Emily Small is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter, bedroom pop artist. Emily has been writing and recording original material since the age of 16. She released her debut full-length album titled, 'The Last Honey Bee.' The album is available on most major digital outlets.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
My parents always influenced my music taste. I grew up listening to a lot of 70's and 80's music. The first time I considered pursuing music as a career was when I first heard the band Frankie Cosmos. A light-bulb went off in my head and I thought, "oh I can actually do something I love as a career." Music is my life now. I love it so much.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
I haven't had anything really crazy happen to me. I think meeting new people and having artists I look up to reach out and tell me they like my music is always so crazy, but the good kind of crazy!
What has been the high point of your music path?
Probably having my music played on the radio. It was weird hearing it play on an actual radio station, so it was really cool.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I usually start out with a melody or a couple of guitar/piano chords. I just play around with an idea until I'm able to make a full song out of it.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing indie artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
Probably the lack of promotion. My friends and other indie artists I know make great music, but aren't getting the recognition they deserve. I think I'd ask the industry to take a chance on the underdog dog because who knows what new idea they could bring to the table.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Definitely Mac Demarco or Mariya Takeuchi. Both of them have had a big influences on me.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I drink a ton of water before I sing. For some reason I'm terrified my mouth will dry up and I won't be able to sing, but it usually just causes me to take a lot of trips to the restroom beforehand.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Definitely "1-800-CUPID," I could never get the guitar to flow right with my voice. I put the song down for a year and only picked it back up a couple of weeks before I released my album.
What's coming up in the future?
More music as always, I've been listening to a lot of artists like Bane's World and Mild High Club. I'm obsessed with melodic sounds. I'm really into painting a picture with the songs I make. I'd love to make music that sounds like a young couple falling in love in the 60's or something.