Moving beats and exhilarating harmonies
Classically trained musicians with a passion for the arts running through their veins from an early age, Dutch producers Lukas Amer and Sjoerd Huissoon fortuitously met one another at the Conservatory of Rotterdam, University of Arts in 2017. After working separately on a number of diverse musical projects for many years, they quickly discovered they shared a passion for similar electronic music, which led to the formation of Amy Root — an artist project established in 2018 characterised by a collective enthusiasm for emotive beats, exhilarating harmonies and diverse global influences.
With an impressive performance set up featuring numerous hardware synths and additional live instruments, Amy Root debuted their sensational live show with two very special gigs at Amsterdam Dance Event in October 2018. Performing to a packed out Melkweg and a sun-drenched Into The Woods Festival before they’d released even a single record, these two shows proved to be the perfect introduction to their inaugural EP ‘Lynn’, which was released just a few weeks later via Reflektor Records.
Signing to Earth Agency shortly afterwards, following a wave of international acclaim off the back of their debut EP, the year that followed proved to be nothing short of monumental for Lukas and Sjoerd. From live performances on Dutch national radio, a slew of gigs on some of the most credible festival stages in The Netherlands, to supporting Maribou State at two sold out shows in Amsterdam and Brussels – Amy Root had well and truly arrived.
First class university degrees and official remixes for the likes of Klangstof and hidden gem Nana Adjoa naturally ensued, before the dynamic duo announced their sophomore package ‘Elif’ – an exquisite two-part extended player of intense melancholic euphoria, twisted harmonies and organic, ambient textures. It is arguably their finest work to date.
Influenced by everything from Radiohead, Joni Mitchell and Moderat to Fela Kuti, Paul Simon and Elbow as youngsters, the Amy Root catalogue also draws inspiration from the likes of Jon Hopkins, Bonobo and Jamie XX, exploring multiple world music cultures within a familiar, yet exciting framework. From Japanese drums, Bulgarian choral music, South African percussion and more, the enigmatic pair brings their sound to an exciting and surprising new way of experiencing dance music, with colourful yet moody undertones running throughout. If the first twelve months are anything to go by, these boys have quite the career ahead of them.