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Fast Five: Emma Garrett

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When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

I started writing music when I was 15, I considered acting but I realised that it was not the right thing for my personality and that Music gave me such an incredible sense of freedom, enjoyment and expression. I can be myself more, which makes sense because I’m not acting!

How would you describe your music?

Stirring, dramatic balladry. Avant-garde Pop. Experimental. A search for epic sounds, influenced by a love of big strong female voices, surging film music is a big influence. Theatrical but with rhythms influenced by folk strings and instrumentation. Dark themes but with hope and catchy melodies.

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

I’ve just finished recording my EP at Eastcote Studios and rehearsing with my five piece band for some live dates coming up. In particular, playing at Brixton Jamm, supporting Alan McGee’s new signing Pete Macleod on November the 8th.

I have just finished filming a music video for ‘Dose Me Up,’ the new single which is out on November the 25th. We’ll also be going back into the studio at the end of this year, beginning of next, to record more tracks towards the album. I am currently writing new material and – with the band – exploring the sound that we have developed and how we can push it further.

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

Anna Calvi. What an incredible rooted and effecting voice, such a stage presence and she can play the guitar like Hendrix! Her songs are so wonderfully written, the structures are always a surprise and the influences that can be heard in her music are inspirational. She manages to include such a chilling and moving sound, whilst keeping
her songs memorable, they all pack a punch. Basically she’s bloody cool and I have so much respect for how she has stuck to the style of music that she is passionate about and the theme and style that she is passionate about.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

God, I don’t know how I would feel marooned on a desert Island and so it would be hard to get the disc choice right! Perhaps I’d need something to cheer me up or calm me down or make me feel that there’s hope or something bigger than me, something more incomprehensible than my being there, stranded! So that’s such a hard one, I would have to
choose something that perhaps allows me at times to feel all those things. Not just music I like. Temper Traps first album ‘Conditions’. Songs being ‘Soldier On’ ‘Down River’ and ‘Resurrection’ What more do you need? Other than a bit of food and water and probably a cuddle!

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