Each artistic direction begins with a beat that forms a story! We are happy to introduce you to the immersive world of storytelling of amazing and talented musician – Emily Daccarett!
[Blaster] Thank you for your time Emily! What music did you grow up listening to?
Emily: My parents were always playing Queen, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Micheal Jackson, David Bowie, Blondie …… I fell in love with the 70s and 80s. There is a sincere feeling that they were discovering something completely new, something that we cant ever replicate. I think that’s what I love the most, the imperfections make that sound and style perfect. We have consoles and plugins that re-create the gritty compression of recording on tape, but the spirit that made up the 70s and 80s cannot be fabricated.
[Blaster] How did you become involved in music production?
Emily: I studied fashion design in Paris and moved to LA to start on my womenswear brand. The French song “Je t’aime, moi non plus” was the inspiration behind my first collection and I wanted to use that song in the fashion film I had produced and the runway show, but the license was taking to long to approve, so we had to go with plan b, use original music. This is how I met my good friend and collaborator, S. Peace Nistades. Peace and I bonded over our love of french pop and we began working on the music on our first meeting. I fell in love with the whole process and we kept collaborating on original music for all my fashion shows after that. With each new song we wrote, my desire to pursue music as well as fashion continued to grow. I took some time to go to music school so I could work on my craft as a songwriter, and more importantly to learn how to produce myself. As I began learning how to use different DAWS, I began writing new songs which eventually became my ep, Cannibal.
[Blaster] How would you describe your musical style?
Emily: I take a lot of influence from the 70s and 80s. I sit somewhere in Alternative pop and Dream pop. Depending on the story we are telling with the album or ep, it might be more pop-rock or super 80s pop. I also take a lot of inspiration from movies and try to give the songs a cinematic flair.
[Blaster] Who writes your songs?
Emily: I write my songs to be a sort of escapism for people. I want them to dream and get lost in their imagination. Music for me has always been a doorway to my fantasies, as we grow and life continues to throw its blows, one thing it never takes away is our ability to dream.
I write all my lyrics and my producer/composer, S. Peace Nistades, writes the music. For my ep, Cannibal I wrote all the demo tracks and lyrics before going to Peace, which felt amazing. On the new album we are working on, he is writing the music as I’m writing the lyrics. It’s an exciting project that highlights our love of film making and storytelling.
[Blaster] Do you collaborate with other musicians? What is that process?
Emily: I love collaborations, it’s a great way to push you out of your comfort zone. It really depends on the project, but I like to keep the process fun. It’s important for everyone to feel like their voice is getting heard.
[Blaster] Where do you find your artistic inspiration?
Emily: I find a lot of it in film from Italian director Federico Fellini, to Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner, David Lynch’s Blue Velvet, to Quentin Tarantino, I love it all. It escites me, moves me, pushes me to dream.
[Blaster] What skills have you learned that will help you in your music career?
Emily: I have a lot of experience working on shoots, with stylists, working as a designer, and set designer. I use these skills to build and develop my image and aesthetics. For me, music and fashion go hand in hand.
[Blaster] Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organization?
Emily: I’m working with my own indie record label and I’m part of ASCAP.
[Blaster] Who are you inspired by?
Emily: I’m inspired by David Bowie, Kate Bush, Serge Gainsbourg, Vanessa Paradis, Carla Bruni, and Lana Del Rey. I love artists who are not afraid of change and continue to adapt and evolve as they get older.
[Blaster] What are the main topics for most of your songs? Do you think topics will change overtime?
Emily: I write about love, love lost, dreams, self-care, and nostalgia. I think as I change these topics will change with me, but I feel like I’m just barely scraping the surface with these themes.
[Blaster] What are you working on right now? Did you release something in the past? What do you feel is the best song you ever released and why?
Emily: I’m working on my new album! I’m also working on a new collection and accessories for the end of the year. Last November I released my ep, Cannibal, and in February 2020 I released my single Love Chain featuring Swedish singer Klara G.
I feel Growin Addiction is my best song. I wrote it with the intention of using it for a fashion show, I wanted it to have that catwalk energy and just ooze atmosphere.
[Blaster] At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
Emily: I hope people are reminded to dream and to let go of all the stress they have for a couple of minutes. I’m the kind of girl that likes to remind people to stop and smell the roses.
[Blaster] What would be your dream collaboration, with any musician or producer?
Emily: I would love to collaborate with Lana Del Rey. I love the nostalgic bubble she has created and continues to explore. Her music makes you feel like its ok to stop and enjoy the moment.
[Blaster] How do you balance your music with other obligations – school, hobby, job?
Emily: I take a deep breath and power through it all. I’m still trying to figure it out. On paper it sounds easy, you set a certain amount of time for one thing then move to the next, but when it comes to designing or writing music, you can’t just say ” I’ll be done to two hours”. Those two hours can turn to 20 and then boom you’re behind on everything else.
[Blaster] Would you like to give any message to your fans?
Emily: Despite everything that is going on in the world, please do not lose hope! Focus on yourself and find the small things that make you happy. Time is unforgiving and we’ll never get it back, so enjoy what you can now. I love you all and thank you for your support!