We had the good fortune of connecting with Aimee Vant and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Aimee, what’s your definition for success?
I think my ability to inspire others defines my success. The best gift I’ve ever received is inspiration from my favorite artists through the years. At times when I was feeling alone or lost that influence gave me a much needed sense of purpose. Music has a beautiful power to simultaneously comfort and challenge you, and that combination has always felt so perfect to me. Having the ability to pass that feeling on to others would definitely bring me a lot of peace. Music has given me a lot through the years, and it only feels right to spread that gift to others who need it.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I wasn’t always inevitably a musician. Looking back, I’m not ashamed to admit that the talent didn’t come to me as naturally as it did for a lot of others. Despite this fact, I always had an undeniable craving to explore music and learn from the greats.

I wasn’t surrounded with music in my early years and therefore, didn’t truly fall in love with it until I was a teenager. I initially began my musical journey as a drummer and later became a singer after idolizing artists such as Kelly Clarkson, Pink & Sia. I quickly became obsessed with the messages embedded in the songs I was singing and then fell in love with writers such as Lorde, Tom Odell, Jeff Buckley and Chris Martin. I wrote silently for many years (4 or 5 I believe), in fear of exposing something so vulnerable and uncommon to my surroundings.

At 18 I decided to attend Berklee College of Music, which placed me in a constant state of imposter syndrome for the few years I spent there. The intimidation factor fueled me more than ever and pushed me to learn at an obsessive rate. I studied Contemporary Writing & Production as my major and focused on learning how to produce, compose and arrange the songs I was writing. Through Berklee I was able to collaborate with incredible musicians such as my professors, fellow classmates and even the Budapest Art Orchestra (featured on my recent single ‘Teeth’). While at Berklee, I took a class led by songwriting mogul and all around badass Kara Dioguardi. Kara has inspired me more than anyone I’ve met in the industry and serves as a tremendous role model. I was proud to have been able to expedite my Berklee course load and finish at the age of 20. Almost immediately after this I decided to move to LA.

My style is a combination of several genres and textures. In short I would use the terms, alt-pop, indie-pop or singer-songwriter to define my style, but more specifically, I am extremely drawn to blending orchestral instrumentation with modern electronic sounds. The sonic epicenter of those influences mixed with a candid songwriting style is what forms my sound.

Currently I am writing more than ever and co-producing my releases with my former classmate and best friend Noah Hubbell. I try to keep my music as honest and conversational as possible. On the side, I produce and write for other artists.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite place to go with my friends is the Noho Diner. It’s a classic home-y diner with a lot of character right in the Noho Art District and it’s always filled with the most interesting people. After that either the Aquarium of the Pacific or the Natural History Museum are some other favorites!

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d love to dedicate this to Cara McCarthy. Cara was my first vocal instructor starting when I was about 12 years old. Even though I had no training or experience (and clearly had a lot to learn), she recognized that I had a spark for music and needed to learn how to express it in my own way. She respected what I wanted as an artist from the start and never made me feel ashamed for however I decided to present it. She listened to my goals and led me directly towards them. I think more music teachers need to take kids seriously as artists and inspire them to feel empowered and secure in their own artistic individuality.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aimeevant/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ-VhtP9HkKLd7Wcw0r_Pbw

Image Credits
Holy Smoke Photography

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