draws inspiration from icons such as Annie Mac and Peggy Gou. It’s important to Amy to take up space in the house music scene as a young female and she wants to “shine more of a light on some amazing female and LGBTQIA+ creators”, using her platforms as a voice for positive change and carving out space for other women and non-binary people to see themselves in the genre. “I love how house music came about. It was a safe, inclusive space. I think that’s what’s so special about raving and getting people together.”
Having launched her project in the middle of a pandemic, Amy built a loyal fanbase and following by showcasing her energetic and expertly crafted mixes on TikTok and Instagram, garnering over 170,000 followers. AmyElle’s exciting trajectory continues in 2022 and post-pandemic, her social growth shows no sign of stopping. AmyElle has some more huge shows booked in as we look to the second half of the year including Elrow Town Amsterdam with Jamie Jones and Kerri Chandler, Firefly Festival in Dover, USA, YOYO Paris – with Hot Since 82 + Tobacco Dock, London for Halloween.