I have yet another musical treat for you in store today folks! I am introducing you all to an English singer, songwriter, musician, producer aaaaand recording studio owner/manager - (how does she do it!!)....
Emily's production techniques are so full of life with quirky characteristics that just make her music so unique and detectable, I've never heard anything like her tracks before and just absolutely love them! In May 2012, Emily was invited by BBC Radio on to BBC Introducing to talk about her exclusive music and played the song below ('Whispers in the Night'):
'Whispers in the Night'(my personal favourite) - an EP collaboration with Mikee Goodman from Sikth and Primal Rock Rebellion, has dreamy qualities to it from the very start with Emily's beautifully high, feather-light vocals that drift over the hazy instrumental backing, accompanied then by the delicate 'do you hear them? backing vocals. At 1.05, the full production comes to life adding fully balanced, soothing, illusory elements that are delicately wrapped around the track creating a dusky, day-dreamy, decorative and very beautiful song.
'French Riviera' is a quirky, fun loving track with kooky harmonies throughout creating a happy go lucky, sunshine-y vibe throughout. 'Take me to the French Riviera' is so unbelievably catchy, I'm singing it to myself right now trying not to type it over and over! Smooth vocals over a unique instrumental production make Emily's song so unconventional. The perfect combination for this generations idea of perfect pop.
Here's a catch up with the lovely Emily this week:
Hi Emily! How are you doing?!
Hello! I’m very good thank you.
How would you describe your style of music?
My style of music has it’s own genre name: ‘empop’ !!!! It is me! Think Kate Bush meets Lily Allen! ;-) Catchy hooks and melodies that get stuck in your head! QUIRKY, DIFFERENT AND FUN!
Music has got too serious - let's put some fun back into it with some empop! I want to bring back the fun, energy and colour of the Spice Girls mixed in with the retro sixties feel of Lana Del Rey + Petula Clark/Tony Hatch
Who are you musical influences and why?
While growing up my father played me Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Carole King, Donavon, Mamas and Papas, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led zeppelin, The Monkees, The Moody Blues, Petula Clark etc… So my music is highly influenced by the sounds of the 60's! I thank him for showing me these great singer / songwriters.
Mum and dad both play folk guitar and used to sing and play me to sleep at night with some of the great folk songs!
I also love the 90’s Brit pop era – Kula Shaker, Mansun, Silver Sun, Blur, Oasis, Super Furry Animals etc.
This week I popped on my old Kula Shaker album in the car to listen to on the way to and from work….. it was like my soul was revived!!! I listen to the radio every day and unfortunately I am so bored and uninspired with the chart music they play over and over, it was like a breath of fresh air listening to this psychedelic rock band again! I love the Indian influences aswell. I’m a hippy at heart! ;-) I wish I had been around for the sixties and Woodstock!
Tell us about your most recent material, your EP 'Whispers in the Night'...?
Whispers In The Night was an experiment to try a different direction… a darker more mysterious side to my music. A bit like Bat For Lashes.
How did you find working with Mikee Goodman from Sikth and Primal Rock Rebellion on 'Whispers in the Night'?
Mikee is a very talented producer and vocalist. He works so hard and is totally dedicated to music. He really pushed me vocally, to get me to sing with more emotion colour and dynamics. It was hard but I enjoyed the challenge and the experience with working with such a character as Mikee ;-) I love his dreadlocks, but he never lets me touch them!! haha
How was it having your track 'Let it Go' played on BBC Radio 6 (with Tom Robinson, July 2012)?
AMAZING! I am very proud! He had played ‘French Riviera’ in June also which was absolutely fantastic! Then one day I saw on my Sound cloud dashboard that Tom Robinson himself had favourited ‘Let It Go’! I had an email from him saying he would like to play on his BBC Mixtape on BBC Radio 6. To have 2 songs picked was such an honour. There is so much talent out there it was such a great feeling to finally get noticed and heard! Thank you very much Tom Robinson and his BBC 6 Music team!
If you could duet with anyone, who would it be and why?
Ooh that’s a tough question! Well I always think of myself as the 6th Spice Girl! I knew Geri Halliwell at the time of The Spice Girls first number 1 with Wannabe. It was very exciting! But on a serious level, to duet with Carole King, Joni Mitchell or James Taylor would be such a great honour I would probably be too nervous to sing and play! They are my true singer/songwriter heroes.
What is your favorite thing to see in the audience while you are on stage?
A smiley face and tapping feet ! My latest track ‘Bright lights’ is exactly about this. When I last performed I was on stage with really bright lights shining on me which meant I couldn’t see anything but darkness where the audience was… apart from one cute smiling face from the audience…. My best friend and soul mate and top fan! He gave me the confidence to stay up there and sing my heart out!
If you could compare yourself to any other artist, who would it be?
I guess my music is very similar to Lily Allen’s style, but as a person I’m not like her. I wish I had her confidence!
Emily you also run your own recording studio, 'The Sound Cube'. What aspect of the music industry do you prefer to work in?
I love recording/engineering sessions – I mainly record children and it’s so much fun. To see their delighted little faces while they’re singing along to a favourite track in the studio, then listening back in their headphones is so rewarding.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to set up their own recording studio?
Make sure you get the right licenses – i.e. PRS, MCPS and get the best top quality equipment that you can rely on, that will last for years. Most importantly… get an external hard drive and back-up every hour!
What's next for Emily Brothers?!
I am currently writing new songs when I can, but I’m on the search for a fabulous producer to work with to make my first ‘empop’ album.
The music industry is calling out for a bit of 'Empop', bringing back a fun and kooky dynamic to the pop music industry, time for a difference! I personally cannot wait to listen to the first empop album!
To support and the spread the Empop love:
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