“All the world’s a stage,” mused William Shakespeare in times past. “And all the men and women merely players.” It’s a particularly pertinent quote for UK-born, Australia-raised, New York-based singer-songwriter Emmi who, releases her new single “Drum” today. The single is the first offering from Emmi’s forthcoming concept project Players – a collection of epic pop songs inspired by the characters of Shakespeare’s plays, but repurposed for our times.
“Drum,” a cacophonous, percussion-heavy banger opens the show and is based on the three witches of Macbeth. Taking the pop nous of Taylor Swift, channeling Kate Bush and then bolting it onto sinister, Arca-esque beats, the song perfectly reads the room of these times, reminding us all “no one’s getting out of here alive, so bang a drum!” But existentialism, Shakespeare and witches aside, there was a more personal meaning behind it. “This song is really a message to myself – ‘Step into the spotlight, don’t be so shy. I know you love the feeling.’ I’ve wasted years feeling too anxious to be myself in my work for fear of opinions of people I don’t even know. This single is me shaking that shit off and saying…’Fuck it. We may not have tomorrow. So this is me! With orchestras!” Listen/download “Drum” here. Emmi took to the stress of NYC And shot a video for the track . The result is a reimagining of what the witches of Macbeth would be like now in 2021 – three girls on a night out in covid New York.