Ámaris Wen (* in Stans, Switzerland) is a recording artist, music producer, actor, and songwriter. Her most recent single “Time Traveler” was released in 2021. She writes under the name A. W. Emersleben.
Ámaris grew up in Central Switzerland as the daughter of a teacher and Swiss musician Kurt Baumann, who also worked as a professor for music, which made her come in touch with music from an early age. Her family is from the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, and England, which is why she grew up with English, German, and Dutch. After her parents’ divorce, she moved to Zurich where she attended school.
Ámaris received her formal training at drama school in Zurich, with Isabel Kempinski in singing, and later at the Stage & Musical School in Frankfurt, Germany, where she started to listen to electronic music for her dance studies, which made her discover the genre for herself. Being new to subjects such as Ballet, Jazz Dance, and Modern Dance, Ámaris needed to train in the evenings in her free time to achieve the levels of the other students, with which her new-found passion for electronic music helped. She then started the dance floor project “Geiko– female electronic dance music”, the first album of which was released in 2014. Although she had already released music earlier, this was her first official album.
After returning from Germany to Zurich for a while to complete a degree in Business Law and to work as a playlist manager for major record labels, she later moved to London where she started working on her first more R&B and synthpop-influenced album “Neon Colours”, which was well-received by critics. Her single “Unsigned” received 5k streams on SoundCloud. In 2018, she released “Aquamarine”, a full-length album inspired by the oceans. This was followed by “26”, a brooding and thoughtful album, in 2019.
In 2020, Ámaris released her most recent album “Dream World”, which became her most successful release so far, with the song “Dream World” receiving 100k streams on Spotify alone. Dancing about Architecture said about the album that it’s “a wonderful blend of soul and R&B structures, draped in dream-pop textures and far-flung futuristic electronica.”
For the release, Ámaris worked on a few remotely filmed music videos, such as “No Signal” filmed in London and Zurich, “Sunsets”, which was filmed in London and Los Angeles, as well as “Dream World” filmed in Sydney and Zurich, which was released in 2022. Earlier last year in 2021, her retro-futurism inspired single “Time Traveler” was released, which was called “a synthpop sensation” by The Indie Source.
As one of few female music producers, Ámaris’ skills in combining genres such as electronica, R&B, and pop have defined her music as being genre-defying. “Creativity is my fuel,” says Ámaris, “I can rely on it. I’d say that this is probably my actual skill.”
Outlets such as youredm.com have said about her music that “her vocals are definitely in the R&B and neo soul wheelhouse, but the unconventional structure really takes them somewhere else, closer to EDM or ambient electronica.”
Ámaris is very vocal on the protection of the oceans, and is an ambassador for the non-profit organization Big Blue Ocean Clean-up, which works to reduce plastic waste in the oceans. Her fantasy story ‘Lagoona: A Journey through the Reef’, published in 2022, raises awareness for the disappearing coral reefs and ocean pollution.