INTERVIEW: Emily Krueger

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

To be honest I am a very emotional little bean. I’m alway all over the place but lately I’ve been really good. It feels huge to be getting this music out that poured myself into.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Can’t Trust Nobody”?

I had a lot of fun on this track. It’s a moody one for sure, but was really fun making it upbeat as well as dark. It was a song I decided not to bullshit anything on. Its honest. It isn’t about the happy butterflies of pursuing your dreams in an industry like this, but the uneasy ones.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

It was a stream of events really. This song is deeper than even how i described it. One day i might be able to tell why;)

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Mika Matin and his production assistant Sophia Lauer directed it. This was my first music video, and it was so fun. They just let me be free and perform it. I knew the look, feeling, vibe i wanted but they really made it happen. They’re amazing!

How was the recording and writing process?

When I’m in the studio I’m in my absolute zone. I always like having a bit of a role in production and coming in with some beat/production ideas already in there. In terms of writing I always like my co written songs the most. Getting another perspective and set of ears on it will always help, and get you out when you’re too much in your own head.

What role does British Columbia play in your music?

It’s where I was born, so I’ll always have my roots there. I was raised in Portland OR, so with both places being along the west coast, I’ll always have west coast vibes in my music.

What aspect of love and relationships did you get to explore on this record?

Can’t Trust Nobody isn’t about love at all. But the EP, it’s all of it. I broke up with someone, wrote about it. Fell in like with someone, wrote about it. Fell in love with someone, wrote about it. And I also wrote about being very alone through all of it.

Was it easy for you to open yourself and become this vulnerable?

Unfortunately yes. I’m young, and before writing this EP I hadn’t really gone through a lot yet. The more i go through and write about it, the more I realize I am most times too open, and cant help but be vulnerable. But that’s what makes music beautiful.

Did you ever have second thoughts throughout the brainstorm and recording process?

I change my mind all the time. And I don’t think any artist has known exactly what they want for every song they’ve ever written. The vision always starts you out, but you gotta be open to the magic in the room to guide it.

How did you go on balancing the dark themes with the much uplifting tone?

Everything plays a role, I like tension between what you say with words and what you’re feel from the music and production. It just happened naturally though, with what I’m inclined to writing and what i was feeling – tense.

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

To be honest when I’m going through phases of writing I try not to listen to music as much as possible. I always have melodies in my head. So I don’t like to be influenced from too many outside sources other than whats in your head and on your heart.

Any plans to hit the road?

Hopefully soon, I can’t wait for it. Hopefully by the summer with 2 EPs out I have a lot more live going on.

What else is happening next in Emily Krueger’s world?

I’d love to be self producing soon. Collaboration is always amazing, but self reliance is essential. So whats next is pretty much being a hermit making beats, really working on my ear for mixing, honing in more and more on my sound.


About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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