Today we have a very exciting interview, we are talking to Emma who is just about to release her debut single called 90s Playlist . It is a track that was inspired by friendships and those closer to her. It’s always exciting to talk to brand new musicians on the scene and I couldn’t wait to find out more about Emma.
Hello Emma tell us three unknown facts about yourself?
I’m a Choir Leader, I love rescue animals (especially my two cats!) and I’m a Bookaholic!
How did you get into music?
I’ve always been singing away! My mum noticed how much I loved it from such a young age and I started singing lessons and attending East Sussex School of Performing Arts from the age of 7! It’s always been about Music for me!
How do you find your inspirations?
I take a lot of my inspirations with my song writing lyrically from my own personal experiences in life. Musically, my own music is often an amalgamation of all the music I listen to, which is pretty vast!
Tell us all about your debut single!
It’s called 90s Playlist. It revolved around two friends and my relationship with one of them through the years. The main memory that I sing about in the chorus is our road trip when we went on holiday, and we listened to 90s music all the way, singing out and laughing and just having a fab time together! I really cherish my friends and felt inspired to write about them!
How long did it take to write the song?
Literally only about an hour or two? I wrote it six years ago, and I wrote my next single on the exact same day, so it was a pretty worthwhile day in the end haha!
Where does the inspiration for the song come from?
From my friends. I’ve have always been really interested in the idea of unconditional love. I think writing about relationships that you have over many years with family and friends (that become like family) are so much more interesting and layered and important than writing about sex and lust and romance. They are absolutely my priority, even my partner was a really good friend before things became romantic. I think there’s something so precious about friends and family, that we can so often take for granted. So I feel compelled to write about it.
Tell us about how you have been making music in lockdown?
Well, it all actually started because of lockdown. I’m a musician and have been for many years, and I have over 18 of my own songs that I’ve been writing from the age of 13. But, I have always had the fear of putting my own thoughts and words out into the world. It’s terrifying and I think I’m still a bit scared haha! But, my partner and friends are musicians too and in July 2020 I finally released a song called In Time under the name ‘Em’. All very much a logic project with my muso friends over email etc… and I then released a further two songs when Mark from Blinding Talent noticed me and my music. Since then things have stepped up to a more professional standard and I am loving every second of it! So, actually if it wasn’t for lockdown I would never have found the time or made myself have the guts to give it a go! So far, it’s totally paid off!
Did it surprise you the reactions that you have been receiving for your music?
I think certainly the streams I’ve had over just a few days has been a really nice surprise, definitely! I’m not at Adele numbers (I mean, who is?! Haha!) but for me and for where I am at with my music right now, I’m totally chuffed!
What’s been the biggest compliment you have received so far?
To be honest, the fact that I’ve not had any negativity from anyone so far is probably the biggest compliment overall haha!! I’ve jinxed it now, haven’t I?!Lots of people have really loved that my song is about friendship, and that’s super nice to see.
What is the most challenging thing when it comes to producing a record?
I think just from the very first moment you go to work with a producer or other people, there’s the fear of letting your songs be trusted in other people’s hands. It’s knowing that you are giving you most vulnerable part of yourself to someone else, in a sense. But once I got past that moment, I’ve genuinely enjoyed the whole experience, and I’ve found all the different aspects to producing a song in a professional environment so interesting! There’s so much more to it than you may think.
Tell us about some of your music inspirations? I love so much music!
Songwriters like Paul Simon, Country artists like Sheryl Crow and Shania Twain. 90’s Artists like Alanis Morrissette and Natalie Imbruglia, Current artists like Sigrid and Katy Perry and everything in between! I love Musical Theatre, Pop, Rock, brand new stuff, emerging artists, classic bands and singers! Having trained in classical music and musical theatre I have a real understanding of music theory and I really appreciate a harmony or two! I live and breath music!
How do you warm up for a show?
I love a good steam! I don’t have a fancy steamer like some singers, I’m a boiling water in a pot, head over pot, towel over head kinda girl! Great for hydrating the vocal folds.I make sure I’m well hydrated and have sung at some point in the day. My voice is quite strong, I rarely get unwell as I sing everyday for teaching so I’m generally quite quick with warming myself up. And adrenaline is always a wonderful thing to get your energy up and ready for a good performance!
Also let’s talk tour – will there be live shows coming next year?
Well… who knows?! Haha! I’d love to do some kind of festival work or summer shows but at the moment I’ve just got to let the world decide if that’s going to happen. Live performance is where I’m at my most comfortable, it’s a time for me to truly connect with an audience. I’ve really missed it over this time, it’s all been teaching and singing through a screen and it’s been tough for musicians, it’s been tough for everyone!When I’m ready to, a mini UK tour in local pubs and music venues would be an absolute dream!
How have you been keeping creative during lockdown?
Well, I teach and sing Monday-Thursday for my job- so yeah that’s kept me busy haha! I love to read so my imagination has absolutely been running wild with the places I’ve gone to in so many different books! And I’ve kept writing songs, so I’ve been keeping really creative!
Has it led to lots more songs?
At least three more, yes. I can go weeks without feeling motivated and then I’ll pick up my guitar or go to my piano and a whole song with just fall out of me haha! And that’s happened a few times, yes.
Our site also is about improv – in a music sense, what have been some of your favorite improvised melodies that you have created and been able to use in songs and why?
Well, I love an ‘Ooh’ or a ‘N-n-n-no’ or a random ad lib at the end of a song! For me I’m constantly making up harmonies; on my own songs, listening to the radio, when I’m having a rave in my room haha! I’m all about a third!
What are your plans for 2021?
A release every month for a few months, and then we’ll see what the situation is with live gigs, hopefully a few if safe to do so! And then I’ll see where it all takes me…
And finally why should people check out your music?
Because it’s honest, pure, easy listening. It’s got a meaning and a story, and hopefully will make you smile. It might even make you pick up the phone to a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while, just to tell them you love them.