‘Baroque-hop-psych’ | Interview with Ambarian

Combining period baroque instruments with the groovy rhythms and hypnotic soundscapes of psychedelic rock,  Ambarian creates a unique and captivating sound that transports you on a musical journey unlike any other. Trust us. You will not be betrayed. Read our discussion below!

Describe your sound in 3 words


Tell us a few things about Betrayed. What is the story behind it?

This song is part of my upcoming record ‘Ever After’ where each song revolves around one of the five stages of grief. This one is Anger. It’s a dark baroque-pop song with harpsichords, and the lyrics are basically a bleeding diary entry about my worst break up ever. I found out my long time partner was lying to me. Said she was going out shopping but I caught her out at a bar with another guy. Held onto that dead relationship for a year and a half trying to fix it when I should’ve just left. She eventually left during the height of COVID panic in 2020 and it broke me.

Which song would you associate with the theme of betrayal, one you wish you had composed yourself?

It’s a toss up. “Heard It Through the Grapevine” is such a timeless heartbreaker but I’ve always loved the venom of Bob Dylan’s lyrics in “Positively 4th Street”: “I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes,
You’d know what a drag it is to see you”

When did you decide to become a musician yourself?

I’ve always been into creating, painting and drawing since I was little. When I was around 12 or 13, a family friend had a beater guitar piled under heaps of clothes in their closet that they lent me, and I knew a couple months in that this is the life I wanted more than anything. Turns out it’s a lot trickier as an adult who needs to pay rent haha.

Artists and people that have influenced you?

I looooove anything 60s, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Love, etc. I also love 70s giallo horror movie soundtracks by Goblin, own almost every Bob Marley record, and I have a strange obsession with the French house/electro style of Justice and SebastiAn. I think it’s the baroque thing again.

If Johann Sebastian Bach were alive today, what kind of music would he compose?

Incredible artist. Maybe movie soundtracks? His music is so emotive and heart-string tugging that I can’t really imagine he’d be trying to crank out Max Martin style pop nuggets for the charts. I think he’d be something along the lines of a Hans Zimmer maybe.

What isn’t a crime but should be?

Bringing your leftover fish from the airport restaurant on the plane and finishing it there. (I’m looking at you lady from my flight seven years ago)

What does the future hold for you?

I try not to think too hard on that. I have world domination plans like anybody else for sure, but life sometimes has other ideas. I notice when I have expectations of how something will play out I have even greater disappointment. These days I go in with low expectations and usually come out pleasantly surprised. All I know is that I love making music and that will never stop.

Thank you!

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