We were really lucky to get the chance to have a chat with Vita Chambers who has been tipped as the next big thing in the UK. Having toured with Justin Bieber in her native Canada, Vita Chambers is set to bring her North American success to UK shores with new double a-side ‘Fix You’/‘What If?’ At only 20 years old, Vita Chambers has already won over the hearts of her home nation in Canada and has a musical career to be admired, She was signed at 16 by Universal after contacting them on Myspace and at 17 years old, Chambers was thrown into the limelight when she was asked to open for Justin Bieber on his “My World” tour
When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I’ve had a love affair with music for my whole life, but I took it seriously at 11 when i first started vocal lessons. Growing up I was fascinated by Queen, Cher and Tina Turner.
Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
So many artists inspired me. My father was feeding my Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Queen, and my Mum constantly played Tina Tuner, Elvis Presley, Black Box. All of those influences have definitely moulded me into the artist I am and still do.
How long have you been playing/writing?
I always wrote but “Fix You” was the first song I wrote on and officially released.
How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I’m always performing and if I’m in your area I would love to meet you. You can find all of my tour dates on my website www.vitachambers.com
What has been your favourite moment in music?
Headlining my own tour.
Where is the best place to find you on-line?
Be apart of my journey on Instagram and Twitter. See you there 🙂 @vitachambers
1 – When did you first get into music? What or who Inspired you?
I began piano lessons at the age of 4. My earliest memories were being perched up on telephone books so that I could reach the piano and crying in complete sadness and self-disappointment because I had accidentally hit two notes at the same time instead of one. The perfectionist from birth!
My piano teacher Nadia Burgess was a great inspiration. Her support and passion instilled in me a sense of the infinite humanity in loving music and playing the piano.
2 – Who did you grow up listening to, and does that impact on what you create now?
I grew up playing and studying classical music which has been the main influence on the music I write. The shapes of Chopin, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov and the divine order of Bach. Miriam Hyde was a great influence and I was lucky enough to have a few masterclasses with her before she passed away. I wrote my first piano sonata at about 7 years old inspired by the sounds of my car. It later went on to win the San Francisco Young Composers competition. I discovered Michael Nyman when I was about 15 and loved the shapes of his compositions…they still influence me to this day.
3 – How long have you been playing/writing?
I have been playing the piano since I was almost 4 and writing since I was 7. I began composing seriously at around 15 mainly contemporary classical pieces. For my final composition examination I wrote an experimental piece based on a tone row for Clarinet and piano that ended up taking out first place in the state resulting in a performance at the Sydney Opera House which was a wonderful experience. I had studied classical singing for years but I started writing actual songs with words when I was 18 and then began writing for other bands and pop groups. At 23 I started writing my debut album. I was haunted daily by a particular sound, a fusion of circus, yann tierson like piano lines and dissonant melodies, a certain chaotic madness that I knew I needed to explore. And so I challenged myself to write what later became “The History of Things to Come”
4 – How often do you play live (include details and links for any upcoming gigs)?
I am currently based in Phnom Penh in Cambodia and play often in Phnom Penh with Tara Mar and Michelle Bowen as a classical trio. Cello, Bassoon and piano. I am lucky enough to play with the only bassoonist in Cambodia which is very special. Rehearsing and playing with these 2 passionate women has been invigorating and immersive. I will be playing in Saigon and Bangkok soon. You can get updates at my facebook here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amanda-Bloom/8925494214
5 – What has been your favourite moment in music?
Recording with members of the Amman Symphony Orchestra in Jordan was a really inspiring experience..playing for Palestinian children in a hospital in Nablus is a fond memory. Playing for 40,000 people for MTV Exit stadium gig to fight human trafficking was exhilarating, playing in a tuk-tuk with Conrad Keely from “And You Will know us by the Trail of Dead” in the streets of Phnom Penh was fun, Seeing 200 Khmer women singing in unison a song I had written for an NGO to empower Cambodian women was really special..but really, every time I write something that is spontaneous and a natural expression of myself I am elated. Something that captures the infinite mystery of the human experience and immortalizes my inner world. It is the most intimate private moments , just me and a piano at home, that have shaped my heart, the way I feel and ultimately, my life.