Introducing... Emma Harrop
It may be early days for Emma Harrop, she's unsigned and just starting out on the gig circuit, but anyone who has listened to her self-penned music would be unable to deny she has an impressive talent both as a songwriter and a singer. Guitar-driven female singer-songwriters seem to be in vogue right now - it's a crowded genre and it takes something special to shine; we think Emma manages that in a way that demonstrates true confidence and belief in herself.
She kindly found a few minutes of her time to talk to us about her music and her plans...
Would you like to introduce yourself to the TDF readership?
Hello! I'm an acoustic singer songwriter from the North West living in London. I would describe my sound as a mix of pop and rock with a bit of attitude and charisma thrown in for good measure. I wear my heart on my sleeve and like to tell it like it is.
You've just released 'Early Days' and 'Desparation' on SoundCloud - can you tell us a little about these tracks?
I would describe 'Early Days' as a bit of an anti-love song. It illustrates the decline of the honeymoon period when you've been in a relationship beyond the time where you feel like you need to make the effort you did at the start and begin to take it for granted. I think a lot of people will be able to relate to this song. It's not intended to evoke bitterness or negative feelings - I'd say it's more nostalgic.
'Desperation' I'd say may be a little less literal and a bit more open for interpretation. It definitely has a dark undertone which is a theme I tend to touch on within most of my songs. It has an angsty vibe about it both lyrically and musically, the version I have up at the moment is quite raw. I would love to experiment with this track by introducing more instruments to give a heavier, full on sound. The song is about seeing someone change beyond recognition, being let down, and then finally giving up on them, while they remain oblivious!
Do you have an earliest musical memory? Was there a record or act that made you think 'I want to do this!'
The album that paved the way for everything was Blink 182 Take Off Your Pants And Jacket. I only really listened to the charts previous to this, but after being given that album to listen to from a friend in school I then went on to buy their entire back catalogue as well as getting into other similar bands. This then spurred me on to learn guitar as I wanted to be part of that world. I also have to mention another album I discovered a little later which was Alkaline Trio From Here To Infirmary - another life changing album. That turned me into a superfan. They are still my favourite band to this day.
What influences your music?
Other music from an eclectic mix of genres. I can flip from listening to Motown to nu metal quite easily, a good song is a good song! Non-musical influences would just be living life, experiencing the rough and the smooth, picking up on the little details and expressing things people may think but might not vocalise. Also anything I hear that I find interesting, funny, or profound that I think could tell a story with an original take on it.
If we were to look at your MP3 player, is there anything on there you'd rather we didn't see? Do you have your own stuff on there?
I really love soulful voices but I'd probably you rather not see Billy ocean and Michael Bolton. I am also guilty of my cheesy 90s club classics! And yeah I do have my own stuff on there because I am always thinking of new things I can add or improve on them.
Is there any style of music you just don't get?
Probably hardcore screamo, I don't mind the odd backing screams for effect, but I don't like it when its all the way through the song. I think it's because lyrics are a big thing for me so they need to be understood to be felt.
You're currently looking for more exposure - do you have any exciting things coming up?
I will be performing at two festivals this summer: Eastbourne Extreme Festival weekend of 13/14 July, and then Give Back Festival which is on the 3rd August. Both are free! There are more gigs which you can find on my Facebook page, but I am always looking to book more! Emma Harrop Official
What's the question we should have asked you today?
You should have asked me about my free download! 'Early Days' is there on Soundcloud now so go and get it!
Photographs by Amy Wilson