Hey guys, thanks for having me. I’ve been good, enjoying where I’m at in life and looking forward to what’s to come. Thanks for asking.
2.) Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Hot and Cold”?
Yeah sure! I’ve lived in NYC all my life, and I’ve always been fascinated by how bipolar it is haha. Seriously, the people, the weather, all of it. I remember thinking to myself; I want to write a song that represents that hot and cold nature. This city and the people in it will welcome you and love you, but they will also call you out on your shit. That’s really what inspired the song.
3.) Did any event, in particular, inspire you to write this song?
Yeah, I saw a friend in a relationship continuously struggle, with an inconsistent relationship. Getting mad love one minute, treated like trash the next. That dynamic is underlying hot and cold. So yeah, seeing him go through that really made me wanna talk about it.
4.) Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yeah, there’s currently a video out now. We shot it locally, with a great director: shout out “Dolofilmz.”
5.) The single comes off your new album Perfect Timing – what’s the story behind the title?
That’s easy; perfect Timing is really like this new Popeyes chicken sandwich everyone is trying to find it. I realized I was doing this in my own life, looking for the right time to pursue my dream, get with that girl, move out, leave that job, etc. What I realized is that “NOW” is a perfect time, no matter how small your first step is you gotta just get that Shit moving. That’s the premise behind Perfect Timing, and I think the outro track “Effort” illustrates that the most. A good friend of mine, who passed away left me with that lesson.
6.) How was the recording and writing process?
The recording process was fantastic, stressful, enjoyable, fun, and hard, all rolled up into one. The writing process happens as I’m out living my life, my friends might trigger a line, or I might be on the train and overhear something I like. So I’m always writing, and then some songs like “Awake” happen on the spot, they’re just a vibe. I stress out overwriting a lot, so I try to just do it in bits throughout my days. When I get the luxury to zone in, I’m gone. The recording aspect was something I spent a lot of time trying to improve and perfect for this project. I dropped a handful of singles last year, and I think people will see the improvement in the vocal performance from then to now.
7.) What role does the Dominican Republic play in your music?
Shiiiiit, what role doesn’t it. Many people don’t know I didn’t grow up listening to hip hop; most of it was Spanish tunes my dad would play. A lot of salsa and bachata, those genres influence the melodies and cadences that sometimes find their way into my music. I later learned to appreciate Hip hop and fall in love with it, but the music I grew up on shaped a lot of how I approached writing and making music. I also feel like it allows me to help other Dominicans see themselves represented in hip hop. You don’t understand how hype I was when I thought Fabolous was Dominican, and it means a lot to those kids trying to become something.
8.) How did your musical perspective as you move over to the Bronx?
Growing in the Bronx gave me and my music that edge. Being robbed, getting in fights, losing friends, living like that, has definitely given me a chip on my shoulder. Taking the 4 train to school, to work, parties, I feel like that train is a second home for me haha. I talk about it in my music; you’ll hear what parts of my city really had an impact on me. I love the Bronx, and while I don’t live there anymore, it gave me a lot.
9.) What aspect of love did you get to explore on this record?
Great question. I wanted to take people through a bit of a roller coaster, so you’ll see the aspect of losing love as well as finding it. Love today is bizarre; I feel like so many of us are jaded that being in a healthy relationship feels out of reach. But I like writing about it because I think as people we always look to music to find answers to our questions, and it helps you process what you’re going through.
10.) Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
A good friend of mine told me you’ve been writing this record all your life. And that’s true; I drew from everywhere. I’m a very aware person, to a fault sometimes. But I like that I use that to create music about everyday situations all of us are dealing with.
11.) Any plans to hit the road?
I honestly go wherever the music takes me. I’m ready to hit the road and share these songs with the world. Also, we (My producer and I) have a pretty sick slive show, and we have some special things planned for performing this album.
12.) What else is happening next in EMIL’s world?
So much in the next few weeks. I have an album release party at The Delancey in NYC that’s happening on September 21st, so if any of you all want to come party, you know where I’ll be haha. Aside from that, we have our first show of this new album at “The Well” in Brooklyn on October 12th.
I’m also going to be dropping a music video for the next single off my album “Awake,” and that’ll drop in early October. Visit my website Emilsmusic.com for new merch coming soon, and join my email list to get updates on new music, show dates, and any other content.