Amiel Daemion

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Amiel Daemion
Birth name Amiel Muki Daemion
Also known as Amiel
Born (1979-08-13) 13 August 1979 (age 34)
New York, United States
Origin Melbourne, Australia
Genres Dance, pop
Occupations Actress, singer, songwriter
Instruments Singing
Years active 1998–present
Labels Festival, Warner
Associated acts Puretone
Website www.amiel.com.au

Amiel Muki Daemion (born 13 August 1979 in New York, United States), also known as just Amiel, is an Australian pop singer, songwriter and actress. She moved to Australia with her family at the age of two and starred in films in the 1990s, including The Silver Brumby which also starred Russell Crowe and Caroline Goodall. Her music career shot to fame in 1999 when she teamed up with producer Josh G. Abrahams for the song "Addicted to Bass" which became a top twenty hit in Australia, this led to Daemion releasing studio albums such as Audio Out in 2003 and These Ties in 2005.

Biography[edit]

Childhood music and acting[edit]

Daemion was raised in a musical household, with her parents being musicians.[1] Her father is a musician, composer and vocalist. Daemion states "ever since I was a little girl he [her father] would have musical instruments around. He really encouraged me to do what I'm doing."[1] Her mother is a singer as well, Daemion states "she [her mother] used to play guitar and write songs with her sister. I remember being about four and listening to her Janis Ian records and singing along and learning all the words." Daemion's first three records she bought were John Lennon, De La Soul and Mariah Carey, where she felt that Carey's album was "overproduced".[1] She wrote and recorded her first song at the age of nine in an effort to help spread the message of ecological awareness.[2] Daemion states "I'd seen a documentary. I turned to Dad and said why? and he had no answer for me so I thought if I wrote a song then maybe I could help the cause. I sang it into a tape recorder. Dad heard it and said 'do you realize what you've just done?' I said 'no.' He said: 'Amiel, you've written a song."[1] She was introduced to the world of entertainment at the of age eleven performing the leading role alongside Russell Crowe in the 1991 feature film The Silver Brumby. She states "I always knew that all I wanted to do was perform."[2]

1995–2003: Collaborations with Josh Abrahams and debut album[edit]

Daemion's music career began in 1995 when she was hired to do some backing vocals on a song the Australian producer Josh Abrahams was producing.[2] Instead of just singing the song, she included her harmonies, melodies and lyrics and sung only two takes for Abrahams who then offered her a career in music.[2] They released their first single together called "Addicted to Bass" in 1998. The song had success and peaked in the top twenty on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart[3] and was nominated for two ARIA Awards at the 1999 awards for "Single of the Year" and "Best Video" but lost to "The Day You Come" by Powderfinger and "Girls Like That..." by Custard.[4] With the success of "Addicted to Bass", Daemion was then given a solo recording contract in 1998 at the age of nineteen with Festival Records and decided that Abrahams would be the best producer for her debut album.[2] Daemion was confronted by delays while making the record and refused to be bothered by the record's slow progress, so she used this time to write new songs both in Australia and in the United States where she composed and recorded a song, "Meet Me in the Red Room", for the second Moulin Rouge! soundtrack with Marius De Vries, under the direction of Baz Luhrmann.[2] The new songs Daemion worked with changed the direction of the record and while a couple of the very early songs remained, the songs that were written during this period were replaced by the first demos. Daemion states "As I learnt more about the recording process and worked with different people my writing evolved and my vision for the record expanded."[2] What started out as a small independent record, it turned into a full-scale production and Daemion's record became a major priority for her record company, which had merged to become Festival Mushroom Records since she had been signed.[2]

In 2001, Due to the success of "Addicted to Bass" in Australia and New Zealand, Abrahams and Daemion collaborated to form the band Puretone to release the song around the world. The song became a hit around the globe peaking at number two in the United Kingdom[5] and number-one on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play.[6] Abrahams and Daemion released a second single as Puretone named "Stuck in a Groove" which became a minor hit around the world. They also wrote the music for a Vodafone television commercial that was nominated for "Best Music for an Advertisement" at the 2002 APRA Screen Awards.[citation needed] Daemion released her first single, "Lovesong", in March 2003 and became the most added song to Australian radio upon its release and was one of the most play song on Australian radio for 2003.[2] It became Daemion's first solo top ten single in Australia.[3] Her debut album, Audio Out, was released in Australia on 18 August 2003 and she states it is her weird take on the world.[1] The album debuted in the top twenty on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart and was certified gold by ARIA.[7] Due to the positive reception review and chart wise, Daemion was nominated for five ARIA Awards at the 2003 awards for "Single of the Year" and "Highest Selling Single" for "Lovesong" and "Best Female Artist", "Breakthrough Artist – Album" and "Best Pop Release" for Audio Out.[8]

2004–2007: These Ties, label break-up and Be Your Girl[edit]

During the promotion of Audio Out in 2004 in London, Daemion went out on the search for a new producer and came across Stephen Lironi, an ex-member of the UK band Altered Images.[2] Daemion states that she "felt comfortable with him straight away. I felt like he got what I was trying to do creatively."[2] After a few short months of working with Lironi, Daemion felt that her second solo album, These Ties, was born.[2] Just as the album's first single, "Round and Round", was released, it had been announced that the recording assets of the Festival Mushroom group had been acquired by Warner Music.[2] Everything at Warner Music came to a temporary standstill while it slowly slowly adjusted by its new entity.[2] While staff and artists at Festival Mushroom Records started being dropped all around her, Daemion made the agreement to postpone the release of These Ties until "the dust had settled".[2] These Ties was released in Japan on 19 October 2005 and failed to reach the top twenty success that Audio Out received.

In 2005, she performed the lead vocals on The Blips song "Green Eyed World", which was featured on the soundtrack of the 2005 film Hating Alison Ashley. In addition, she released an electroclash cover of the Split Enz song "One Step Ahead" on the Finn Brothers tribute album She Will Have Her Way which was released also in 2005. A few months later, the dust did settle down for Warner Music. These Ties Australian release date had to be pulled back many times so Daemion and Warner Music both agreed that it was no longer her new album and to try to come back where they had left off halfway through a release would be impossible.[2] Daemion and Warner Music decided to work on an "in between" project, which was to take Daemion's These Ties song, "Be Your Girl", and form it into an EP of remixed songs from the album.[2] Daemion states that she "wanted to find a fun and positive way to use these songs."[2] She decided to collaborate with some of Australia and New Zealand's hip hop and dance producers, and the 'Bass Kleph' version of the song was released to Australian radio to promote the EP.[2]

2008–present: Current activities[edit]

During November 2008, Daemion announced that she had been released from the Warner Records label. She stated "It may sound strange to all you budding artists out there – that I would try for so long to get out of my contract – when you would give anything just to get one..but there are indeed, always two sides to every coin."[9]

She then set up a home studio is working with her producer brother Romy Handley (who produces under the title Whisper) and states a new album is on the way and due for completion in 2009.[10]

Discography[edit]

For a listing of her releases with Puretone, see Puretone.

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart peak positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
AUS
[3]
GER JPN
2003 Audio Out
  • First studio album
  • Released: 18 August 2003
  • Label: Festival
17 20
2005 These Ties
  • Second studio album
  • Released: 19 October 2005
  • Label: Sony Japan
141

EPs[edit]

Year Album
2006 Be Your Girl
  • Released: 4 November 2006
  • Label: Warner

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Album
AUS
[3]
GER NZ
[11]
1998 "Addicted to Bass"
(with Josh Abrahams)
15 27 Sweet Distorted Holiday
1999 "Headroom"
(with Josh Abrahams)
"The Chase" 96 Single-only
2003 "Lovesong" 6 75 Audio Out
"Obsession (I Love You)" 15
"Tonight" 64
2005 "Round and Round" 64 These Ties
2006 "Be Your Girl" 76 Be Your Girl EP

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 The Silver Brumby Indi Mitchell
1997 Raw FM Emma Starred in one episode of the TV series.
1998 Meteorites! Crystal Cassidy

Awards and nominations[edit]

APRA Awards[edit]

The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).[12]

Year Recipient Award Result
2004 "Lovesong" – Amiel – Amiel Daemion Most Performed Australian Work[13] Won
"Tonight" – Amiel – Amiel Daemion, Barry Palmer, Stuart Crichton Most Performed Dance Work[14] Nominated

ARIA Awards[edit]

Year Award[4][8] Work Result
1999 Best Video "Addicted to Bass" Nominated
Single of the Year Nominated
2003 Best Pop Release Audio Out Nominated
Breakthrough Artist – Album Nominated
Best Female Artist Nominated
Highest Selling Single "Lovesong" Nominated
Single of the Year Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Biography by Australian Music Online". Australian Music Online. Retrieved 5 July 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Amiel Biography from her official website". amiel.com.au. Retrieved 3 July 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d "Amiel – Australian Chart Runs". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
  4. ^ a b "1999: 13th Annual ARIA Awards". ARIA Awards. Retrieved 3 July 2008.
  5. ^ "Puretone Addicted to Base – UK Chart Run". chartstats.com. Retrieved 5 July 2008.
  6. ^ "Addicted to Base – Hot Dance Club Play". Billboard. Retrieved 5 July 2008.
  7. ^ a b "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2004 Albums". ARIA. Retrieved 7 July 2008.
  8. ^ a b "Amiel ARIA Award History". ARIA Awards. Retrieved 7 July 2008.
  9. ^ http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.ListAll&friendID=28939024
  10. ^ http://www.myspace.com/amieldaemion
  11. ^ "Josh Abrahams and Amiel Daemion – New Zealand Chart Runs". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved 24 June 2008.
  12. ^ "APRA History". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 20 September 2010. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  13. ^ "2004 Winners – APRA Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  14. ^ "Nominations 2004". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 2 September 2010. 

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