Emily Laing

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Where are you currently based?



How did you first start playing music?

I started playing music mainly because I was gagging for a creative outlet! I spent a lot of time waiting to be given permission to use my voice. I find that energy can often manifest into something quite negative if it goes untapped. So it was a way of helping my mental health. Plus, singing always terrified me and I kinda relish doing something that frightens me!


What’s been happening recently?

I’ve been writing and listening and experimenting. Also doing a lot of online gigs but now I’m back to doing it IRL! (Socially distanced of course)


Your new track ‘I Feel Fine’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting for this track?
I wanted to write a song that I could dance to. I went through a tough break up recently so I wanted to create something that felt like one massive smile!

It’s a song about how brave decisions (which are terrifying and so hard to make) can lead to something great.


How did you go about writing ‘I Feel Fine’?

I wrote it in about half an hour one very warm, sunny evening. I was accompanied by a vodka elderflower and my very fat and messy notebook. Usually when I hit on something I like I write very quickly before it leaves my brain!


How did you approach the recording/production process?

Luckily I have a very patient team behind me. I like a super chill atmosphere. Usually I’m sat on the floor with a marmite sandwich waiting to be told what to do!


What do you like to do away from music?

Currently hooked on Call Of Duty, reading and evening bike rides. I also find cooking so relaxing and fun. I made my first pie the other day. I was more proud of that than any song release.


Who are you listening to at the moment?

Lots of Edith Piaf, Beatles, Matt Maeson and my lovely friend Grace Grundy.


What’s planned for the remainder of 2020?

Lots more writing and growing. I’m excited to see where it takes me.


Favourite food and place to hangout?

Too many to choose just one!


Workers Cafe on Upper Street for the baked potatoes and cannoli’s.  The Flask in Highgate for a Sunday roast.  Garlic and Shots on Frith Street for the nostalgia. And shots.  Oka for sushi. Enough said.  The Vault on Greek Street for the whiskey and ambience.

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