INTERVIEW: Emily Magpie



Emily Magpie


MY last interview of the day is with Emily Magpie...


who has been telling about her E.P., Be Your Own Light, and filming the video for the title cut. I was keen to know what sort of music inspires her and when it struck her; if there is a rising artist we need to get behind and what she has planned for next year.

The talented songwriter reveals a few favourite albums and where we can catch her perform; which artist she’d support if she had the chance and whether she gets time to chill away from music – she selects an awesome modern song to end the interview with.


Hi, Emily. How are you? How has your week been?

Hi, Sam! I’m currently in Belgium, recovering from a couple too many (and too delicious) Belgium beers last night after my gig. I’m out here doing a few shows with Uncle Wellington - beautiful band and country!

For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?

I loop layers of vocals, ukulele; synth bass and beats to make dreamy Electro-Folk music with some oomph-y bass under it. I’m a singer songwriter and producer- D.I.Y., man!

Be Your Own Light is your new single. What is the inspiration behind the song?

I was exploring my patterns in relationships and looking at my relationship with myself. I wrote it almost as a mantra or magic spell of self-love and wanted to extend that out to other people that might resonate.

The video looks cool! What was it like filming that?!

Nowhere near as glamorous as it look. Haha! It involved a lot of glitter and bike sister Meghan Spetch is a genius animator and filmmaker (working on Our Planet currently) and she created the whole concept from very little.

Be Your Own Light is from the E.P. of the same name. Were there particular themes and stories that inspired the songs?

Yeah. I don’t tend to write too much about love and relationships as I feel there are so other things to talk about. But, this E.P. has four songs on it - that I wrote this year – and are all about my growth in terms of my relationships and myself...and I wanted to put them all together and have a body of work exploring that.


Can you give me a sense of the artists you grew up around? When did music come into your life?

So many different artists! I think that’s why my stuff is so eclectic...

I grew up being introduced to bands like Modest Mouse, the Pixies and Nirvana by my brother; being a bit of an Emo kid and listening to Brand New, but also loving R&B. And I used to sing in a Jazz band as a teenager and loved all the old Jazz and Soul songs - plus, artists like Fleetwood Mac via my parents.

What do you hope to achieve by the end of 2018?

Not got long left. Haha! Something quick. I think just enjoying playing the new E.P. live and continuing writing and developing ideas for an album next.


Do you already have plans for 2019?

The aforementioned album. I’ve written an album of songs which all fit on a concept and I want to develop, record and produce that. 

Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music so far – the one that sticks in the mind?

I’m loving being in Belgium at the moment actually; wicked to travel with music. Also, playing support to This Is the Kit this year in a church was beautiful. I love their music.


Which three albums mean the most to you would you say (and why)? 

How can I choose?! It’s like picking a favourite child.

Okay; right NOW...

Jai Paul - Jai Paul

Because I actually managed to get my mitts on a copy! A label I’m working with next year managed to grab one of these when it got leaked years ago and passed on a copy to me recently. Jai Paul is a genius. I learn so much from the way he produces and builds songs.

Radiohead - OK Computer

I was obsessed with Radiohead. I can’t listen to it too much now as it makes me sad but this album reminds me of a very introspective time.

Sylvan Esso - Sylvan Esso

This album is filled with songs that make me feel so much. I’m always playing it.

If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?

Sylvan Esso! Saw them at SWX (Bristol) and they look like they have such a good time. I’d get a ton of beers so we could get pissed and party after the show. And maybe some Skittles or something.


What advice would you give to new artists coming through?

Make music you believe in; explore and be playful. Release lots, gig lots; be nice.

Do you have tour dates coming up? Where can we catch you play?

26th Nov - The Louisiana, Bristol (supporting Lydmor)

22nd Dec - Jinglefest at The Exchange, Bristol


 IN THIS PHOTO: Anna Pancaldi

Are there any new artists you recommend we check out?

My friend Anna Pancaldi just had a release recently too. She makes beautiful music.

Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?

I’m chilling now(ish)... 

I am a bit obsessed with music and can work too much. I’m trying to keep a balance. I don’t like how obsessed we are with work in U.K. culture. It’s not cool to be busy all the time. I just try and do things I enjoy outside of music every week and make the most of opportunities music provides (to have adventures too). I’m off exploring for the next two days before my gig on Sunday in Gent.

Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).

So tempting to choose something ridiculous and you’ll have to play it. But, no...I choose IDLES - Mother. These guys excite me a LOT


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