During a new conversation she had with ‘Cutter’s Rockcast’ this week, Pete Burns asked Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee to share her thoughts on the current music scene, female empowerment as well as the source of being a rock singer.
You might know that Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee and Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale announced that they will embark on a tour together starting in November in Portland, and they will play songs from Evanescence’s latest album ‘The Bitter Truth’ as well as Halestorm’s ‘Vicious’ which was released in 2018.
While Amy is one of the most talented female rock stars of the era, she was asked whether she could name one artist or band that made her want to become a rock musician.
While Amy admitted that it’s so tough to name just one, she also stated that she was super inspired by bands like Nirvana, Björk, Metallica, Soundgarden, and Massive Attack while she was younger.
Here is what Amy told in her interview:
“I can’t say one, but it’s interesting, I didn’t think about gender that much. It’s such a topic right now. I think it’s great. We’re talking about all kinds of things — inclusivity is big right now, and I love it; so right on.
Before we got signed, when we were kids starting the band, I thought it was cool because I could do things that guys couldn’t do. I could hit high notes that they couldn’t hit, and we could play in different tunings. And I just felt like it was a bonus, just as far as the timbre of my voice, and the fact that it contrasted. I love contrast in music — I love when you can put something really dark with something really light or put something really heavy with something beautiful.
And having a voice that I can display my femininity and contrast it with a lot of aggression in the band, to me, was just a fun idea. It just felt good, and it was something that I thought was somewhat unique at the time.
But bands that inspired me — I got super inspired by Nirvana. But it was also not so much the rock part but just the alternative world of music. Björk, that’s been my number one ever since I first saw ‘Human Behaviour’ on TV when I was 12 years old — maybe 13 — and I was, like, ‘I’m obsessed with you now.’
So, somewhere between Björk, Soundgarden, Nirvana, a little bit of Metallica, and also Tori Amos and Smashing Pumpkins and so many just cool bands that were crossing over all kinds of boundary lines. Garbage — I have to mention that. Massive Attack. “
You can check out the full interview below.