Photo by Josh McCawley
Emecia are an awesome Australian band and they have their debut album out now and this is what they have to say.
1. How did you get into music?
I grew up listening to my dad’s music collection, which comprised of mostly 80s rock and metal. He had cases of mix tapes he made over the years. A lot of stuff that was fast, aggressive and full of passion.
2. How did the inspiration for the album come about?
It was something we’ve wanted to do for years so it inevitably had to happen. It’s essentially a time capsule of thoughts and feelings; trials and tribulations that we’ve all encountered over the last few years. There are lots of things in there that nearly broke me but ultimately made me stronger.
3. How does a song start for you?
Thoughts float around in my head until I purge them on to paper. It usually starts off as a tangled mess. As I keep writing, I start to understand what I’m trying to express. The hard part is working out how to say it.
4. Where do you get your inspiration from?
Life. Things I see, hear, feel and experience. I draw inspiration from anything and everything.
5. Has your song writing changed from when you were starting out?
The way a song forms is still very similar, but these days we have our own little home studios, so the production side of things has become a lots more streamlined. It’s become a lot easier to start putting something together and then tweak it until we’re all happy with the result.
6. What has been the best piece of advice you have given about your music career?
Never expect anything.
7. Do you have set theme for your music or does it go with the flow and changes?
If it’s eating away at me, it’s probably what I’m writing about at the time. Writing, and just generally keeping creative, stops things from eternally rattling around in my skull.
8. Do like to write without inspiration or distractions or do you need a bit of both?
When I’m ready I write, I write. I don’t think you can force yourself to create. It happens when it happens. It’s a cathartic process, for sure.
9. How important is having a plan in place for your music?
Very. We are constantly setting ourselves new goals. It helps drive us to keep pushing forwards. I don’t ever want to fall back on being satisfied with what we’ve done. We always strive for better. Complacency is the death of art.
10. How important is your brand Emecia?
It’s a big part of me. It’s full of my blood, sweat and tears. It’s used as a tool to express things that I don’t know how to express in any other way.