Growing up in the Netherlands, discovering country music was no easy feat for Sylvia Aimee. Aimee admits to not even knowing what country music was until hearing Taylor Swift’s Love Story for the first time. From that moment Aimee was hooked on country and began searching for more and more of the genre’s women. Now, Aimee is set to make her own mark on the genre, finding her unique voice as an artist Aimee is set to make splash overseas.
Recently, we had the chance to chat with Aimee about her musical journey, style, new single Dim Your Light, and more!
Worlds of Country: When did you know that you wanted to pursue music?
Sylvia: I guess it’s not really a choice I made, but just something I was naturally drawn to. I had always loved singing, performing and making up stories, but I didn’t really know in what shape or form I wanted to pursue this until I found a role model in Taylor Swift. She was the girl next door who was young, wrote her own songs and played the guitar in a seemingly simple way. “That could be me” I thought. And so my journey to become a country artist / singer-songwriter really began. I was 12 years old back then.
Worlds of Country: Once you knew, what was your first step towards making this dream a reality?
Sylvia: My dad used to play the guitar when he was younger, so we had a guitar in the attic. I dusted it off and started learning how to play the guitar by playing all Taylor Swift songs. At the same time I started writing my first (very bad) songs. I wrote and played every single day and as soon as I had written a couple of original songs I started playing open mics and local talent shows with my guitar. After a while I started to win some which was just fuel to my fire.
Worlds of Country: Growing up in Europe how did you discover your country music?
Sylvia: Again my answer is “Taylor Swift”. I live in The Netherlands and country music isn’t a popular genre here. I probably thought country music had something to do with line dancing. One day I heard “Love Story” on the radio. It caught my attention and I started doing some research on Taylor Swift. I found out her music was categorized as “country”, so I started looking for similar music online and discovered this whole new genre “country music”. I fell in love with the storytelling and realness of country music.
Worlds of Country: How would you describe your musical style?
Sylvia: I would say it’s country pop productions with singer-songwriter lyrics and themes. What I mean by that is that most country pop songs are about romantic relationships, whereas I tend to write more about introspective themes, like mental health, purpose, insecurities, etc.
Worlds of Country: Who would you say most influenced this style of music?
Sylvia: Surprise, surprise, Taylor Swift 😉 She definitely influenced my melodies and the way I produce and structure my songs. But also other big names in the country music scene, like Kacey Musgraves, Carly Pearce, Kelsea Ballerini, Maren Morris, Lady A etc. And I guess my introspective writing really just came from me and my therapist. I am an introverted and self-conscious person, so I spend a lot of time inside my head reflecting. I find it difficult and scary to talk about these things, so I put it into songs and share it with the world.
Worlds Of Country: What’s the story behind your new single, Dim Your Light?
Sylvia: I wrote “Dim Your Light” in Nashville, after a conversation with someone about “the saddest things in life”. My answer to this question was how we start out all innocent, hopeful and full of big dreams when we are kids. But then we grow up, get scarred and build walls around our hearts and we can never really go back to that joyful childish simpleness. And I think that’s really sad. So I wrote this song “Dim Your Light” about looking back at the little girl in me and telling her “Don’t let this world dim your light”.
Worlds of Country: What’s next for you?
Sylvia: “Dim Your Light” is the third single of my second EP, which I will soon finish in the studio and then hopefully release later this year. I am also planning on going back to Nashville this year to play some shows and do some writing. I have no idea where it will all lead me eventually, but I just want to continue writing, recording and releasing honest and vulnerable songs and make some friends along the way.
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