Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Emily Wells:: Take It Easy, San Francisco

Emily {MySpace} is making her rounds in the Interwebs {Flavorpill}, fusing classical music with a jazz and hip-hop influence in a way that's reminiscent of trip-hop .  The following was shot in Salt Lake City as part of the successful Hotel Café tour {12 November 2008}. as part of KRCL's Live@5 series on 90.9 FM. 

In this interview, she mentions the endless possibilities of creating in the studio, but also the the energy of the live performance {dare I say aura à la Walter Benjamin} & how she turned down a recording contract when she was younger::
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 that happen?   
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. 
This interview {Nuvo} is interesting, as it talks about how after she found her own voice after being influenced by the music industry marketing machine::
"Then I also had a period of total vagabond-style living, trucking around and playing where I could. I eventually settled in Los Angeles, and I kind of started over in a way because I had such a strong influence from the label [Epic], trying to get me to write catchy songs and having a vision for this young girl. I was pretty obsessed with recording; it wasn't like I was any good at it but I was definitely interested in it. So I taught myself the basics and then grew from there and started collecting instruments."

Here's the track, "Juicy" from the Dirty EP {2009), via Flavorpill.  Yes, this is a cover of Notorious B.I.G.::

Image:: from Last.FM user TommyHoff

Twitterversion:: #EmilyWells making the rounds on the Internet, merging classical, jazz, & hip-hop, creating a layered sound http://url.ie/2fir @Prof_K

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