Emily Atkinson AKA Emilie isn't afraid to touch on the darker topics when it comes to her music. Exploring the feelings of suppression, unreachable goals and more, she tackles each subject with grace and lets the music speak for itself.
We got the chance to put some quick-fire questions to Emilie all about her music, hopes for the future and more. Find out what she had to say below…
For those who may be new to your music, how best would you describe your sound?
Dark, atmospheric electro-pop with a healthy dose of catchy hooks and melodies.
What challenges have you faced in the music industry so far?
The music industry moves so fast with so much music being released all the time. I've been writing for this for years and so trying to define both a sound that I wanted to be but also to still be relevant within the music industry has been quite a challenge. I don't see that as a bad thing though, by any means.
How difficult would you say this career path is in terms of making a name for yourself?
It's really tough. With new releases coming out every single day, the music industry is really dilute and everyone is looking for exposure in this massive sea of music that just gets even bigger constantly. You have to be so self-critical to decide on whether your songs, your image and online presence really have a chance in cutting through all of that.
How important is it for you to have creative control over the work you produce?
It's so important. I couldn't do any of this if I had no creative control. Music is so expressive and if I couldn't have my own voice and ideas in what I'm doing then I don't see the point.
Where do you draw influence and inspiration from for your work?
I guess just from life but I generally only tend to naturally write about things that really get under my skin which is probably why a lot of my music is quite dark.
If you could collaborate with anybody going forward, who would you choose and why?
I'd really love to collaborate with someone like Sascha Ring from Moderat. Would be cool to explore using different elements in my music from different sub-genres of electronic music.
Do you have definitive aims or goals for your career?
Yeah I absolutely want to write an album and I absolutely want to do a European tour. Being realistic though, that would be a total dream come true so I can only hope that one day that may happen for me. Who knows?
Where do you hope to be by this time next year?
I'm hoping I'll be playing at summer festivals and still writing and releasing and gigging.
What should we expect from you in the coming weeks and months?
'Eyes For You' will be officially released across various online platforms as of September 9 and then my full 4-track EP 'I See You In The Darkness' is being launched on September 17, at The Mash House in Edinburgh.