Where are you currently based and what is the music scene like there?
I’m currently based between Rosebank nsw and LA. In LA the music scene is the best in the world. You can do whatever you can dream up there. It can be very productive working there. Here in Rosebank it’s the opposite. I have to drive 20 minutes to the closest store. But I get a lot of writing done here.
We are right around the corner from the release of your third album, Lilac Everything; A Project By Emma Louise, which is out Fri 14 Sept! What influenced the sound and songwriting for this album?
I wrote all the songs in Mexico. I was listen to a lot of 70s singer songwriter stuff. Nick drake, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon etc. and I gave myself permission to write freely inspired by that sound. Then much later, in the last session of recording for the album, I decided to pitch down my vocals. That changed the sound completely and really made the album swell and transformed it.
How do you usually go about writing lyrics and music?
It’s different a lot of the time. But I realise now I need to have solitude to write. But I write mostly from true experience and emotions, they are either mine or someone else’s. I love writing from someone else’s perspective. Feeling what they feel.
Where and when did you record?
Last year in January in Seattle. At a studio called bear creek. It was in the woods and it rained the whole time and it was so magical. We drank probably a whole vineyards worth of wine.
What instruments and programs did you use to record?
It was all recorded live. We had a whole studios worth of analog and digital synths and all the instruments you can imagine. We had an amazing engineer who helped us and he used protools.
How did you approach the recording process?
Very freely. It all happened with ease and was full of joy. It was honestly some of the best days of my life.
So far you’ve dropped 3 incredible singles, ‘Falling Apart’, ‘Wish You Well’ & ‘Mexico’ off the record with pitched down vocals, a creative choice that continues through the entire record and I hear you refer to this as ‘Joseph’. Could you please explain why you took this approach and the effect that you were aiming to achieve:
I didn’t think too hard about the decision to pitch down the vocals. I just felt it was the right choice. When I was 19 I first heard my voice pitched down and called it Joseph and said I would do a whole album in him. When I heard Jospeh on Lilac Everything I had full body goosebumps and just get it was the right thing to do.
What do you like to do outside of music?
I love pottery and painting and my dog.
Who are you listening to at the moment?
At the moment I’m not really listening to much music!! It’s all kinda instrumental. No lyrics just sounds and melody.
What do you have planned for the remainder of 2018 going into 2019?
Whatever it wants from me!
Favourite food and place to hangout?
Chocolate and I love to hang out at home haha