What is your name and role within Gobbin Jr?
My name is Emma Witmer and I’m the sole recording artist “gobbinjr” as well as the keyboardist and singer in the live band.
How did you start?
I started playing under the name gobbinjr after my first year of college at NYU. I hadn’t been making music that year and I felt very depressed. I didn’t know who I was anymore. I lived in my parents house that summer in a town where I had no friends so I knew I had to do something to keep myself from going insane. The result was my first album.
Where are you based?
Right now I’m based in Brooklyn.
Please give an example of your music writing process?
A lot of times I just find little melodies that I like and record a voice memo on my phone, then I’ll come back to it days/weeks/months later and expand it into a full song.
What are you working on right now?
I’ve just finished my second LP!
What is your gear setup?
I record almost everything with just a two-input Focusrite interface, a Bluebird Blue microphone, and whatever junkie instruments I have lying around. I’ve used a bunch of different DAWs but right now I’m using Ableton.
What do you like to do outside of music and does it affect your music?
At this point I really don’t do much outside of music. I was a dogwalker for a bit, which was awesome and rewarding in every way besides financially. I love animals- I have a cat named Chicken Nugget who is a little monster but I love him to death. I try to keep my non-human friends involved in the music, whether I mention my dog Lacy in a song or I sample my cat talking to the birds out the window.
How would you describe your music genre?
Someone once said “mean pop” and I think I like that a lot.
Do you know any music theory?
Yes! I love music theory and wish I could learn more!
What are your plans for the future?
Ideally just tour til I drop. But first I need to figure out what I’m gonna do with this album.
How did you get into music?
My parents signed me up for piano lessons when I was 4 and didn’t let me quit until I was 16, after I had taken up drums, guitar, bass, and singing along the way.
What are you listening to at the moment?
The new Lorde album! I had liked a few of her hits previously but I’m really liking all of Melodrama.
Who are your top 5 influences and icons?
Oof. I don’t really like to have influences or anyone that I’m trying to be except myself. I guess I’ve always admired and loved Keith Moon. Hm. Justin Timberlake. Ella Fitzgerald. Sister Nancy. Scott Joplin.
When are you playing next?
Friday June 23rd! At Sunnyvale with my pals Thelma and Tiny Hazard.