Meriem Ben Amor

World Music Singer/Songwriter

Meriem Ben Amor on SoundBetter

I'm a female polyglot songwriter and vocalist. I sing in English, French, Spanish and Arabic. I released 1 album, 1 remix EP and 2 singles last year collaborating with a two time Grammy nominee producer. I can turn a simple beat into a unique haunting track (melody, lyrics & vocals).

Biography:

Meriem Ben Amor is a Tunisian-Canadian Singer: A unique voice with "Warm and Ethereal" tone that blends the richness of the eastern ornaments to the softness and clarity of the western music. Meriem is a pluri-disciplinary musician: she sings, plays string instruments and percussion. She’s is a polyglot artist who speaks and sings in Arabic, French, Spanish and English. Her exposure to many cultural influences allowed her to sing in other languages like Romani, Ladino, Azeri, Farsi and Romanian.

At a very young age, Meriem grew up joining her father's soulful Sufi chanting, she learned the violin when she was 12, classical guitar when she was 17 and spent the past decade studying and playing the piano. In Tunisia, Meriem studied the Arabic Maqam and the Tunisian Malouf while finishing her bachelor degree in electronic engineering.

After moving to Canada, she deepened her knowledge in Classical Music Theory and took several composition master classes and advanced workshops.

She performs with "The Roma Jazz Ensemble": A World Music ensemble based in Vancouver led by the violin virtuoso Lache Cercel.

In 2019, Meriem met with the two-time Grammy nominee DJ and member of the NARAS "Carmen Rizzo" and started a very special partnership that led to her debut album "Once Upon a Time".

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Languages

  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish

Interview with Meriem Ben Amor

  1. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  2. A: I'm working on a new album, a collaboration with a two-time Grammy nominee Producer/Sound Designer/Dj, it's our third album together. We submitted our first album to the Grammy Awards, the Global Music category, and we got some encouraging feedback so we are planning on submitting this third album end of 2022. My role in this project is Lead singer and Songwriter. I have another project on the side where I release my own production under a different name. I'm not mainly a producer but I'm getting better at production thanks to the courses I'm taking at Berklee but still not as good as the producers I work with as a singer so I'm releasing my own production separately.

  3. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  4. A: My first single "La Rosa Enflorece" got great feedback from radios and well known world music artists. It also got me connections with producers that I dreamed of working with and couple offers to work on movies soundtracks. I'm proud also of a little cover that I did for a North African song " I Cease to Sigh", a very simple production of Vocals and Piano that got 300K views on YouTube.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Yes I do know but not that I can recommend.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Always Digital. I don't feel analog speaks to my generation in general. I'm all about less is more, minimalist tools, get things done anywhere and in a short period of time. Overly expensive, heavy gear and recording in big studios add more restrictions than advantages to my workflow.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: 100% Satisfaction or No charge.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: Creating original compositions and meeting artists with more experience than my self that help me grow.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: 90% of my customers start by "I'm working on an EDM track and I want you to do a middle eastern improv to spice it up." My answer is "With pleasure" if I can provide anything that helps an artist close the loop on a project and release it, I'm all in.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: This is a fun question to answer. A huge misconception about me as an artist is that my music is all Middle Eastern percussion and that I burly speak English. When the truth is that I listened to way more Heavy Metal records in my life than Middle Eastern Music and that my English have some imperfections not because I'm from North Africa but because I speak 5 languages.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: 1st question is always; what's the deadline! I'm all about meticulous, organized work, getting paid just fairly and provide the best quality in the best time frame.

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: I was lucky to have learned these recommendations from pretty advanced artists and Berklee Teachers who have multiple Grammy Awards in their credits so I can share some of this knowledge with my customers. As an example I will highly advise to know everything about your creation: Key, BPM, Recording Information (Sample Rate, Bit Depth), Multiple Reference tracks with similar sounds/style, what are the elements you can't scarify in your project, what are the elements you wish to improve or replace in your project, improve your vocabulary about the things you love most (sounds, effects, mixing techniques...) and most importantly keep an open mind sometimes what serves your creation is not necessary what you have in mind . Guessing and vague thoughts will never work in your project's favor but being precise and specific will help you get closer to what you are looking for from your collaborators.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: Laptop, Push 2, a Small basic midi keyboard, good headphones and my mic. This is my favorite setup without the desert island trip. Minimalism boosts my creativity and helps me stay focused. When everything fits in my backpack I can be productive anywhere.

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: Conservatory education since childhood than live performances locally and internationally and currently enrolled in Master's Degree in Electronic Music Production & Sound Design in Berklee College of Music.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: North African or Middle Eastern Electronica

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Dj Snake, because it's the closest style to what I like to do: Electronic Music with world music influence.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Write a same melody in an usual mode and it will get interesting and edgy before even starting the production phase. There is much more in music than just Major and Minor keys.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Electronic Music with some world/ethnic music flavors

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Singing & Writing Melodies

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: Lyrics, Melodies, Singing (Vocal Recordings & Vocal Production)

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: Songwriting with Ableton11 in session view, gathering motifs, building melodies and writing lyrics simultaneously. After finalizing the songwriting phase I focus on the vocal recordings and the vocal production.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: Two Laptops, a powerful gaming laptop (Alienware), a Mac, Ableton11, Logic ProX, Protools, Push2, couple mics, couple monitors, a basic midi keyboard.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Carmen Rizzo and Prince Charles Alexandre inspire me every day. They have a huge impact on my practice because I know them well and I know the great artist behind the artwork.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: Artists who are working on an EDM track or a beat and who need a vocal improv or vocal samples to spice up their compositions.

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