Where are you from and what do you do?
My name is Emma and I’m from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I am a musician and when I’m not writing about my many feelings, I work as a nanny.
What triggered you to do music and work with this genre?
I was raised in a very conservative household in which pop music was very much not encouraged or allowed, so naturally I have a deep love and appreciation for pop. My mother used to go to HMV on secret missions for me and slip me cassette tapes of Britney Spears or Broadway soundtracks when my father wasn’t looking. My love of music was truly born out of listening to those tapes over and over in secret, and I held them very sacred. I like to think of TAXI as a dark pop project – my lyrics are not exactly happy, but especially on a track like “Couch”, I enjoy playing with the juxtaposition of a melodramatic lyric with a bouncy pop melody.
Walk us through your creative process, how do you create music, where do you do so? Do you have any rituals that help you creatively?
My creative process in terms of lyrics is usually based off of the notebooks filled with gibberish that I write in everyday, and selecting the bits
from those pages that are usable and pertain to whatever I’m needing to write about. Then I usually work around a key phrase or two with my little keyboard and try to find the right chords or little melodic hooks. In terms of recording this EP itself, I worked with Bernard Frazer in order to bring my rough mappings of songs to life. We met at a songwriter’s circle in 2016, and he approached me to produce the song “Flaky Girl” and we ended up doing an entire EP together at Skylark Park Studios. Bernard is a very intuitive musician and artist, so he is a dream to work with. In terms of understanding the language I use to describe the sounds and feeling of the bare bones of the song and the lyrics, he is truly a kindred spirit and has done an impeccable job of producing a sound that is true to the mood and spirit of the songs. I’m very lucky to have chance met someone who very much understands me as a writer and as an individual.
If you had the chance to collaborate with any artist in the world who would it be and why?
I would love to sit down and have a writing session with Alanis Morissette. She’s kind of the one who started it all for me – Jagged Little Pill was and still remains the most important album to me, and I aim to hold myself accountable as a writer try to that level of brutal emotional honesty. She’s from Ottawa as well!
Which track of yours do your fans HAVE TO listen to (what is your favorite track) and why?
My favourite song on this EP is definitely the title track ‘Intimacy Issues’ – writing it, I was at a place in my life when I was so hurt and mistrusting of anyone who tried to get close to me that I closed myself off emotionally for a very long time. Listening to the song now, no longer feeling that way that I did, I look at it as a necessary step I had to take in order to be able to trust and allow myself to experience real intimacy again. I had to run it all into the ground before I was able to get back up again, which is unfortunately the way that I’ve operated. I guess the next album I’ll have to write about all my other issues, which is a blessing frankly, because I’ll never run out of things to write about.
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