Interview: Emily King - The Underrated artist that you Need to Know
She's already been nominated for a Grammy, was signed to a record label in the beginning of her career, and now is taking the independent route with her music. From taking a quick listen to her Seven EP you quickly come to question the integrity of the music industry and what it stands for. We found ourselves scratching our head asking.. Why did she get dropped from the record label? Why is she not getting played on radio? Her music is timeless and her talent goes down on our books as one of the most underrated artists today. We caught up with the singer backstage at one of her shows and asked her a few questions in regards to her hiatus, her music, and her influences.
You were surrounded by music your whole life since both your parents were jazz vocal duos. What were some of the songs that memorable songs that influenced you right off the bat.
They used to sing all of the old standards, really beautiful songs! I dont know, the ballads really struck me. I loved, there's this one song called "If you could see me now". It was a standard that kind of floated around and everyone sang it from the Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitgerald, Sarah Vaughan. But dam! The composer's escapes me right now. I love that song! It's so sad, they used to sing it and make people cry and I was like "That's what I want to do!"
Did you go to your parents shows?
Yea I would go to their shows and we would hang out in the dressing room, backstage, or at the bar. It was fun. But I remember kind of getting a bit bored. You kind of don't want to be doing that at 5 years old.
We noticed your elephant earnings in several photos and videos.
um... the giraffe! *laughs*
Oh right! Yes, the giraffe. Are they significant to you?
I believe the giraffe is my spirit animal. I just kind of came across this little giraffe in my mom's house and I made it into an earing. It really shouldn't be because it weighs like 50 pounds! *laughs* So, I don't know how much longer I can get away with it. The giraffe comes up in my life a lot. I dont know the answer.. I really like the animal.
When browsing through other people's music, what do you look for?
Well it depends of who it is. If it's someone that I heard was great and I think I can learn something from it even though I might not understand it then I'll sit through it and give myself to the music and try to see what everyone else see's in it. But other then that I usually want to feel something from the music. I love melodies... catchy songs.
Is there a specific decade that comes to mind?
well of course! The seventies, the eighties! So much great music came out of that time! There's a lot of great music now as well. When listening to current music a lot of times I like the song, but I don't like the production. It sounds like tin-foil! *laughs* Now with the internet there's all kinds of artists that you can hear about and you don't have to wait for the record label to shove it in your face.
You do your own production for your songs right?
I work with a producer named "Jeremy Most". We've collaborated recently on the "Seven EP". It seems that my pattern so far is only working with one producer. We don't really accept tracks. I like to write the song first and then build it.
So you were on a hiatus from your first album. Take us through what happened throughout those years.
Basically I was getting a little buzz happening from being on the label and had a Grammy nomination. I was in the room with Clive Davis and all these fancy people. At the same time I released the debut album -- it was kind of underground even though I had the nomination. The whole situation felt "off". It wasn't right. I wasn't happy with their creative process and what ended up happening was that I got dropped from the label. I was forced to downsize the team. I couldn't afford recording in the studio, so I had to figure out the whole home studio thing. At the end of the day I wanted to write songs and record music that was great. That took the most amount of time.
Well! It came out eventually with the "Seven EP"! So that's the point
*laughs* I guess! But, I'm still working for that great song.
You don't seem to produce any visuals for your tracks. Can we expect anything in the next year?
Yes! Definitely by the end of 2012. Again, it's like having that chemistry with another artist. I have a hard time just throwing stuff out there to fans. I feel like you have to revise and edit it to perfection.