Johanna Amelie | 5 Songs That Have Influenced Me And My Music

Fitting seamlessly between Julia Holter, Regina Spektor and Sharon Van Etten, the much underrated singer-songwriter from Berlin looks destined for bigger things with her new mood-piece EP Moon due this October. We adore the emotional weight of her vocals and haunting compositions.

Here Johanna explains five key tracks that have influenced her over the years...

Regina Spektor – Samson

When I was 17 years old, I learned this song on the piano and fell in love with Regina Spektor’s art. She’s a great inspiration for me and her songs have been the soundtrack to a special time of my life.

Joni Mitchell – Song about the Midway

Listening to Joni’s songs feels like hanging out with good friends to me. I love her melodies and poetry. This rather unknown song is one of my favourite ones by her.

Tune Yards – Bizness

This song inspires me. I adore the cool percussion arrangements and amazing singing parts. There’s so much joy in all Tune Yards songs.

Wye Oak – Civilian

Jenn Wasner is such a cool guitarist. I love her voice and the way she’s performing her songs. I’ve listened to ‘Civilian’ a lot when I was producing my very first record.

PJ Harvey – Community of Hope

PJ Harvey is one of my favourite artists. I think this song here is very smart and interesting. I appreciate PJ for writing original, uncomplicated, meaningful, hypnotizing songs with strong lyrics at all times in her career. She always keeps her strong vision and integrity as an artist. 

By Johanna Amelie for FM