Introducing: Emily Burns
Hey Emily, hope you’re good. Can you introduce yourself to The Music Fix readers if they’re not familiar with you?
Hello! I’m great thank you! My name’s Emily Burns and I’m a vocalist /songwriter/musician with a pop/R&B sound.
So how did things get started for you? Tell us a bit about your background.
I started off by recording rough demos when I was around 15, at a studio near my hometown of Rugby. I then uploaded these onto the BBC Introducing Uploader, my local one being Coventry and Warwickshire and luckily they started giving them some airtime! With their help and support, I ended up attending a music masterclass at Abbey Road Studios where I’ve worked with producers/engineers and developed my sound further. Gradually my network expanded and I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some incredibly talented people over the past few years.
What can you tell us about your debut single?
I wrote 'Take It Or Leave It' based on personal experience, as I do with the majority of my songs. I was jamming with a friend when we created the marimba line which runs through the track… After that, the lyrics sort of fell out as a conscious stream of thought. I suppose it’s about being held in limbo with a person, not knowing whether you’ll remain just as friends or if the relationship might progress into something more.
Where are you in terms of an album, can we expect something next year, or a few more singles first?
I’ve got a whole bunch of songs written that I’m very happy with and that I really hope will make the first album. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing writers and producers and I feel I’ve definitely developed my own style now which is super exciting. Keen to release a few more singles first and I’m particularly looking forward to the one which will follow 'Take It Or Leave It'.
What’s your process for writing/choosing songs to record?
You should see the notes section on my phone! Whenever I’m out and about and I hear something nice or see something inspiring, I’ll make a note of it. I’ll usually start the writing process by picking up my guitar and playing some (hopefully) nice chords. For me, the melody will follow after that… I’m constantly writing new stuff. Probably only one in every ten will end up finished and recorded!
What’s been your best experience in 2016?
I’ve had so much fun this year, it’s really hard to pick one best experience! I think what I’m most proud of is the fact that I’ve now got a band together, which makes playing live an entirely different experience. My first proper gig with the band was at The London Palladium, supporting Bryan Ferry… which was incredible! Probably the highlight of 2016 for me!
And what does 2017 hold for you?
In 2017 I’ll be releasing new music from the very start of the year. I also plan to travel a lot more and hope to play for loads of new people.
You’re pretty active on social media so my question is: pain in the butt or vital to artists in 2016?
Thanks for noticing! I actually really enjoy the social media side of music, hence me being so active online. I love interacting with people on facebook/twitter/Instagram. It’s a pretty instant way to get feedback on what you’re doing which I think is great… I’m always posting videos/random anecdotes. I think maybe I just make myself laugh a bit too much!
What artists do you look at when you’re looking for inspiration?
I love a lot of current music. I find it’s important to keep listening to what’s new, so artists like Nao, Frank Ocean, BANKS are very inspirational to me. I also love old soul music and look up to artists like Stevie Wonder and Etta James. I remember seeing a video of Etta James performing, 'I’d Rather Go Blind' in Montreux in 1975 and the passion radiating out of that woman blew me away! We need more of that in the world!
If we looked on your phone what’s the most embarrassing music you have on there?
Haha! Purely for the nostalgia, the most embarrassing song on my phone is probably 'Hey Baby' by DJ Otzi. Bizarrely, this is the song that inspired my first ever song, 'Shooting Stars' … I was only 6 so, give me a break!
We always like to check; is there a musical style you just don’t get?
I can definitely appreciate all types of music! I love pop, country, R&B, Motown etc. My brother is in a melodic hardcore band and I actually really enjoy seeing them play live! As long as you can tell people are passionate about their music, I usually enjoy listening to it!
If you could only listen to one song this week, what would it be?
If we’re just talking this week it’d have to be 'Miss You' by Gabrielle Aplin. I absolutely love the new direction for her and that song is a total tune! I’ve had it on repeat for the past four days!
OK, how about the one song you couldn’t never listen to again?
If someone told me I could never listen to Amy Winehouse’s version of, 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow' again, I’d be very, very, very upset.
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
You should have asked me what my keepy-up record is… definitely more impressive than any of this.
Finally, how do you take your coffee? (Or alcohol?)
Call me boring but, I always take my coffee black. If we’re talking booze, you can’t beat a gin and tonic!
Thanks so much for your time Emily.
Thanks for having me! I hope you like the single.
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Emily is throwing a single launch party at The Sanctum Hotel on 30 November. Take a look for more details on the free guest list.