SUNRAY MAGAZINE has the pleasure to interview the wonderful Yellow Majesty, an audio-visual music project comprised of one man: Amir Haj-Bolouri. Amir, being a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, and lyricist, describes the aura of Yellow Majesty as a ‘disembodied playground’ that bleeds his bleach ego and astute fantasy into another.
Today take his time to give us this interview.
SUNRAY: What made you want to become a musician?
Amir: The energy of creativity and deliberation, I guess. Being able to create something out of sound combined with abstract ideas and motion felt like a natural thing for me. On top of that, I always had a rich imagination. Therefore, music felt like the right medium for facilitating my imagination and ideas.
SUNRAY: Talk us about Yellow Majesty
Amir: Yellow Majesty as I describe it, a ’disembodied playground’ that is projected through my imagination. It is a space where I can go to and pretty much do what I want in terms of being creative and artistic. It is my creation!
SUNRAY: Why did you call yourself “Yellow Majesty”
Amir: The ’Yellow’ symbolizes creativity and the ’Majesty’ is the universal form of art. Together, they form a synthesis of the fantasy world and elements that we human beings can relate to based on our earthly conceptions.
SUNRAY: Which instrument is your favorite to play and why?
Amir: The guitar is my favorite instrument to play because I have always been drawn to the vibrations that it produces. The guitar is unfortunately a quite underrated instrument today due to the fast-rewarding sampling culture musicians consume. But learning to play an instrument is a craft of its own worth pursuing for any kind of musician.
SUNRAY: You play several instruments, Which instrument is your least favorite to play and how do you make sure you play it well?
Amir: I don’t really look at it that way because all instruments are important in order to produce the sonic landscape of Yellow Majesty. I love playing all the instruments.
SUNRAY: What do you like most about playing music?
Amir: It is the closest you can come to creating magic. There aren’t any rules besides the ones you set, unless you are a classical musician or play for orchestra. For me, it is an art, nothing more or less. It is universal and it is a higher form of language which connects people all around the world. We all know this already, but sometimes we tend to forget about it.
SUNRAY: Who’s your ideal musician to collaborate with and why?
Amir: I don’t really have any ideal musicians I want to collaborate with. I am more interested in collaborating with people who create art without necessarily calling themselves musicians. And so far, I have been very fortunate to do so.
SUNRAY: Talking about Collaboration, we know this 17th of September 2021 released your new single and video ‘A Song For the Weak’ a beautiful collaboration with the singer Alli Hart who is based in the USA. Can you talk us more about it?
Amir: Sure thing. First of all, the natural connection which Alli and I have is almost surreal, because we haven’t met each other and yet everything in our collaboration went on so organically and smoothly. From day one we went through the ideas and metaphors behind the song, and then we continued to set the pieces of the track, as well as the music video, from different locations (USA, Sweden). Overall, our collaboration worked extremely well and I am very happy we did this together. As far as the meaning behind the song: it is a message to each and every one of us to stay hopeful in seemingly hopeless times, and to recognize our vulnerability as human beings as a key towards self-realization. We all possess that inner child within us that makes us transcend what external forces such as others opinions, conceptions of you, etc. say. Stay true to yourself and be creative!
SUNRAY: What are your influences?
Amir: My influences are many ranging from pieces of art, music, film, and philosophy. I can’t point to a particular source, but I like art that has substance to me, art that moves you and makes you either hate it or love it.
SUNRAY: What is the best advice you could give to a young ambitious musician who is looking to develop and further his career in this sector?
Amir: Don’t quite your day job! On top of that: learn to play instruments for real, learn how to produce the music on your own, and learn a bit about how the business side of the industry works. Make yourself independent and don’t sign any contracts for record labels 😉
SUNRAY: Do you have any upcoming projects?
Amir: To be continued!
SUNRAY: Tell us where we can find you (social network, websites…)
Amir: You can connect with me on Instagram @yellow.majesty or just google me and you find more information!
SUNRAY MAGAZINE is so grateful with Amir Haj-Bolouri “Yellow Majesty” for this interview. We wish him more success to come.
Interview Maria Fernanda Capici
Special thanks to Bronwen Hirshowitz