Emeline is a singer, songwriter, actress, and musician based in Los Angeles. As a writer, she’s known for her biting lyrics, catchy hooks, and minimal yet cutting edge production. Inspired by a variety of genres that is reflected in the numerous diverse projects she has taken on as a songwriter. Her voice has been heard in large crowds such as the Boston Women’s March where she debuted her single “Hush” with a message aiming to empower women to speak up and stand for what they believe in.
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Where were you born and where are you now?
I was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island. One of my favorite places in the world. I spent most of this year there with my mom but I’m now back in Los Angeles. I hold both places and coasts dear to my heart and I have a different creative relationship with both places.
Thanks for sharing your new video 6 FOOT DEEP, tell us the meaning behind it?
The song was inspired by struggles I’ve experienced being a woman particularly in the music industry. I’ve felt quite objectified and belittled time and again and it caused me to hit a breaking point, which is when I wrote this song. I wanted to dramatize my feelings and transport my story into a different era. I worked with my wonderful stylist Cassie Wise, using true-vintage wardrobe from the 1950s. I liked telling the story of a woman not being heard in that setting and era since it was even harder for women to stand up or leave situations back then. Women didn’t usually have the power or financial stability to just leave. So in the story, the only way for her to escape her husband and the men of her past haunting her mind is to murder him. In the song, there is no happy ending or lyrical shift, so I added that twist into the video making him the one who is 6 feet deep.
With an abundance of musical genres out there, which do you gravitate towards more?
It’s important for me to keep a diverse collection of what I listen to as a writer. Genres can be constricting and make you feel like you have to put a limit on how to make melodies and lyrics but it’s important to remember that there are no rules to art. Listening to a diverse collection of music often accidentally seeps into my writing. First and foremost, I am a music fan. As a listener I go through tons of phases so it depends on my mood… there is something about dramatic minor chords that really resonates with me. I love jazz music and musical theatre for that. I love clever pop music too. My current favorite artist to blast in the car is Charli XCX and SOPHIE’s “Vroom Vroom”.
Who are you as a songwriter?
I like to think that as a songwriter, I am my truest self. I get to be vulnerable in a coded manner and include my sense of humor through word play. I love writing gritty lyrics and using production elements to surprise and interact with my listeners. I always think about my listeners and the different relationships my words will create with all kinds of people. I love connecting with people and I think leaning into being true to myself inside of my writing is a beautiful thing. It seems that the more that I’m genuine the more people gravitate to my work and relate to it in their own ways.
Are you involved in activism and where do you stand?
I am! I try to get involved with my local community whenever possible and am a strong believer in equal rights for all human beings. I like to offer my services as an artist in any possible way to fellow activists fighting for equal rights whenever I’m able to. I was a part of organizing the 2017 Boston Women’s March and performed my first single release, “Hush” there which focuses on being resilient even when our voices have been pushed aside. I remember right before I got on stage I called my mom, who was marching in DC, and came out to her as bisexual. I knew I was going to feel unseen and possibly have some of my rights taken away within the next four years but I wanted to feel seen by her before I got up there. My mom couldn’t be more supportive of who I am and what I do. It’s wild to think that the Women’s March was four years ago; our country has been through so much. I do believe there is more hope for us than ever with Donald Trump finally out of office. It’s my responsibility as a cis white person to help uplift the voices of those that are more marginalized than mine and to be continuously actively anti-racist. We are amidst a revolution and revolutions cannot slow down. I also want to thank you for asking about activism and bringing it to the forefront of conversation in every interaction we have.
I am going to be creating a series of self-directed videos for these songs. I’ll be releasing them as singles spread out this whole year and then drop something special, like an EP, to tie it all together at the end of the year. I also have some surprise collaborations to be announced soon! Right now there is an opportunity to be creative in different kinds of ways. I would love to do a virtual release party too. In the meantime, I’ll be in my bedroom making the music and dreaming up shows for future times when it’s safe to get back on the road.
What does Dark Beauty mean to you?
To me, Dark Beauty is freedom of expression. It’s a platform to dive into exploring artists and a safe space for artists to be genuine. Thank you so much for taking the time to interview me and to hear my stories.