Audio Out is the first album by the Australian singer Amiel, released in Australia by Festival Records on 18 August 2003 (see 2003 in music). Produced by Josh Abrahams, the album is filled with a variety of strange pop songs which helped the album to receive favorable reviews. Amiel states that the album comes from the love of so many different kinds of music; hip hop, folk and pop music and she states " is my weird take on the world. It all comes from how I see the world.". Australian Music Online. Retrieved 15 June 2008. Audio Out debuted inside the top twenty on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and is her highest selling album to date. The singles released from the album had minor success on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart with "Lovesong" being a top ten hit, "Obsession (I Love You)" becoming a top twenty hit while "Tonight" failed to crack the top fifty. The album nominated Amiel for five awards at the 2003 ARIA Awards including; "Single of the Year", "Highest Selling Single", "Best Female Artist", "Breakthrough Artist - Album" and "Best Pop Release".
Recording and writing
After Amiel's success with her debut single "Addicted to Bass" in 1999 she moved to from Melbourne, Victoria to Sydney, New South Wales to work further with Abrahams and Festival Records. The first songs to emerge from the songwriting process were "Lovesong", "Side by Side" and "Claire De Lune". She then traveled to the United States where she was introduced to the music production team The Matrix (who were developing Avril Lavigne at the time) and together they wrote "Obsession (I Love You)" and "All of Me". Recording began back in Melbourne where Abrahams had set up an old 1970's house full of studio gear. Many producers and musician helped with the album including Ryan Freeland (who had produced for Aimee Mann and assisted Bob Clearmountain), Justin Tressidor (who has worked with george) and Brad Haehnel (who had mixed albums for Nelly Furtado).
Amiel states "The album says what I wanted it to say. Every step along the way, everything, it all has a specific signature of me on it." Amiel states this, because she feels her music "defies the usual stereotypes". She also states "People say ‘where do we put you? You're obviously pop but are you country, are you dance, are you R‘n’B?’ I'm all those things. It's a fusion, a hybrid, and a mish-mash of all these different influences coming together. So I had to learn to say my piece and stick up for myself. I realized that if the audience was going to believe it, it had to be real and if it was going to be real it had to come from me."
Critical reception and commercial performance
Audio Out received acclaim from the Australian music press. Tim Cashmere of the Australian magazine, Undercover, states that the album is full of "catchy guitar-pop tunes more aimed at a generic market than Abrahams' club hit .". Undercover. Retrieved 15 September 2008. Tim Duggen of Rolling Stone magazine, states that Amiel could be Australia's answer to Jewel, "as the music melts into the background.". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 15 September 2008. Duggen's states "It is perfect pop in a way that only years of writing and production can produce, but it's also soulless and easily disposable." Ending the review, he states "It's light, it's sweet, but don't expect any revelations, just 11 fucking love songs." Australian dance music magazine, In the Mix, gave the album a "thumbs up for a sophisticated electronic pop gem", stating "If your a fan of pop then this record will exceed your expectations, for the more dance orientated crowd who are thirsty for more of the same old Amiel stuff, you may find yourself a little surprised at the change but still quite satisfied with quite a few tracks especially the Josh/Amiel collaborations.". In the Mix. Retrieved 15 September 2008.
Audio Out was commercially successful in Australia and Japan. In late August 2003, it debuted at number seventeen on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart. The album dropped out of the top fifty after five weeks and spent ten weeks in the top one hundred, leaving at number ninety-three.. ARIA Charts. Retrieved 16 September 2008. The Australian Recording Industry Association awarded the album a gold certification for shipping 35,000 copies.. ARIA. Retrieved 16 September 2008. At the 2003 ARIA Awards, the album was nominated for "Breakthrough Artist - Album" and "Best Pop Release", but lost both awards to Innocent Eyes by Delta Goodrem.. ARIA Awards. Retrieved 16 September 2008. In Japan, the album debuted on the Japan Oricon Albums Chart in February 2004 and went to peak at number twenty.. Oricon. Retrieved 15 June 2008. It spent nineteen weeks in the chart and sold an excess of 18,824 copies.. jbbs.livedoor.jp. Retrieved 17 September 2008.
"Lovesong", the first single, became Amiel's most-successful single release, reaching number six on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart.. Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 15 June 2008. Written by Amiel herself, she states that the song is quite autobiographical, she states "I went out with this guy, it was three dates, just dinners, it was so irrelevant, it was completely nothing. I was new in town and I wanted something, someone. But it was a waste of time. I thought: great, all I got out of that was a love song, another fucking love song.". Warner Music. Retrieved 15 September 2008. The single was released on 10 March 2003 and was certified platinum by ARIA and was the thirty-fourth highest selling single in Australia for 2003.. ARIA. Retrieved 15 September 2008.. ARIA. Retrieved 15 September 2008. The song was nominated for "Single of the Year" and "Highest Selling Single" at the 2003 ARIA Awards.
The second single "Obsession (I Love You)" was written with the music production team The Matrix and featured an electro pop vibe. It became a top-twenty hit for Amiel in Australia. "The song went through many changes and has had many lives" states Amiel. She explains "In the end it took on a kind of Nine Inch Nails vibe. That’s what Josh is like. He becomes obsessed and driven toward a particular thing and in this song that is what he wanted. It totally works for this song to be dark and strange because it helps illustrate the obsessive, deluded character that I am playing.” The song was the twentieth highest selling single in Australia, for an Australian artist, for 2003.. ARIA. Retrieved 15 September 2008.
"Tonight", the third single, was the album's least successful single, peaking at number sixty-four in Australia.. ARIA Charts. Retrieved 15 June 2008. Amiel wrote the song it in a day with Stuart Crichton and Barry Palmer. Amiel states "Stuart had this William Orbit kind of groove and Barry had a nice riff and it evoked an image for me. It's a meditative song. Then when we had finished Josh remixed it into a 60’s psychedelic thing, he sped it up and gave it its 'Tomorrow Never Knows' type feel. It’s easy to tell from this song that he is obsessed with The Beatles!." The CD single was released in Australia on 29 September 2003 and featured remixes of "Tonight" by Ken Cloud and Kid Kenobi.
*Josh Abrahams – drum programming, electric guitar, keyboard.
*Andy Baldwin – drum programming, keyboard.
*Stuart Crichton – drum programming (track 4).
*Amiel Daemion – drum programming (tracks 8 and 9).
*Andy Page – drum programming, electric guitar, keyboard.
*Krish Sharma – drum programming (track 11).
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Amiel Muki Daemion (also known as just Amiel) (born on in New York, United States) is an Australian pop singer, songwriter and actress. She moved to Australia with her family at the age of two and starred in films in the 1990s, including The Silver Brumby which also starred Russell Crowe and Caroline Goodall. Her music career shot to fame in 1999 when she teamed up with producer Josh G. Abrahams for the song "Addicted to Bass" which became a top twenty hit in Australia, this led to Daemion releasing studio albums such as Audio Out in 2003 and These Ties in 2005.
Childhood music and acting
Daemion was raised in a musical household, with her parents being musicians.. Australian Music Online. Retrieved 5 July 2008. Her father plays piano and is a singer-songwriter, Daemion states "ever since I was a little girl he would have musical instruments around. He really encouraged me to do what I'm doing." Her mother is a singer as well, Daemion states "she used to play guitar and write songs with her sister. I remember being about four and listening to her Janis Ian records and singing along and learning all the words." Daemion's first three records she brought were John Lennon, De La Soul and Mariah Carey, where she felt that Carey's album was "overproduced". She wrote and recorded her first song at the age of nine in an effort to help spread the message of ecological awareness.. amiel.com.au. Retrieved 3 July 2008. Daemion states "I'd seen a documentary. I turned to Dad and said why? and he had no answer for me so I thought if I wrote a song then maybe I could help the cause. I sang it into a tape recorder. Dad heard it and said 'do you realize what you've just done?' I said 'no.' He said: 'Amiel, you've written a song." She was introduced to the world of entertainment at the of age eleven performing the leading role alongside Russell Crowe in the 1991 feature film The Silver Brumby. She states "I always knew that all I wanted to do was perform."
1995-2003: Collaborations with Josh Abrahams and debut album
Daemion's music career began in 1995 when she was hired to do some backing vocals on a song the Australian producer Josh Abrahams was producing. Instead of just singing the song, she included her harmonies, melodies and lyrics and sung only two takes for Abrahams who then offered her a career in music. They released their first single together called "Addicted to Bass" in 1998. The song had success and peaked in the top twenty on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart. Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 24 June 2008. and was nominated for two ARIA Awards at the 1999 awards for "Single of the Year" and "Best Video" but lost to "The Day You Come" by Powderfinger and "Girls Like That..." by Custard.. ARIA Awards. Retrieved 3 July 2008. With the success of "Addicted to Bass", Daemion was then given a solo recording contract in 1998 at the age of nineteen with Festival Records and decided that Abrahams would be the best producer for her debut album.
Daemion was confronted by delays while making the record and refused to be bothered by the record's slow progress, so she used this time to write new songs both in Australia and in the United States where she composed and recorded a song, "Meet Me in the Red Room", for the second Moulin Rouge! soundtrack with Marius De Vries, under the direction of Baz Luhrmann. The new songs Daemion worked with changed the direction of the record and while a couple of the very early songs remained, the songs that were written during this period were replaced by the first demos. Daemion states "As I learnt more about the recording process and worked with different people my writing evolved and my vision for the record expanded." What started out as a small independent record, it turned into a full-scale production and Daemion's record became a major priority for her record company, which had merged to become Festival Mushroom Records since she had been signed.
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In 2001, Due to the success of "Addicted to Bass" in Australia and New Zealand, Abrahams and Daemion collaborated to form the band Puretone to release the song around the world. The song became a hit around the globe peaking at number two in the United Kingdom. chartstats.com. Retrieved 5 July 2008. and number-one on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play.. Billboard. Retrieved 5 July 2008. Abrahams and Daemion released a second single as Puretone named "Stuck in a Groove" which became a minor hit around the world. They also wrote the music for a Vodafone television commercial that was nominated for "Best Music for an Advertisement" at the 2002 APRA Screen Awards. Daemion released her first single, "Lovesong", in March 2003 and became the most added song to Australian radio upon its release and was one of the most play song on Australian radio for 2003. It became Daemion's first solo top ten single in Australia. Her debut album, Audio Out, was released in Australia on 18 August 2003 and she states it is her weird take on the world. The album debuted in the top twenty on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and was certified gold by ARIA.. ARIA. Retrieved 7 July 2008. Due to the positive reception review and chart wise, Daemion was nominated for five ARIA Awards at the 2003 awards for "Single of the Year" and "Highest Selling Single" for "Lovesong" and "Best Female Artist", "Breakthrough Artist - Album" and "Best Pop Release" for Audio Out.. ARIA Awards. Retrieved 7 July 2008.
2004-2007: These Ties, label break-up and Be Your Girl
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During the promotion of Audio Out in 2004 in London, Daemion went out on the search for a new producer and came across Stephen Lironi, an ex-member of the UK band Altered Images. Daemion states that she "felt comfortable with him straight away. I felt like he got what I was trying to do creatively." After a few short months of working with Lironi, Daemion felt that her second solo album, These Ties, was born. Just as the albums first single, "Round and Round", was released, it had been announced that the recording assets of the Festival Mushroom group had been acquired by Warner Music. Everything at Warner Music came to a temporary standstill while it slowly slowly adjusted by its new entity. While staff and artists at Festival Mushroom Records started being dropped all around her, Daemion made the agreement to postpone the release of These Ties until "the dust had settled". These Ties was released in Japan on 19 October 2005 and failed to reach the top twenty success that Audio Out received.
In 2005, she performed the lead vocals on The Blips song "Green Eyed World", which was featured on the soundtrack of the 2005 film Hating Alison Ashley. In addition, she released an electroclash cover of the Split Enz song "One Step Ahead" on the Finn Brothers tribute album She Will Have Her Way which was released also in 2005. A few months later, the dust did settle down for Warner Music. These Ties Australian release date had to be pulled back many times so Daemion and Warner Music both agreed that it was no longer her new album and to try to come back where they had left off half way through a release would be impossible. Daemion and Warner Music decided to work on an "in between" project, which was to take Daemion's These Ties song, "Be Your Girl", and form it into an EP of remixed songs from the album. Daemion states that she "wanted to find a fun and positive way to use these songs." She decided to collaborate with some of Australia and New Zealand's hip hop and dance producers, and the 'Bass Kleph' version of the song was released to Australian radio to promote the EP.
2008-present: Current activities
During November 2008, Daemion announced that she had been released from the Warner Records label. She stated "It may sound strange to all you budding artists out there - that I would try for so long to get out of my contract - when you would give anything just to get one..but there are indeed, always two sides to every coin."http
She then set up a home studio is working with her producer brother Romy Handley (who producers under the title Whisper) and states a new album is on the way and due for completion in 2009.http
Awards and nominations
The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).
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