Dazed with Amy Lee: “Evanescence’s Amy Lee on drama and going back with Synthesis”

Amy Lee

We meet the rock icon to talk about the band’s new album, working with women and the beast that is fame

For those among us who were watching Kerrang! religiously in 2003, there likely isn’t a more memorable image than that of Evanescence’s Amy Lee scaling a giant building in a flimsy nightie while screaming save me from the nothing I’ve become into the night. “Bring Me to Life”, with its huge chorus, guitars, and rock-rap went quickly platinum, brought Evanescence to global relevance, and ensured that they wouldn’t ever be forgotten. Even if that’s the only song of theirs you know, the opening piano is probably more than enough to get you amped up enough to start screaming (badly) along.

Evanescence followed 2003’s Fallen, their most commercially successful album, with The Open Door in 2006. After a hiatus and another change in line-up, the band returned in 2011 with Evanescence before going back on hiatus. Now, in 2017, the band are very much back – and while their continued legacy is thanks in part to their huge, dramatic sound and that one, timeless banger, it’s more than anything thanks to their one remaining original member: Amy Lee. In a scene and genre full to the brim with men, Amy Lee, with her outrageously impressive voice and dramatic gothic decadence, was instantly iconic.

Amy Lee has been busy in the last few years with solo work including film scores and a children’s album. But now, Evanescence, with new guitarist Jen Majura, are well and truly back. This November they’ll release Synthesis, a reworking and re-recording of some of their biggest hits (yes, including “Bring Me To Life”) with a full orchestra and electronics. It also includes brand new songs, and is the precursor to more new music and a full tour from the band. We spoke to Amy Lee, eternal alt icon, about Synthesis, why it was the right time to revisit their old work, and being a very famous woman in music since she was just 21.

The new album sounds and feels very Björk-esque, that mix of electronic with strings. Not identical, it’s your own thing, but similar.

Amy Lee: I’m a huge Björk fan, I’ll take that as a huge compliment. I think the difference might be taking that traditional Evanescence sound which has those indulgently dramatic and epic moments. Going full on with them, sometimes I feel like the drama is all a little bit too much these days. I guess part of that’s just growing up as your tastes change. This album was an outlet to go, ‘You know what, we’re just going to go completely nuts with it and let the orchestra do all of that stuff we were hinting at before and go ahead and be a little bit more classical and dramatic and make the piano parts even more Mozart inspired. Just kind of tricky crazy old school.’ It was just really fun, it’s a fun project. I’m looking forward to doing it live. I’m a little bit nervous, it’s definitely different and asking a little bit more of myself and everyone. But I’m excited.

Why did you decide to rework your old songs on Synthesis?

Amy Lee: Our music from the beginning has always had the elements of very intricate and beautiful arrangements by David Campbell, but it also has this other side of the electronic programming that I really love. In fact, most of what I listen to is in that world. Once we put everything on there; the guitars, the big rock drums, you go through all the different levels of production to the point that you have the finished product of the song but a lot of that beautiful intricate stuff gets kind of buried. Many times I’ve left the studio and wished I had a mix just of the string arrangements and the programming together with vocals because there’s something really beautiful about that. I think that was my initial thought but that snowballed into something a lot bigger, because going back in with David Campbell he completely rearranged these songs in a way that takes the whole orchestra and lets it fill in all this space that isn’t taken up by the full band at full power all the time.

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Overdrive Music Magazine with Jen Majura: “Maybe the whole world thinks I’m nuts. Well then the whole world will think that I’m nuts.”

Jen Majura

“First of all, thank you for the outstanding, splendid review of the album. I read this, I held my breath, and I was… I can’t believe… that was so good. You so got the idea of the whole thing, it was perfect.”
Well, with that out of the way, knowing I had properly wrapped my head around the concept of Jen Majura’s upcoming solo album, InZENity (Out November 24th), I managed to pry a very busy Jen away from practicing her newest instrument, the theremin, for a bit of a chat about everything going on in her world. But first, allow me to back track for a minute.

“Jen who?” You ask?  Bassist, guitarist, singer, music school founder and rat mum, Jen is known for her work in the bands Black Thunder Ladies, Equilibrium, and Knorkator, but most recently, since 2015, solo artist and lead guitarist of the rock band Evanescence. Overdrive sat down with her to chat all things InZENityEvanescence, and more.

We began by speaking about life following the small-town musician’s addition to Evanescence back in August 2015. Majura described it as being “a trip,” adding that “life has changed drastically, but if you think about it as a musician, who wouldn’t want to experience a beautiful adventure like this? I mean, I get to see places I’ve never been before. I’m so excited to go to Australia next year for the first time. (With Evanescence, performing Synthesis Live in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney in February 2018.) Mainly of course, it’s work, but I’ve found not only a great work environment, I’ve found like a new family, and great, great friendship.”

Jen likens her relationship with lead vocalist, Amy Lee as being “soul twins,” and went on to reiterate the importance of band members having these strong friendships by saying,
“You can have the greatest guitar player and the fastest drummer or whatever, but when that person sucks as a human being, you don’t want to tour with that person because it’s the human relationship that’s so important. It’s only maximum two hours on stage each night, but what about the other 22 hours of the day?”

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NEWS.COM.AU: Evanescence have removed the “compromise” rap from biggest hit

Amy Lee of US band Evanescence is touring Australia — with a full orchestra — next year. Picture: Sony Source: Supplied

Amy Lee of US band Evanescence is touring Australia — with a full orchestra — next year. Picture: Sony Source: Supplied

Re-recording their biggest hits with an orchestra means Evanescence’s Amy Lee has been able to remove *that* rap from Bring Me to Life

EVANESCENCE’S Amy Lee is rewriting history on the band’s new album.

Their fourth release Synthesis is the opposite of an unplugged effort — rather Lee has re-recorded the band’s old material an even more dramatic and bombastic manner, with a full orchestra and heavy electronics.

That includes their breakthrough 2003 hit Bring Me To Life. And there’s something missing from the version you know — that rap, by guest vocalist Paul McCoy.

“God bless the rap, it’s part of what got us on the radio I guess,” Lee says. “At least according to all the rules of radio that I don’t agree with or understand. The rap wasn’t part of our original idea or sound, it was a compromise in many ways. So to be able to go back to the original vision for the song was great.”

Here’s Evanescence looking moody, with singer Amy Lee far left. Picture: Sony Music Source: Supplied

Here’s Evanescence looking moody, with singer Amy Lee far left. Picture: Sony Music Source: Supplied

It’s not uncommon for an artist to go back and record their songs — Lee embraced being to able to revisit the band’s signature hit after performing it live at every concert they’ve played since it was release.

“The recording of a song that ends being the one you hear the most through history is usually when the song was just freshly written. You’re still learning it yourself and getting used to what the notes are and how the parts go. That’s true for Bring Me to Life for sure. After doing it live for so long there’s different vocal choices I’ve made and different things we got to use in this version.”

And no rap.

“I forget the rap’s there now to be honest,” Lee says. “At the time it was a big issue, it was our first single. I wanted people to understand who we were. That’s a struggle you always fight as an artist. If we only had the one hit, if no one ever heard from us again then nobody would understand who we were. We’ve made it past that point so the rap doesn’t make me angry any more. I’m so glad to put a new version out there without the rap though.”

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WAAF: “Amy Lee of Evanescence sits down for intimate Q&A session in NYC”

Amy Lee from Evanescence performs live at Steinway & Sons

Amy Lee from Evanescence performs live at Steinway & Sons – Facebook: Paste Music & Daytrotter

While in New York City, Evanescence’s Amy Lee sat down with Paste Music for a personal Q&A session at Steinway Hall before venturing off on their Synthesis Live tour on October 14th.

When asked to describe the concept behind Synthesis, Lee said, “This is a total passion project for me. There are so many layers in our music, underneath the huge drums and guitars.” She went on to say, “I’ve always wanted to shine a light on some of the gorgeous David Campbell arrangements and programming elements in our songs, and that idea snowballed into completely re-doing them with full orchestra, not just strings, elaborate programming and experimentation.”

Their upcoming Synthesis album and tour features a modern reworking of some of their classic songs with a full orchestra and electronica elements. The album will also include two brand new Evanescence songs, one of which is the newly released “Imperfection.”

Watch Lee’s full Q&A session below!

Amy Lee from Evanescence live at Steinway Hall in NYC

Amy Lee from Evanescence performs live at Steinway & Sons! More performance sessions and interviews here: https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/pastestudio/cloud/

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Inside Synthesis: Episode 2 – Imperfection

EVANESCENCE - Inside Synthesis: Episode 2 - Imperfection - Source: YouTube

EVANESCENCE – Inside Synthesis: Episode 2 – Imperfection – Source: YouTube evanescencevideo

In the second episode of “Inside Synthesis”, explore the making of Evanescence’s new single, “Imperfection”!

Source: Evanescence YouTube Channel

Amy Lee sobre el nuevo album de Evanescence: “Estamos haciendo algo que importe y cree conciencia”

Amy Lee sobre el nuevo album de Evanescence: “Estamos haciendo algo que importe y cree conciencia”

Evanescence

Aunque varias han sido las entrevistas que ha dado Amy Lee en los últimos días mucho no ha dicho sobre el nuevo álbum de Evanescence, y es claro porque, quiere generar expectativa y de paso darle emoción al tour por Sudamérica que puede traer sorpresas.

En esta nueva entrevista con el medio peruano RPP Noticias habla un poco del nuevo trabajo de la banda y como se siente con la situación de inundaciones en Perú.

¿Cómo se sienten de volver a Lima después de 5 años?

Amy Lee: Bueno, ahora mismo estoy pensando en todas las cosas que están pasando en Perú, estoy pensando en ustedes todo el tiempo, viendo las noticias sobre las inundaciones y esperando que todos estén bien. Yo sé que son unas personas muy apasionadas, una cultura de coraje, pero además personas muy amables. Cuando hemos estado allá nos han llenado de regalos y de cosas que representan el país, de arte, de cosas que jamás nos han regalado antes y estamos muy agradecidos por su cariño

El público peruano le tiene un gran cariño a la banda, hay mucha expectativa por su regreso en un festival tan grande, ¿qué esperan ustedes de su show?

Estoy entusiasmada de brindar a los fans peruanos un show con la conformación actual de la banda, porque siento que estamos haciendo sonidos más fuertes. Quiero que nos divirtamos juntos, que disfrutemos del show. Estoy realmente emocionada de llevarles el show, nuevamente.

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Amy Lee conversa con NY Daily News: “Estamos trabajando en algo un poco mas elaborado”

Amy Lee conversa con NY Daily News: “Estamos trabajando en algo un poco mas elaborado”

Amy Lee

Amy Lee continua promocionando su nuevo single “Speak To Me” y nuevamente habló acerca del futuro de Evanescence con el periódico New York Daily News.

Traducción:

Y ella no se detiene allí. El mes pasado, ella revelo que Evanescence estaba intentando volver por tercera vez lanzando el single “Even in Death” y ella también compartió en Febrero otro single como solista “Love Exists”.

“Hemos estado tocando de nuevo desde 2015 y tenemos una increíble nueva guitarrista Jen en la banda y esta es la primera vez que tenemos otra mujer en la banda…” ella dijo.

“Estamos en nuevo lugar positivo donde sentimos que cualquier cosa es posible y esa es la verdadera razón de hacer nueva música.”

En cuanto a lo que está en la tienda de Evanescence desde su último regreso en 2011 — Lee dice que sólo tendrás que esperar.

“Estamos trabajado en algo nuevo que planeamos lanzar este año… pero no es solo un nuevo álbum tradicional es algo un poco más elaborado,” ella dijo.

“Si te puedes imaginar que es más elaborado.”

Traducción por EvTod

Nuevo album de Evanescence saldria en Otoño

Nuevo album de Evanescence saldria en Otoño

Amy Lee

En una reciente entrevista con Rolling Stones donde Amy Lee habló acerca de “Speak To Me”, su más reciente single que es parte de la banda sonora de Voice From The Stone, se indica al final de la nota que Lee esta de vuelta en el estudio con Evanescence y que el nuevo álbum saldría en Otoño (Septiembre ~ Noviembre)!.

In addition to “Speak to Me” and her recent solo work, Lee is back in the studio with Evanescence working on the band’s new LP, due out this fall.

Traducción:

Además de “Speak to Me” y su reciente trabajo en solitario, Lee está de vuelta en el estudio con Evanescence trabajando en el nuevo LP de la banda, que saldrá este otoño.

Recordemos que anteriormente el sitio Blabbermouth.net (14 de Febrero) indicó que los publicistas de Amy Lee les dijeron que la banda estaba de vuelta en el estudio trabajando en nueva música y que estaba prevista para fin de año.

According to Amy Lee’s publicists at Mercenary Publicity, the EVANESCENCE singer and her bandmates are currently in the studio working on new music, expected later this year.

Traducción:

Según los publicistas de Amy Lee de Mercenary Publicity, la cantante de EVANESCENCE y sus compañeros de banda están actualmente en el estudio trabajando en música nueva, prevista para finales de este año.