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What I Learned at Bandcamp: Amarante

Amarante interview, music on Bandcamp

Indie-folk artists Josh and Jysi, also known as Amarante, self-produce music out of a Los Angeles bedroom. The duo first released music on SoundCloud in 2011 and has since garnered over one million plays.

In May 2014, the band released its fourth album, Elapsed Euphoria. The 12-track release is available for purchase and streaming, along with all of the band’s previous albums, on Bandcamp.

Below, read The Spec‘s interview with Amarante…

How long have you been making music?
It has been about five year since the birth of Amarante, but Josh has been in several bands for the past 13 years and Jysi has been creating music for more than nine.

Who/what are your influences?
Many different artists have influenced our music, such as Efterklang, Bibio, Bombay Bicycle Club, Massive Attack, Fleet Foxes, Laura Veirs, Télépopmusik, and many, many more!

What is your favorite song you’ve released and why?
I think we both agree that we really like “Buried Beneath.” The song just kinda happened, we don’t know how, or why, it was just there one day. It’s magic.

Upcoming projects, where do you want to go from here?
Many, many different things in mind! Recording and creating music is really the passion, so there will be much more from us. And eventually playing live will be a possibility.

If you could no longer be a musician, what would you be or do for a living?
Josh has always wanted to be a filmmaker, and Jysi has a passion for interior design.

What musicians or bands do you look up to?
Many of our previously mentioned influences and classic artists like The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and even as far back as Bach and Debussy.

Why do you make music?
We make music because we have this uncontrollable amount of emotion and passion just flowing in our veins! And if we don’t pour it into a song, we will explode.

Anything else you’d like readers to know that we haven’t asked you about?
We have recently been contacting our favorite Youtubers and asking if they’d like to use our music for their videos. We have gotten so much attention in the past few months because of it and it’s been one of the best experiences as Amarante.


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