RGM Introducing: Our interview with Emilia Tarrant
What made you decide to become a soloist?
I never really decided, it just happened! From the first time I ever touched the piano, writing music came so naturally to me, and became something I “just did”. I love playing and writing with others, but writing from my own experiences makes being a soloist really enjoyable.
Introduce us all to you and your musical history?
I grew up in a music-loving household and started songwriting and playing the piano from the age of 12, and have never stopped since! My family used to play bands such as Doves, Foals, Kings of Leon and Coldplay in the car and they are still some of my favourite bands to this day. From there, my songwriting got better as I aged (a lot) and I met my now manager Jeff Powell from Big Hug Management. The rest is history!
Do you sign up to any conspiracy theories?
What support is out there for new artists in Winchester?
In Winchester, not much! It’s not exactly known for being a very musical area, which I always found a shame… I have performed for a Winchester Sofar Sounds though, which was excellent, and learnt a great deal from studying at Peter Symonds College, where I did Music A-Level and Music Production, as well as performing as part of Soul Band, so I guess those count! I travel quite a lot to local Southampton, London, Portsmouth (etc.) too though, which are all amazing places to perform.
Who is inspiring you at the minute on the Winchester unsigned scene?
Again, not a lot going on in Winchester, so not really anyone at the moment! 💔 As I was going through school though, I was inspired by Josh Savage, who had left the same school a few years before me and followed a singer-songwriter career. I thought it was amazing that he had released songs of his own and was playing gigs, and was desperate to do it myself!
What useless party trick /talent do you have/?
I can dislocate my jaw…
What was the most fun you have had on stage?
The most fun I’ve had on stage has to be my first gig back in London after all this time in lockdown! I played The Old Blue Last to a full room of people, and it was such a surreal experience. Never felt so good to be on stage.
What was the worst experience on stage?
My worst experience on stage has to be when I played a London showcase back in 2019; the band before me had a full room of people, but when I started playing, only a few stuck around to watch… My voice also felt very weak after having a cold (although apparently, no one could tell) and my confidence just plummeted! At the time I was still learning what it was like to play gigs, and even though I didn’t enjoy it at the time, it is still a valid part of my journey as an artist.
If you had to describe your sound to an alien how would you describe it?
Out of this world…
What’s your biggest achievement as an artist?
My biggest achievement so far has probably been releasing the EP. I worked so hard with Luke Potashnick to finish it and took care in every detail, and it’s something I’m really proud of. I’ve always dreamt about releasing it, and getting to perform it live has also just been amazing.
What makes you stand out as an artist?
Everyone tells me it’s my songwriting! I feel very beyond my years in some ways, and I think people hear that in my songs.
Right now, what’s pissing you off the most? (Can’t say the virus )
The fly that won’t leave me alone while I’m answering these questions!
Other than the fly, definitely my mental health. It’s something I’ve accepted and learnt to live with, like so many other people, but although it makes for great opportunities for songwriting, it does get in the way of living life as I’d like to. It pops up and disappears so out of the blue, as I talk about in my song ‘Here You Are, Again’, and can get overly frustrating sometimes!
What’s your favourite song to play live and why?
At the moment it has to be ‘If Love Is A Gun’, one of the songs from my debut EP. I wrote it over 3 years ago now, and to finally be able to play it to an audience is so satisfying, especially as it is more up-tempo than some of my other singles.
We recently reviewed your last single. How did you feel the review went?
Yes! I absolutely loved your review of ‘Here You Are, Again’. It means so much to me that people have such nice and thoughtful things to say about my songwriting and voice. To everyone reading, go check it out if you haven’t already!
I hear you have a new single brewing, what can you tell us about it?
My new single has just been released on my debut EP, the ‘Honeymoon Phase EP’! It’s called ‘September’ and is the final track on the project. I wrote it with the lovely Archie Faulks back in September (of course) last year, during a time when I was quite reflective on 2020 and the end of summer. I feel September is a month of ‘drawing the curtains’ as autumn arrives, which can be quite tough, and ‘tender’ for some.
Talk me through the thought process of the single?
Archie and I took lyrical inspiration from the events of the month, my favourites having to be ‘berries are bitter, the swallows have flown’. I loved exploring this sort of lyricism with him, as well as picking up it’s pace with producer Luke Potashnick (Gabrielle Aplin) in the studio. As the final track of the EP, we wanted its production to be quite etherial; a calming way to encapsulate and reflect on the EP as a collection of thoughts.
What was the recording process like?
As like the other singles on the EP, recording in Luke Potashnick’s studio was a dream. Set in beautiful Somerset countryside, recording ‘September’ came so naturally. We started with the simple acoustic guitar melody, and build from that. Using the vocoder on my vocal was something we loved from the get-go, as well as the simple beat. We loved how relaxing and therapeutic it sounded. Having Archie’s BVs too was a must!
What was the biggest learning curve in writing the single?
‘September’ was something I wouldn’t normally write on my own, and so collaborating with Archie helped me find a new sound and songwriting sound!
Would you change anything now it’s finished?
Not at all, it’s my favourite I’ve released so far.
What are your plans for the year ahead?
Recording EP 2! And just playing lots of gigs. I am currently also in the midst of putting together a band; I can’t wait to play with full production on stage.
Is there anything else you would like to share with the world?
Just keep streaming and follow me on social media! Every stream, every song bought and every follow means more than you can imagine. Check out some of my upcoming gigs on social media too!