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Interview: Amber Ojeda

posted July 19, 2012, 9:00 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment

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Reviewing Amber Ojeda’s Space.Bar.Love last week, my curiosity piqued about this “Platinum Hit” cyberspace cool chica, crossing romantic galaxies while blending jazz and hip-hop genres. Graciously pressing the “Pause Break” button, taking time from her studio sessions, she answered a few (ok, more than a few) questions about her San Diego beginnings, her future EP and her inspirations, during which I discovered we share fav authors! Visit amberojeda.com to get the deets on her albums and next cosmic musical journey.


Beginnings

What was the moment you knew you wanted to create music as a career?
At first note. : )

You also had a passion for dance growing up as well?

I did! My love affair with music actually began in the dance studios. As an adolescent I wanted to be on any and every stage. I carried that passion all the way through high school and then capped it off with my spot on The Gulls Girls (San Diego Gulls Cheerleader). I was lucky enough to have a mother who supported all my expressive interests.

I knew someone who danced professionally for a sports team who had regular weigh-ins as everyone had to have a certain look. Did you ever feel that pressure to look a certain way in your acting or dance career?

Ah, yes the weigh-ins. That was a very real part of being on a Cheerleading/Dance team. We were assigned our “looks” and were expected to meet a specific standard in appearance in addition to our physical obligations. As much as it makes you cringe to think about, it didn’t turn me off to the sport. It’s a very competitive field on all levels.

I read you were on the reality show, “Platinum Hit”. What is “Platinum Hit” for those who aren’t familiar?

It was a competition series on Bravo about songwriters. It was judged by Jewel & Kara DioGuardi.

What’s the best and worth thing about being on a reality show?

The best thing was the connections I made. Since being on the show I have had the privilege to work with amazing writers and producers, many of them Grammy winners. It opened my life up to a community of professionals that I may not have known so soon otherwise. The worst thing is how little control you have over editing. : P

Getting Personal

What do you like to do to relax when you’re not working?

Fall in love : ) & cooking.

Who is your favorite author or poet?

Pablo Neruda. Hands down. Here is a quote that melts me from “I don’t love you as if you were a rose”

“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes closed”

If you lived on a houseboat and it was sinking, what are three things you would try to save?

My new laptop, lol, my collection of crystals (yes I am a hippie) and some
family photos.

What are your favorite jazz albums?

Billie Holliday “All or Nothing at All” I have the original vinyl hanging in my room right next to “Lonely Blue Child” and her greatest hits collection. Aretha Franklin “This is Jazz #34″. Miles Davis “Kind of Blue”.

What would someone be surprised to know about you?

That I always carry a crystal with me. I have dozens of them. I usually keep them in my bra (they are small). I also leave a trail of bobby pins whereever I go. If you ever need to find me that’s your first lead!

What is your favorite A Tribe Called Quest song or album?
Oddly enough, I KNOW people will argue me on this choice, but I LOVE “The Love Movement”!!!!

Who are your musical heroes?

I love Sarah Vaughan for her range and tone. Billie Holliday for her emotionality. Nat King Cole for his lush vocals (he is like listening to butter). Michael Jackson for obvious reasons : ) I also love Nas & Jill Scott for their lyrical content.

Her Future

Why is it important for you to stay indie and maintain control of your
music?

Record companies are scrambling. The medium has changed in the artists’
favor. Why hand over the keys if we are driving the same ship? The only
thing an indie artist really needs is an investor and a good PR firm.

Who would you love to collaborate with in the future?

Pharrell.

What’s next for you?

I just finished recording a new EP for a new project I am a part of. Details soon!

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