A Q&A with Emily Daccarett
Fashion designer and friends making all the right noises…
How did you get the title of your latest single/album/EP, and what does it mean to you?
‘Cannibal’ is the name of one of my songs in this EP and when all the songs were put together the theme of “cannibal” just seemed to fit so perfectly. To me it symbolises letting go of all the fears and doubts I had that slowly were consuming me about pursuing my music career.
What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
I wrote ‘Red Light’ last and it had a psychedelic rock style, while the other songs had a very distinct 80s pop influence. It did not fit at all with the other songs. We had to work on the arrangement without losing the atmosphere that ‘Red Light’ created. At one point we thought of dropping it from the ep and releasing it on its own, but we finally managed a way to have a cohesive sound throughout all the songs without losing their identities.
Who produced the release, and how would you say they helped shape it?
I co-produced my EP with film composer/producer S. Peace Nistades. Once I wrote and recorded demos of my songs, I took them to Peace right away. We had worked together on original music for my fashion films, so I knew he would bring in the cinematic feel that I wanted this EP to have. The EP has a story arc and as you listen through the songs, you hear certain elements and harmonies carry over that further the story.
What do you want the listener to take away from hearing your music?
I want them to dream and get lost in their imagination. I try to create an escapism with the music I write.
How does a track normally come together for the band? Can you tell us a bit about that process?
It depends. Sometimes I’ll produce the track and lyrics on my own, or I’ll write the lyrics and Peace will write the music and we just go back and forth. After the songs are written, we record with the band.
How would you say that the sound of your band has changed over the last year?
We are pushing a bit more of a 70s rock vibe in our performance. I think in general becoming closer and you hear that when we play live.
What bands/artists have influenced you the most since you started your own band/project, and why?
David Bowie, Serge Gainsbourg, Vanessa Paradis, Carla Bruni, and Kate Bush. I’m a storyteller and use music to create the stories. David Bowie created characters, changed genres, was a fashion icon… it was about discovery and less about making money.
When the world is back to normal, where would you really like to tour, and why?
I would love to go tour in the UK, because it’s where I get most of my streams. I’m so grateful to have so many people listen to my music there! I would love to connect with them.
If you could only pick one track for our reader to listen to, to get a taster of your music, which one would you go far, and why?
‘Growin Addiction’. This song I wrote with the intention of using it for a fashion show. I wanted it to have the energy and seduction of the catwalk. I started out as a fashion designer and now I’m also pursuing my music career. With ‘Growin Addiction’ everything finally made sense to me on how I could fuse my two worlds together, fashion and music.
Where do you see your band in five years’ time?
I see us touring, playing local live gigs in LA, and playing music festivals.
‘Cannibal’ EP by Emily Daccarett is out now
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