By Annabelle Macgugan
I am beyond excited to have had the opportunity to talk with the incredibly gifted artist Emalia. The talented teen – yes, she’s only nineteen – has recently released her killer anthem On Your Own, the follow up to her debut single Do Your Own Thing (see below). If your ears and iPhone are yet to be blessed with these wondrous tracks, listen to them. Fast.
Not only is Emalia a beautiful singer, she is also a model, actress and an outspoken anti-bullying advocate. In love yet? Danii Minogue is, having applauded Emalia’s talent, relaying, “I could listen to her all day. Smooth like honey.”
Without further ado, the wonderful Emalia!
Your debut single Do Your Own Thing brilliantly encapsulates the notion that individuality and uniqueness are characteristics to be cherished, and is a song that stems from your experiences being bullied. How do you think these experiences have shaped the woman you are today?
Thank you so much! Yes, I went through a hard time throughout my school life. When I was much younger, it was mainly because I was a little different, and tried too hard to get other kids to like me. I figure I was probably super annoying back then (which wouldn’t have helped my case), as I wasn’t very confident in myself and was pretty desperate to be liked. Still, the way I was treated has always stayed with me – and to think it was all because I was a little eccentric (being the dramatic, extroverted little performer I was) and wanted some friends. It is pretty absurd that someone can be treated so badly for something so innocent. I remember my orientation day at primary school, I wore a pink tutu dress because it was something I felt like a princess in. That didn’t go down well. In high school it continued. I was confident in my art and head-strong, which I think can be over-whelming for some people. These experiences caused me to stop trying to connect with others. I shut off – and developed quite a negative outlook. I started doubting myself, thinking I was the problem. I thought maybe I should change myself to suit everyone else; to fit in. But I am grateful for all of my experiences – because I came out of them stronger than I ever would have been without them. They helped me find myself. I learnt that it doesn’t matter what you do, not everyone will like you. So do what makes you happy, and be true to you. I learnt that everyone is going through their own problems. Everyone is doing the best they can at each point in time. I learnt that others’ opinions of you do not define you. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the experiences I’ve had. I am glad that I have been through them, because now I’m in a position where I can try to help others going through a similar situation with my music. And that is the best gift they have given me.
If you didn’t venture into the performing arts, what career path do you imagine your life would have followed?
I honestly can’t imagine my life without the performing arts. It is a part of me. It’s my life and my world. I think no matter what, I would have found my way into the performing arts industry, one way or another.
What is the greatest challenge you have faced in your career so far? And what has been your greatest achievement?
The greatest challenge for me so far has been finding who I am as an artist. I am still figuring it out. At this point in time, I am just doing what I feel is true to me and making the music that I love. I would say my greatest achievement would be my debut single charting on the Australian iTunes charts.
You have been able to collaborate with the incredible Adam Reily (WOW!). Can you explain what the process is for creating a song? Where do you start, and how do you know when you have perfected it?
Yes, I am very lucky! The process is always different. It just depends how the inspiration strikes you. With Adam, we always start by building the track itself. We start with the drum beat and go from there. Once we are happy with the chord progression, we start with the lyric. Sometimes I will begin with just the title in mind, sometimes I come up with a melody first and have to put the words to it, sometimes I come up with the melody and words simultaneously. It really all depends.
As if you weren’t impressive enough, you are also a talented actress and model. Can you divulge any information about the independent feature films you are involved in?
Haha, thank you so much! Not at this point, everything is under wraps at the moment. I can tell you that I have been cast in lead roles for both of the films, which has been pretty exciting. I have already started on production for one of them, and am absolutely loving the filming process so far.
If you could perform with one artist, who would it be (and can I have tickets!)?
Ed Sheeran, without a doubt. And yes, if we can make that happen, I will have front row seats for you. 😉
I am beyond excited about the upcoming release of you EP in July! Without revealing too much, can you reveal a hint about what to expect from the new tracks?
Woo! That makes two of us. There will be a variety of tracks on the EP – I think there will be a little bit of something on there for everyone.
You have already achieved so much in your career. What can your fans expect to see from you in the future?
Definitely a lot more music, some more visual content, and potentially even some live shows! I hope to see you all on the road.
I will definitely be there!
By Annabelle Macgugan