Hi Emmaline, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
I’m well, thank you!
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
In the case of my single “Solid” I can pinpoint a very specific inspiration that led me down the path of this song — New York Magazine’s photo shoot of Serena Williams.
As I was messing around with lyrical ideas for a groove I was working on those images of her came to mind, followed quickly by the words “I’m solid”.
From there the lyrics evolved to evoke the experiences of strong women of all stripes who are taking charge of their narrative and their path. It came to be a powerful pep talk for me personally and an affirmation that I needed to get back to songwriting and performing which I’ve always loved but had put on a shelf. And it turned into a fun and powerful statement for both women and men that encourages the acknowledgement and celebration of their own power.
How was the recording and writing process?
This is the first song I’ve ever recorded entirely by myself — everything that you hear was either played or sung by me. This is a huge deal for me. I’ve worked with very talented musicians in the past, but sometimes things get lost in translation and also working around people’s schedules can lead to compromises that don’t happen when it’s just me! Forcing myself to learn Logic Pro audio software allowed me to arrive at a process and a flow that really works for me, and it’s given me the freedom to get songs down exactly how I hear them in my head. I’m always writing and messing around with song ideas, but finding a method and tools that work for me allows me to be both creative and productive, which inspires me to do more.
How’s your new EP coming along? Any tentative release date or title in mind?
My EP is set to be released February 3rd and I’m calling it “Back to Right”.
I’m putting the finishing touches on two of the six tracks that are planned, and I’d like to get one or two additional tracks together for it as well. We’ll see–
What aspect of freedom are you exploring throughout this record?
The very act of creating is freedom to me. Being able to express myself with music that turns me on and allows me to give my take on the human condition is incredibly freeing. Realizing that there’s nothing holding me back from making music the way I want to make is freeing. And I’d like to think that the spirit of freedom that permeates the songs I’m writing now empowers those listening.
Any plans to hit the road?
If I put together a live show I’d want it be a high-energy, all-out, super-soul-groove-machine type thing! Having put bands together in the past I realize the time and energy that it takes to do it right, but if the stars align and it makes sense to do something like that in the future I would absolutely love to!
What else is happening next in Emmaline Muchmore’s world?
In addition to finishing up the EP I’m always on the lookout for new voice over opportunities, and I’m enjoying re-connecting with the music community and engaging more on social media.
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