AE: I’ve heard you love working in the studio because of
the endless possibilities, but there is something special about a live
show. How do you feel about the outcome of your live show vs. studio
work? Is it as satisfying?
EW: It’s totally satisfying. In a way you can’t dwell
on things. It happened in the moment or it is happening, you know what
I’m saying? With studio recordings you can take it with you and play
it in all sorts of places. You can nit pick it, so there’s a type of
restlessness with that. I love the feeling after playing a live show.
There’s no drug that can compare.
AE: With the live-looping, you probably feed off the
audience while you are playing—
EW: Absolutely. You don’t have that live audience
when you’re in the studio. I use to think of it like a hot air
balloon. The more the audience gives to you, the more full the balloon
becomes and it lifts you up.
AE: So you turned down a major record deal, huh. When did
EW: Well, I got the offer when I was about 19. The
whole thing got started when I was 17 or 18. It was one of those
situations where I needed to develop a lot more as an artist. They
wanted me to develop in a more mainstream sort of way. Not that I knew
what I was doing. I just knew I didn’t want to do that.
AE: It can be kind of permanent.
EW:That’s true. When you get a lot of promotion for
something, you are kind of stuck doing that. It’s not like you can’t
do whatever you want to do on your own anyway, but it’s about people
taking you seriously after that.
AE: It had to feel good to get that sort of validation.
EW: Yeah, totally. It came out of nowhere for me. I
was just this kid who made a CD and this fancy person in NY liked it.
I was like whoa, okay. So, I went on the ride for a while, but then I
had to get off.
AE: Do you feel like being a female in the music business
has made it difficult to get your music heard?
EW: I feel like I have a very gender diverse
audience. Honestly, there might be more dudes. I don’t really care one
way or another, but the diversity is great. Sure, I get put into that
girl-singer-thing at first, but after people hear it all that matters
is that they keep listening.
AE: Is there anything weird, funny, a lucky charm that you
always bring on the road when you tour?
EW: Okay, this is really embarrassing. I’m not proud
of this at all. Let me preface it with that. I have this lucky pair of
socks that I always wear on stage. On the socks, it says “I’m too
sexy.” I wear them at every single show that I play which on the road
can get kinda gnarly…you gotta do a little sink wash. I can’t believe
I just told you that. I’ve never told any [interviewer] that. You made
me all comfortable.
Listen to Emily’s music at her MySpace page and look for her new album on May 26