GET TO KNOW: EMMA SEE
Photo: Laetitia Dumez
After establishing herself with her stunning breakthrough single 'About You' in 2019, London-based artist EMMA SEE has now made her long-awaited return with her passionate new effort 'Thinking About It'.
Channelling more of that dense and driven alt-pop sound she is known for, 'Thinking About It' sees her return in stellar form. Packed with pulsing aesthetics, soaring textures, and her own alluring voice at the helm, she is certainly looking to make a massive impact with this one.
So with the new single available now, we sat down with her to find out more about her origins and influences over the years.
What was the first instrument you learned to play?
My dad got me my first guitar when I was around 7. He’s a great guitarist and has taught me how to play. A bit later I picked up the electric guitar, - I remember being very inspired by female artists playing the guitar, such as Avril Lavigne, Taylor Swift, Katie Melua and Tina Dickow.
What was the first album you remember owning?
I grew up in a very musical house. My parents listened a lot to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and ABBA. But I think the first album I owned myself was ‘… Baby one more time’ by Britney Spears. I remember getting it in a CD-store, I must’ve been around 8 years old.
Did you ever form a band when you were younger and if so, what did they sound like?
I started writing songs from a very early age, even before I could play an instrument. My dad would accompany me on guitar and help me out with the chords. I remember quite clearly being fascinated with songwriting; how melodies and words would appear out of nowhere like magic, and then you’d have a song. My dad had this make-shift studio in a shed in our backyard where we would record covers and my own songs. This lead to me starting a band with my friends at the age of 9 and we’d play the songs I’d written and recorded with my dad.
What is a song you wish you had written yourself?
There are so many, it’s hard to just pick one. The first song that comes to mind though is ‘Hard Feelings’ by Lorde. For me, writing music is all about capturing emotions; it’s about how you feel when writing, performing and listening to it.
This song gets me in my feels and gives me goosebumps every time. The way Lorde captures emotions is just on another level.
What has been the most thrilling moment about creating your own music?
The creation of a song can be such a thrilling experience I think.. when you’re in the zone and everything just flows. An example of a thrilling moment I’ve had creating music, was when I had my first session with my producer bAd Entity back in March. We immediately connected and were just in a creative flow throughout the whole session.. creating music together felt a little bit like magic. In that session we started writing my newest single ‘Thinking About It’.
And what about the most frustrating part?
I can be quite the perfectionist and bit of a harsh critic of my own music. That can sometimes be frustrating. It’s definitely something I’m practicing; quieting that inner critic and not letting it get in the way of taking action.
Which artist would you most love to share a stage with?
Tove Lo or The Weeknd.
Where do you see yourself in five years time? Hopefully in five years time, music is my full-time job and I’m able to live from writing and performing. I’d like to still be creating music that I love with likeminded creatives that I admire and respect. Right now I’m doing everything independently, so if I’ve managed to build a team around me by then that’d be pretty cool as well.
Most importantly, I see myself living a healthy, fulfilled life, surrounded by the people that I love, doing what I love. -
EMMA SEE's new single 'Thinking About It' is available to stream now. Check it out below.