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INTERVIEW: Emika

Hi Emika, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been in Mexico performing and drinking Mescal!  Happy days.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single Greif (Prelude)?

Please listen.  It’s just 6 minutes of your time. I’ve recorded the most beautiful soprano in the world and Grief is the most sickening heavy feeling, I think I managed to set it free in a song.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this piece?

Yes, but it’s hard to explain my life.

The single comes off your new album Melanfonie – what is the story behind the title?

My best friends Dad came up with the name after he listened to it for the first time.  He just listened, and then it ended, and out popped this word: Melanfonie.

How was the recording and writing process?

Long, complex, full of thoughts, questions, concepts, theories, visions, poetry, nervous breakdowns, burn outs, panick attacks, whisky, friendships, budgets, production, scores, orchestra, sounds, noises, problems, solutions, fears, passion, control, freedom, computers, software, midi, mouse clicks, pencils, pianos, studios, rehearsals, time, years, hours, minutes, days, dreams, nightmares: finished.

What made you want to write a symphonic album?

So basically, I was in this life, with companies and lots of stuff and paperwork and things that artists generally don’t love that much.  And then suddenly that all went away.  And I was alone. I thought freedom would be amazing.  But it was challenging because my life seemed so terrifying and I didn’t know what to do next.  I decided to sit down and write a symphony.

That was my biggest dream and my biggest fear and it didn’t seem like such a hard thing to do anymore.

What was it like to work with Paul Batson and how much did he influence the record?

Paul Batson is my music teacher from school.  He knows me since I’m 14 and really gets me.  He guides me, protects me, inspires me.  He is the great teacher of my classical music life.  He transcribed the music and conducted the piece in the recording.  There are very few people I trust in this place.  They must get my vision entirely.  Friendship and time does wonderful things for music.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

From my life.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes!  Next up is a back packing trip to meet people who gave me money to record Melanfonie!  I made a Kickstarter and received 25,000​ EUR. ​

That’s some crazy amazing life changing shit!!! So now I am going to take the time to travel around and meet people and say thank you and celebrate what we achieved together.

What else is happening next in Emika’s world?

Thinking what to do next.  I’d like to study Osteopathy.

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