Emmer has a passion for Asbury Park
Emerging from the local music scene, Emmer is sitting on the shoulders of legends. Asbury Park has a history of churning out some amazing music, with Emmer being no exception. This talented young lady is taking to the stage of The Asbury Lanes on Saturday June 1st for her EP release and she is poised to soar to heights that go far beyond the streets of Asbury Park. I caught up to talk about her musical influences, there uber personal touches she puts into her music, and what the music she makes and her career rise is truly a family affair.
Em, you’re musically, so well beyond your years. When did you know that music would be your passion?
Emmer: Thank you, that is very kind if you to say. My parents have told me that I have always understood the language of music from a very young age. I would be singing the ABC’s and then merge into Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star because I knew the melodies are the same. I do get a chuckle when they tell me that. My first experience playing in a band was when it really hit me. I was seven years old and so nervous to perform. When I got on stage at the Brighton Bar in Long Branch and felt the energy of the crowd, I was soaring!
Describe your style and type of music that you are playing and writing nowadays?
E: My music is very emotional. I write what I am feeling and from my life experiences. I try not to label myself as one style or genre because I am young and I know I will grow or the goal is to continue to grow and evolve as a person and musician. Right now I think I am in a singer/ songwriter or Indie category, but who knows one day I could be more like Taylor Momsen form The Pretty Reckless!
What artists offer you the most inspiration and that you are really loving right now?
E: Well the list is long, but always The Beatles and The Beach Boys! Things I am currently listening to and have been inspired creatively lately are The Cranberries, Coldplay, Avril Lavigne, Sixpence None The Richer, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Shinedown, Rage Against The Machine and Amy Winehouse.
Writing is an extremely personal experience and some of your songs share very personal feelings. What is it like putting some of these things to music? What is one song that you wrote that you are especially passionate about?
E: Right now, everything I am sharing in the EP Ache is very personal and really meant something to me. Moments of real sadness and pain that I had to get out in a healthy way. I am fortunate to have writing and music as my outlet. Not everyone has something in their life that helps heal them. That is what my song Sign Language is about. I lost someone to suicide, I didn’t see the signs at all. Now I was younger, so I probably wouldn’t have ever been aware if the signs. But this friend was so happy. Always smiling and brightening my day. I couldn’t understand the pain they were in. It took me a long time to process what happened. And this song Sign Language came form that. I just want to help spread awareness about mental health and I hope that this song does that.
Asbury Park is part of your musical journey, including performing at The Stone Pony and your upcoming EP release on June 1, 2019 at the Asbury Lanes. What does having the support of such a musical town mean to you? What is it like for you performing on those legendary stages?
E: Asbury has always been in my life. My family would bring to the beach as a baby. When I started at Lakehouse Music Academy, Asbury became my home. I have played in so many amazing venues like The Stone Pony, Wonder Bar, Asbury Lanes, Convention Hall, APYC and my personal favorite High Voltage! Love the Lavender Latte there!
I do have to say though, there is nothing better then playing the biggest stage of all the Boardwalk! I bask over the summer and met so many amazing people in the Asbury community. As a musician, I can honestly say that my fellow musicians in Asbury are so supportive of one another. It’s so refreshing when this industry can be so competitive.
Family support is everything for so many artists; what has it been like to make your career somewhat of a family affair?
E: So at this point, my career is a family journey. My parents are with me at all times which means my brother Aiden is always in tow. He comes to most of my gigs and has even missed out on events or holidays because of it. He is the true definition of an amazing brother! My parents have invested everything into me and my music. They have spent time and money to make sure I am doing what I love everyday. My family have been and always will be my biggest supporters and I cannot thank them enough for that.
For younger artists, the future can be full of so many questions. Where do you want to be or see yourself in five years?
E: Five years from now, I am hoping to be in a music college pursuing my goals of furthering my music education. Hopefully I will still be writing original music for myself, it would be nice to write for others as well. I also enjoy writing books, so it will be nice if I have completed one by then!
What gives you the most pride as an artist?
E: I am proud of my work ethic. I work really hard to do what I do. I practice daily at home. And I go to lessons and rehearsals that total almost 20 plus hours a week. That doesn’t include gigs. I do that all while being a full-time middle school student and still managing honor roll. I’d say that is something to be proud of.
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