Emma Taylor is a singer-songwriter who’s relatively new to the music scene. Having released her debut EP Hazy last year, and her track ‘New Found Sound’ taking off on Spotify, it seems she might be worth keeping an ear or two. I’m so stoked to have had an interview with her, so thank you to Emma for providing some As to our Qs. Enjoy!
Hello Emma Taylor, how’s it going? Hi! I’m great, thanks for having me.
What’s the story behind how you became a musician? Well, I can honestly say that ever since I can remember I’ve been doing music. My parents used to tell me that I would hum before I even said any full words, so I do believe that music has been a part of me since birth. It wasn’t until I was around 6 years old that I started feeling comfortable singing in front of my family.
I remember specifically bringing my karaoke machine into the living room one night and singing ‘Maybe’ from the musical Annie to my whole entire family. It was from that moment on that I was addicted to performing. My songwriting became serious a bit later, when I was around 12 years old and attended a songwriting intensive during the summer. Although I had written songs before then, it was at the intensive that I discovered how essential it was to my life and how I needed to pursue singing and songwriting professionally.
It’s been a little while since the release of your debut EP Hazy. Looking back, are you happy with how it’s turned out? Yes! Obviously there are minor things I wish I had done differently, but I feel like a major part of releasing my first EP was to discover what I wanted and didn’t want for my future projects. Since I’m in a very crucial point in my artistic career where I am constantly growing and changing, my style is different even now then when I wrote and recorded the songs for ‘Hazy’. I’m so proud of it, especially being my debut project that I put out independently, and I’m so lucky I received such a good response to the record.
It seems to have taken off in quite a big way, with the track ‘New Found Sound’ racking up a lot of streams on Spotify. How cool was that? It was and still is so crazy to me! It has been so amazing to see such a positive reaction to ‘New Found Sound’ and my music in general and it gives me so much confidence and motivation to continue to create the music that I’ve always wanted to share with the world. ‘New Found Sound’ has always been the song that I felt most connected to so for that one to have the traction that it does is so humbling and incredible.
What can you tell us about your new single ‘My Dear’? Will it showcase a different direction in sound from what we heard on Hazy? I tend to write with the most vulnerability and passion when I’m in a very emotional state, as was the case with all the songs off of ‘Hazy’. That was also the case with ‘My Dear’ as I wrote the song when I was in London a few months back, struggling with the concept of change in all aspects of my life, especially in my relationship.
‘My Dear’ is about wanting so badly, for the relationship to work out even though you’ve heard the same things promised, but never executed, several times before. It’s about hoping that maybe this promise will be the one that changes things for the better and about remaining positive through the tough times to get to the greater times. I think that melodically it showcases a different side of my style and vocally showcases a range that is a bit more unusual for me. It’s definitely more mature both lyrically and stylistically and I can’t wait for you to hear it!
What else could we expect from you in 2018? More music! I’m focusing on releasing a few more singles this year as well as music videos to go with the songs. Hopefully I’ll be on the road soon playing gigs, so stay tuned for that and maybe I’ll see you at a show!
Finally, if you could close out this interview with one final thought, what would it be? I can’t wait to continue my musical journey and grow my group of supporters! If you are interested in staying up date on what’s to come, follow me on socials: