Most electronic music acts make the decision to perform their music live only after their recordings sell enough copies to warrant a tour. For these artists, live performance is more an afterthought than a priority. Ambr.Sea, however, places as much emphasis on live performance as it does on recording.
"Our initial goal was to put an album out, but at the same time we focused on our live show," says Ambr.Sea's Lorenzo Ciacci. "We wanted to be a powerful live force and get out and entertain people. We like to put new songs into our set as soon as we can to see how a crowd responds to it. That can influence how we eventually record the song."
The Los Angeles-based band's style falls somewhere between progressive house, breakbeat, and ambient, and is similar to the kind of music BT plays. The three musicians who comprise Ambr.Sea boast impressive backgrounds. Previously, Ciacci played drums for several West Coast bands; vocalist Roxanne Morganstern fronted Electric Skychurch; and Ryeland Allison worked on film scores for Hans Zimmer's Media Ventures, produced the popular Distorted Reality sample CD, and developed sounds for Roland. The band's experience shows in its exquisitely produced recordings, such as the single "Who You Were"/"Sacred Secret," but it retains the freshness and enthusiasm of a band just starting to jell.
"This is the first band I've ever been in that never seems to run out of momentum," says Allison. "That's because our chemistry is perfect. We combine big beats and a powerful voice with film score-style ambience."
"We're a bit of an anomaly," says Ciacci. "But a lot of our inspiration comes from similar acts, like Hybrid, BT, and Underworld."
Although it makes very ambitious recorded productions, when playing live Ambr.Sea tries to perform as many parts of its songs as possible. "We don't want to just stand on stage and have things play back," says Allison. "I'm triggering samples, manipulating sounds with a Dimension Beam, or playing pads on my Roland XV-5080, while Lorenzo is controlling all kinds of things with his Roland V-Drums. Roxanne has an awesome presence, so she really draws the audience's attention, and Lorenzo and I will jump around behind her, tweaking sounds and having a laugh. People really respond well to the fact that we're actually playing instruments live."
Ambr.Sea has played several gigs in high-profile venues, such as Los Angeles's Viper Room and at this year's Winter Music Conference in Miami. The group plans on playing shows in the western United States and Europe during the next few months, as well as finally releasing its full-length debut album.
For more information, contact Ambr.Sea; e-mail ambrsea@ ambrsea.com; Web www.ambrsea.com.