INTERVIEW: Folk-pop Rising Star Emma Charles

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

I’ve been good! Getting through quarantine as best as I can!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “25”?

Yes! “25” is my first song off of my second EP. It’s such a fun track, and I had a great time writing and recording it with Doug Schadt, my producer.

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

It stemmed from a strained friendship, which ultimately served as the inspiration for this track. So many people write about romantic relationships and we thought it would be fun to explore the demise of a platonic one.

Any plans to release a music video for the track?

Since quarantine happened just as we were working on this track, we have a lyric video that has been released. It is serving as our quasi music video!

How was the recording and writing process?

It was great, we wrote the track in Los Angeles and finished it at Doug’s studio in Brooklyn. It started as a dark horse type track but really grew on us and now it’s one of my personal favorite songs of mine.

What was it like to work with Doug Schadt and how did that relationship develop? How much did he influence the song?

I started working with Doug about 2/3 years ago with my first two singles, “Comfort in the Chaos” and “Far from Here”. Since then, we’ve written and recorded over 10 songs together and it has been such a rewarding relationship. Doug basically can create something exactly what I had envisioned without me even having to say anything. Usually, whatever he does is just right. Doug and I came up with the concept for “25” together, and then he started to put together the track while I started writing out some melodical and lyrical ideas. From there we worked together to create the rest of “25”! 

As someone who has done lots of collaboration – do you tend to take a different approach when you are working with someone else rather than working on your own?

I am definitely more critical of myself when I write alone, making the process a lot tricker and stunted. I definitely judge what I’m doing more when I’m alone. When I’m in a room with other people, I can bounce ideas off of my collaborators which feels like a much more freeing and less judgemental environment. I have learned to love to write with other people and I find my best work usually comes out when I’m in a room with others. 

What role does LA play in your music?

LA is like my growing up period, I have written a lot of music about moving to this city and learning to be an adult in such a high paced, yet lonely, environment. I am thankful for all that LA has to offer, but sometimes, it can get to be overwhelming as well. 

How did your musical perspective change as you moved away from Connecticut?

I think the safety blanket was sort of torn off when I moved, since I had to re-learn my entire environment and get used to such a different way of living. I definitely have found more to write about since it’s such a difficult place to live, but it can be so rewarding.

Does the new single mean we can expect more new material – how’s that coming along?

I have 3 more songs ready to release and am working on an entirely new project already! Lots of new material in the works that I’m really excited about.

Any plans to hit the road when touring resumes?

I am scheduled to go on tour with the band SHEL which has been rescheduled for 2021. Fingers crossed there will be more as well!

What else is happening next in Emma Charles’ world?

I will be releasing 2 more singles after “25”, and then a new EP. After that, I am planning on getting back into the writing stage and recording stage and hopefully will have a set of brand new music to release not too soon after this EP!

Check out “25” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQ_p-jj40hw

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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