Interview: Emilia Tarrant

We enjoyed listening to your song “Here You Are, Again”. What is the story behind the song and how did you create/write it? Also, what inspired the song title?
I wrote ‘Here You Are, Again’ after a drop in my mental state when we entered the second UK lockdown of last year. It’s something I really struggled with, and so sitting at the piano and writing about it helped me process how I was feeling. I realised that mental health comes and goes as it pleases, which is what inspired the track name, but whether it is mental health, a complicated relationship, or the recent ups and downs of the pandemic, I feel the song is relatable to anyone who struggles with the repetitive nature of life.

We’ve watched the music video that accompanies the song. What ideas went into making the video and is there any story – or message – that you hope the video contains?
Often when I song-write, I always find there are images in my head which embody the song and how I am feeling. With ‘Here You Are, Again’ though, it was not only an image, but a feeling of movement, hence the running and driving in the video. I wanted to put that feeling of adrenaline into the video. The director, Cristian Necula, did such a great job of enrapturing that for me, and the moodiness of the song too. The lighting in the warehouse shots was so cool! Plus, driving round an old Bentley was pretty fun.

If you had to describe your sound, how would you do so? Furthermore, what artists (or other sources) do you cite as influences?
Whilst recording my debut EP (‘Honeymoon Phase EP’) over the past year, I’ve been working hard in the studio to find my sound, with help from my incredible producer Luke Potashnick (Gabrielle Aplin). I have forever been obsessed with synths, and ‘reverby’ guitars and vocals, but Luke and I explored further than this, and ‘Here You Are, Again’ is a good example of a production I never thought I’d go for, but absolutely love! In general, I describe my music as ballad/electro/pop. I have so much more musical exploring to do in the future though!

When recording my EP, including ‘Here You Are, Again’, I took massive inspiration from artists such as Lennon Stella, Sody, Kings of Leon, Amber Run etc. So many different inspirations, so many different genres!

What have been career highlights so far? And what is on your bucket list that you’d want to achieve?
One of my career highlights has to be having two of my singles played on Love Island, my debut ‘If You Want Love’ in 2019 and more recently ‘Honeymoon Phase’ in this year’s 2021 series! What a whirlwind. I will also never forget playing in the Houses of Parliament, slightly different from my usual gig (!), and getting to song-write with a few of my inspirations, including Joe Keogh from Amber Run and Jamie Lawson. Finally finishing my EP has also been a massive achievement for me, especially after so many lockdowns, and I can’t wait for everyone to hear it from the 20th August!

If you could be the main support for any living artist, who would that be for and why? Alternatively, what would be your dream live booking?

It would definitely have to be Coldplay! They have always been my favourite band, and after watching them play an awesome gig back in 2017, I couldn’t think of any other artist I’d rather support. 

What artists have you been listening to? Additionally, who should others be listening to?
Recently, I’ve been listening to a lot of female artist on the rise, including Sody, Holly Humberstone and Mathilda Homer. All three artists are massive inspirations to me, and definitely worth checking out!  

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Original Photo credit: Elle English (at Kings Theatre, Portsmouth)

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