You just cant fail to be impressed when you first meet (and hear)
local singer/songwriter Emma Chamberlain for the first time. Not only
is she one of the most strikingly beautiful women youre ever likely
to meet, shes also blessed with bucketloads of talent, having
written a plethora of tunes that are all either impressively rocky,
enormously touching or downright hilarious. I thought she deserved a
plug on this website so I stalked her for a while (just kidding
I bumped into her at a recording studio) and here is the resultant interview.
AD: You are currently recording your debut album in Leicester. For the
benefit of our readers, can you describe what you are hoping to achieve
and how you are hoping for it to sound?
EC: As this is my first album, I hope to be proud of it and that
people will like my music. I hope for it to sound different to a lot
of the music thats out at the moment. My songs are mostly guitar,
drums and bass not the computerised kind.
AD: Have you any plans to play some live shows in the near future
and what would be your idea of a perfect gig?
EC: Not as such, at the moment Im working really hard to create
this album. Im really critical of my work which means I could
write 30 songs and only like three of them enough to record. I would
like to do some live shows at some point but the recording of this album
AD: You wrote and performed a track recently for the childrens
charity Wishes For Kids, and it has had fairly extensive
radio coverage. How did that come about and can you tell us a little
more about that charity?
EC: Yeah, The charity is based under Bedrock studios where I record
with my producer, Scott Gilbert, who's done wonders for my work. Russell
the founder of the charity asked me if I would write them a song, and
I was thrilled to be asked. The charity grants wishes for terminally
ill children, they have done some amazing things for example they have
taken children to meet Blue, Westlife, Steps, Nickelback, even the Pope!
Anyway Russell rang around different radio stations and luckily they
agreed to interview us and play the song on air.
AD: One of the things that struck me about your music was the amusingly
sardonic lyrical content. Lines like Ive left your clothes
in a black bin bag outside made me laugh out loud for example
(it put me in mind of a bloke having been kicked out who is now rummaging
through the dustbin in his birthday suit!). How do you get the inspiration
for your lyrics? Its refreshing and rather unusual to hear such
intelligent and witty song words these days you see!
EC: Thanks. I get most of my inspiration from films. I hear a line
from one of the characters that somehow stays in my mind, and then I
pick up on the emotions of the character. Not many of my songs are from
AD: What do you hope to achieve with this album, both short term
and long term? (i.e. What is your short term plan to achieve your ultimate
goal and what IS that ultimate goal?)
EC: My ultimate goal is to break into the music industry or at least
make a living from my music. In the short term I hope for people to
enjoy the album and get the songs stuck in their head! In the long term
I hope to be signed to a label and release some of the songs from the
AD: Do you come from a particularly musical family?
EC: Not really, my mother and sister are tone deaf and thats
putting it kindly! My dad on the other hand was in a few bands in his
AD: What is it about the idea of becoming a well known singer/songwriter
that appeals to you the most?
EC: The money! Only joking, I love the buzz I get when Im
on stage and the audience has just applauded one of my songs.
AD: Lets say you become a celebrity, you have countless excellent
reviews from music magazines and newspapers and then you release another
album that gets pounded by the press (like they often do the
old build em up then knock em down scenario).
You thought it was a great album - how would you cope with that?
EC: With a large bottle of vodka! No, Id be upset but then
if Im lucky enough to have one successful album, that would give
me the courage and confidence to try again and again. I know my family
would support me through any rough times.
AD: Which group or artist do you dislike the most and why?
EC: I respect most artists and groups, but I really dislike the
Cheeky Girls! Because they are a joke. Their songs are ridiculous.
But at least they prove that if they can make it anyone can!!
AD: So if the Cheeky Girls then asked you to do a duet with them
for their next single (and it was guaranteed to be a massive hit), would
you swallow your pride and do it, or would your musical integrity get
in the way?
EC: Thankfully theres little chance of them having many more
massive hits and my ears are most grateful! No way in the world would
I duet with them.
AD: Which is your favourite track youve written and why?
EC: My favourite track that Ive written so far probably would
be Compliments for Friendship because it has cool electric
guitar and is really rocky. Its about falling for someone who
has no idea and keeps unintentionally breaking your heart; everyone
has had that happen to them at some point and so can relate to the song.
AD: Ok, finally, in no more than ten words, can you tell our readers
why they should buy your album?
EC: Because its different yet controversial, light-hearted
yet emotional and definitely worth it! (sorry thats 12 words!)
Ah go on then, well allow twelve. After all, Emma is so obviously
a star in the making that you dont mind her twisting the rules
a little. Anyway if you want to read a little more about her, or hear
a sample of what shes all about musically, you could do worse
than log on to her website www.emmachamberlain.co.uk
Interview and Transcript by Tone E