On Friday 19th July we had the amazing Emily-Rose performing for us, so we took the opportunity to sit down with her and ask some burning questions.
What got you into music in the first place?
I’ve been singing since I can remember! It made sense for me to pursue it as a career because I had a lot of experience performing and it’s the thing I do best. As for getting into it, I was lucky to meet the right people at the right time to help guide me through the process. If it weren’t for some of my friends, I may only be doing at as a hobby.
What does it feel like to perform live?
It can really vary! There are so many different factors to performing live. For instance, performing your own music can be more nerve wracking than performing covers, performing in front of a small, intimate audience can be harder than in front of a bigger group. There are so many things that can invoke different emotions, from the musical/lyrical content to the physical performance itself. Regardless, I always come away feeling like I’m lucky to do what I do!
Are there times where you doubt yourself? And what helps you get through those times?
Yes 100%, I doubt myself all the time. I think anyone who’s self-employed would tell you that sometimes it all gets a bit much. I always doubt my ability to manage my time and make sure I get everything done. I doubt myself most when it comes to learning songs for weddings (e.g. first dances, ceremony music) because it means so much more to the client. When it comes to music, I’m a bit of a perfectionist; I have an idea of how I want each performance to turn out, but seeing a client happy is what really makes the stress of it all worthwhile.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
It’s hard to say. Working in an industry that’s considered a luxury and not a necessity can always feel a little unstable, especially right now. However, this is the first year that I’ve felt like I can see myself being completely self-sufficient and like I could move out in a year or so. I guess it’s a matter of getting the ball rolling, building up a good reputation and working hard. In five years, I’m hoping to be able to live comfortably doing what I do.
A lot of people would be expecting me to say “Beyoncé” about now but, as much as she has heavily influenced my music taste and my writing, I wouldn’t say she’s my hero. I’ve had a lot of influences over my time, some of which have been phases and some that have stuck with me. However, I would say my cousin is my “Musical Hero”. Without her, I would have never have heard some of my favourite artists and had barely any exposure to music at all. Coming from a family whose idea of music stems solely from “Clarkson Rocks” (Jeremy Clarkson’s favourite driving tunes, which does contain some bangers, to be fair), gave me little to no hope. I owe my music taste, and possibly my career, to my cousin.
We see you as a unique performer, what do you think about this label?
Unique is what I aim for! It can be a little vague, but I don’t like to put myself in a box. I like to have the freedom to do things how I want to but at the same time be able to meet the clients needs. Who wants to be “normal” anyway?
Favourite type of songs to sing? Do you prefer playing solo or having some form of accompaniment?
I love playing with a guitarist or a band! I feel this gives more opportunity for upbeat and fun songs. I’m a sucker for a groovy bass line or maybe even a horn section and I really love it when all the elements of a band come together. However, there is something to be said about the feeling of playing solo. I feel when playing solo, you can really show your emotions through your music, which is perfect for originals. I am not the best guitarist but, when it comes to really feeling music, you can be no more in sync with anyone than yourself.
If you were a pizza what would you be? And, what’s your favourite cider?
I don’t know if I know what pizza I would be… However, having been treated to one of your pizzas, I know which one I’d like to be… Duck Norris – all the way. That was incredible. As for Cider? I’m not much of a drinker. All I know is that I prefer anything sweet. If it goes down like juice, then it’s for me.
A big thank-you to Emily for sitting down with us and answering those questions like she was on Mastermind!