Evanescence vocalist and frontwoman Amy Lee talked about her band’s rapid success in 2003 and the problems it brought about for the young musicians.
An American rock band, Evanescence was founded in 1995 in Arkansas by its frontwoman Amy Lee and then-guitarist Ben Moody. All the fame Evanescence got during the period of its rise apparently was not that good for the band’s members.
Amy Lee talked about the problems fame brought about, also mentioning how good it was for people their age to accomplish that much. Amy Lee also said she was inspired by classical and grunge music, but the idea of combining them with hard metal music was “so embarrassing” in the end. Amy Lee has also recently appeared in an interview in which she talked about Billie Eilish. Here’s what Amy Lee had to say in an interview with Alternative Press.
Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee talked about the unexpected success of the band
She said it all happened too fast, and the dreams were coming true.
“When things first blew up for us, ‘Bring Me to Life’ and our album coming out, kind of this simultaneous moment that really did blow up in a way that was beyond what I honestly expected.
You know, you dream as a kid, and you imagine what it could be and all that you’re working towards – back then it was about MTV – you actually turn on MTV and see yourself in a real music video or turn on the radio in your car and hear your song.
And it’s really happening, and all of a sudden we’re going to award shows and stuff. It happened really fast in 2003.”
Amy Lee also talked about the downsides of it for a 22-year-old
With great power comes great responsibility, which is proved yet again by Evanescence’s frontwoman’s story.
“And not that it happened really fast like we were nothing and then we were there, but that was fast, which is what you want, for sure, but I was 21-22, it was a lot to handle. It was an amazing thing to have, it was like our dream was coming true.
At the same time, it was a difficult time for a lot of reasons. There was definitely turmoil within the band, and my brother was sick at home, and I was gone all the time.”
Amy Lee found it hard to act as if everything was fine
Amy Lee also talked about how she had to act as if everything was in order while she thought everything was falling apart.
“There was a lot for me during that first year that was actually really difficult, and I learned how hard it can be to fake it, to put on a face because you really do care and you really are grateful and you really want to be where you are, but you can’t be completely honest about how you feel.
I was talking to journalists and people backstage at shows, and radio stations all the time every day and having to go through emotions and act like everything was great, like, ‘Please buy into this, believe in us, everything’s great!’
But inside, I’m thinking like, ‘I don’t know actually, it might all be falling apart.'”