This week we chat with the vocal goddess that is Aimie Atkinson. Aimie is a part of glitzy girl-group Goldstone who recently won the Voice of Astana competition; she is also starring in the new concert musical Six, all about the wives of Henry VIII. The show is taking the country by storm and will be heading to London in August/September. It’s all go for Aimie, so vocal health and maintaining her voice is very important. Keep reading to find out her tips, tricks and vocal stories…
What has your vocal journey been? (eg. have you always been a singer, were you in a choir as a child, have you changed voice type over time?)
My dad was in a rock band so I grew up singing along to all the legendary rock singers. My dad would teach me harmonies and we would sing together. When I was old enough I went to an am-dram group in my hometown in Stevenage and that’s when my passion for theatre began.
You’re part of Goldstone and are starring in the concert musical Six, so you’re used to both theatre and concert styles of singing. Do you find you have to adapt your voice for the two or does switching come naturally?
For me, both theatre and concerts are quite similar. However, the sound tech is slightly different – with Goldstone we have in-ears which really helps with hearing your own voice and the other girls’ harmonies. In theatre, it’’s usually onstage monitoring which is slightly trickier to hear the blend of voices but more authentic which works for the stage. On Six the Musical, because it’s a theatre piece but in the style of a concert, we use in-ears. The show is very hard vocally so to have this is a godsend and is really saving our voices over the tour schedule.
Six is a new musical which people are loving; it must be really exciting being part of creating a brand new show. What’s the journey been like so far? Have you had a lot of input on what works for you vocally throughout the process?
Being a part of a new musical is an absolute dream come true. For me, it’s just so exciting to create a role and to have input into something new. We’ve definitely had input when it comes to character and what works vocally for us. Katherine Howard is based partly on Ariana Grande so she definitely influenced my vocal choices and mannerisms. However, the song I sing in the show is pure storytelling so for me that always comes first before the vocal sound.
Vocal health is obviously so important but do you have any coping techniques for the mental side of performing such as when you lose your voice or feel unmotivated? You’re going to lose your voice! That will happen it’s inevitable- we are not machines and a theatre schedule is incredible tough and for me I try not to be harsh on myself. As long as I’ve told the story truthfully who cares if a few notes are not quite perfection.
What is your pre-show warm up like?My pre show warm up is low about warming up my body- I believe if your body is warm then you are in the right physical condition to sing. I do a short concise vocal warm up. Nothing too intense as I find so many warm ups tire you out before you’ve even started the show.
I also warm up my neck/ jaw and tongue which really helps me to keep relaxed when doing tough Goldstone sets.
Who would your dream duet partner be?My dream duet partner would be my fellow Six Queen Natalie May Paris. Her voice is divine! You must come see the show to believe it! She’s a star.
What’s your top piece of advice for aspiring performers in terms of finding and maintaining your voice?My biggest piece of advice would be to just enjoy singing, when you’ve been in the industry for a while sometimes people can take for granted what an incredible life we lead. Really enjoy what you do and that will shine through in your voice.
Thank you so much Aimie for chatting about all things singing! Be sure to catch Six either on tour, in Edinburgh or in London. More information about the show can be found here.
Interview by Editor, Olivia Mitchell