We lovelovelove introducing you all to our current obsessions and right now, we can’t get enough of Emma Hern! The Nashville songstress talked to us about her debut EP, current obsessions and more! Read the exclusive interview below!
Let’s talk about your debut EP! What can you tell us about the creation/recording process?
The single off the EP, “Love is Killing Me” was a tune we recorded about a year before the rest of the songs. The whole thing felt so natural and fun. We essentially recorded the EP live; tracking full takes with everyone in the room. Some of my favorite records growing up were tracked live, so it was really important to me to adopt that live energy while adding a little polish to the tracks during the mixing process. “Love is Killing Me” and “Fool” were songs I wrote a while back but the other ones came out right before the recording process. Normally, recording songs that new would make me a little nervous. I feel like songs need time to grow and work themselves out, but the group of musicians I was recording with are so phenomenal I new they would breath life and a different sound into each one. It was without a doubt, the most fun I have had in the studio.
Do you have a favorite track on the EP?
“Fool”. This song was very close to my heart and is a side of my writing I haven’t always liked to share. Vulnerability is hard, but the reward of really letting your audience into your heart is worth it. When I perform this song I feel the most myself.
When can we expect visuals to all the songs?
Soon! I Hope! I’m definitely in the early stages of working on something for “Fool.”
What’s the songwriting process usually like for you? How would you describe your sound?
Hmm. It is always different. Some songs come out in one siting, others take 2 years. I primarily write alone, which makes it harder to hold yourself to deadlines. I’m trying to write more with other artists. For me, writing has always been a rollercoaster.
Growing up, which artist(s) do you remember loving? Do the influence your sound today?
I grew up listening to Aretha Franklin and any other recording that came out of Muscle Shoals. That was the main influence for the EP. My very favorite recordings were tracked there and it is definitely a bucket list item for me to record there! My mother always had soul, rock and blues artist on in the car and I fell madly in love, then out of love and now back in love with them. (I had some musical growing pains, but found my way back home). Those three genres really are the cornerstone of my sound. Of course, I want to bring my own take to everything, but soul, rock and blues is what my sound is built upon.
When it comes to stage presence, which artist(s) inspire you?
I am a huge fan of Grace Potter and Susan Tedeschi’s stage presence. I don’t think they could be any more different, but they both appear so comfortable on stage. I think that is the goal. Wether you are running around and dancing all over or have your feet planted firmly on the ground, it is about being confident that you are supposed to be there. I think that is what draws and audience in.
What are some of your current obsessions? (ex: books/movies/tv shows)
West World!! One might say I am a big fan… My mom was an English teacher, so she is always mailing me books. I love it, she has never steered me wrong. Currently reading SweetBitters, which is about the insanity of working in a restaurant. (Might be a little too close to home— I’ll keep you posted.)
What’s on your bucket list for 2018?
So many things! Work towards my first full length album, have my music be 100% full time (*refer to note about the insanity of restaurants), play my first West Coast tour, be as present as possible on stage and use my music and platform on stage to make little differences. I think the last is the most important in our current political situation.
Musically, what should fans be expecting from you for the rest of the year?
Keep an eye out and see if I’m coming through your town for the first time in 2018!
How would you describe your personal style? Which celeb closet(s) would you love to raid?
I feel like my style has really changed recently. I’m all about a few really, nice tailored pieces that you can wear all the time. I’m loving classic pieces and have recently been raiding my moms closet from when she was my age. Certain classic pieces never go out of style. And the amount of high waisted pants and jumpsuits I have in my closet is absurd.
Having a large social following, what’s the best way for fans to get your attention online?
Send me a message on Instagram! It is the platform I check the most and I will definitely get back to anyone who contacts me on it. I love to hear from people listening to the EP. It is honestly what keeps me going some days.
How important is it to you to use your platform for good?
VERY important. There is no point in having a platform if you are not using it for good, especially in the current state of our country. Now more than ever I think it is important to let people know that they are not alone and as a country we won’t stand for any kind of exclusion. Music brings people from all walks of life together. You could be at a concert standing next to someone who has completely different views than your own, but you might both love the same artist. If that isn’t reason alone to use your platform for good, I don’t know what is!
Any special message for your fans?
I’m so grateful to anyone who is listening, it is what makes the whole damn thing worth it. I poured a lot of my heart into this EP and it is my hope that the songs connect with you all. I cant wait to see you on the road!
1. I brought sushi to kindergarten show and tell. Still my favorite food and was a sure fire way to help me pick out my real friends at the age of 5.
2. I pretty much always make a first date meet me at a dive bar. It reveals a lot about a person.
3. I LOVE baking. If I wasn’t a musician I would have definitely gone to pastry school.
4. I bake when I’m stressed. My roommates love this fact about me.
5. My first concert was Shania Twain and my dad took me. He sang along with me to every word of “Man, I Feel Like a Woman,” and is still one of my biggest supporters.