Singer, writer,composer, producer and performer Amique recalls recording his first song 'Magnolia Park' when he was 16, a funky RnB collaboration with a mentor. He really began writing and singing at a much younger age (7yrs), a few years later he picked up a keyboard for the sake of composition and by 16 had taught himself a few chords on guitar, as well as learning a little bass.
Joining the widely respected contemporary choir Sense of Sound was certainly a major education for the young vocalist, it was a great opportunity to enhance his sense of harmony and improve his voice, gaining several crucial mentors in the process.
Amique cites his parents music collection as being influential to his music, along with Prince, Miles Davis, Joni Mitchell, Bilal, Erykah Badu. Inspiration was also sought from artist Salvador Dali and dancer Carlos Acosta. At the age 13 a copy of Prince's Musicology represented 'a turning point in my attitude to music making and it inspired me to take my craft seriously'
When he's not making music, you can catch Amique performing around the city, particularly at Soul4Soul- a monthly music event held at the Prestigious Parr Street. Last year he featured alongside artists including Grammy award winning Saxophonist Kirk Whalum, John Stoddart and Jazz Collective, Snarky Puppy. He also wrote and produced a musical for the International Slavery Museum(Liverpool) entitled 'A Reflection of Time on Two Crosses', an ode to Bayard Rustin the American civil rights activist.
In support of his debut EP, 'Conception', Amique has been featured on the Dave Monks Show (BBC Introducing), The Upfront Show (BBC Radio Merseyside) and Liverpool Music Magazine, Bido Lito. He is touring the UK over the summer and also preparing material for the next EP.
Amique hopes his music will uplift and inspire others to take this art to higher spheres. He believes music is potentially a divine tool that can be used for positive change in society.