Emery Adeline Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Emery Adeline Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

Answer: To me, it just made sense to call the record Killin’ Time. I feel like it really encompasses the spirit of the songs. This little album is kind of about the dead time between relationships. That space where you’ve left someone you love or it fell apart for whatever reason and you’re sad and you’re trying to figure out how to move through it. Ultimately it ends with “Temporary” which moves into the next relationship so the cycle can repeat. To me it just felt right to call the record Killin’ Time because that’s what it’s about, killing time until you feel ok again. It’s also my favorite song on the record so that definitely helped!

Lamitschka:  What drives you?

Answer: I’m driven by a strong desire to connect with other people. For me, that’s always been the most beautiful part of music. How incredible is it that someone can feel a feeling, turn it in to art and then someone in a completely different place and time can feel understood. Music, and especially lyrics, can hit you at just the right time and truly change your life. I strive to create that in my music, to be honest and make space for people to feel their feelings and connect with me even if we’ve never met. If my words can help just one person, then i’m doing my job. 

Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?

Answer: It’s like choosing a favorite child! I think it’s I Can’t Change You. That song was a real turning point for me sonically speaking. It was so different from really anything else i’ve written and when I wrote it I remember thinking, “i think i just found my new sound”. It was kind of the compass song on this last record because i knew exactly how I wanted it to sound. It was easy to take the production ideas I had for that song and translate them to the rest of the songs. I wrote I Can’t Change You about an episode of my favorite TV show Girls initially, but writing it was really the moment I realized I needed to leave the relationship I was in. It’s just about that moment of understanding that this person you love and care about is who they are and who they are is not someone you need to be with. No one is wrong, no one hurt the other, it just isn’t right and you have to let it go. 

Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run?

Answer: I’m inspired by so so many people! I’ve loved music since I was really little. I used to make my mom sing lullabies with me for hours. Some of my favorites are The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Nancy Griffith, Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss, and REM when i was young. My parents are huge music fans so we would always be listening to cool new stuff and I loved it. I was always drawn to the lyrics of songs and I would sometimes come up with my own versions of songs I liked. Now that I’m older i’m really inspired by a lot of women. Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Margo Price, and Maren Morris to name a few. I think that women are doing such cool things and really pushing a lot of boundaries. It’s very inspiring. I also how to throw out Gregory Alan Isakov, Ruston Kelly, and Tyler Childers because they have been basically all i’m listening to lately. Such incredible songwriters. 

Lamitschka: How much creative control do you have over your music?

Answer: One of the benefits of really being at the start of my career and not having a lot of other people on my team yet is that I have complete control over my music! I’m writing all the songs, i’m deciding what my sonic vision is, i’m coming up with the branding and the visuals on all of it. it’s so much fun! I was also so lucky to work with spectacular producers, Austin Bianco and Harry Baymiller, who were really able to take the sounds in my head and translate them on the record.  I’ve been working on finding my sound and my unique message as an artist for the past 5 years and it’s been so much fun to have it all come to fruition.
Lamitschka: What's unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?

Answer: I feel like I have a very unique take on country music. I try to be blunt and raw with my writing and I borrow a lot from pop lyrics and the way that they are written. I try to keep my writing as simple and succinct as I can, i always feel like thats more powerful. I also try to maintain a level of honesty that I think people shy away from sometimes. All of my favorite music is very honest, and I think a lot of times women are taught to shy away from the darker sides of them and the parts of their truth that are ugly, but that’s really what I like to write about. I was once given the advice from a songwriter I really admire to find your shame, find the parts of you you don’t necessarily like and write from there. Thats what people connect with, that’s the music that changes lives. 

Lamitschka:  What has been your greatest challenge in music business?

Answer: I always say trying to navigate the music business is like standing at the bottom of a mountain that’s covered in fog. You know the top is up there, and you know there’s probably a couple of trails that you could take to get there, but you can’t see them. You don’t know how tall the mountain is, you don’t know where the cliffs are or where the forks are or where the trail gets really hard to follow and you have to make your own. It’s a big guessing game and what works for someone might not work for you at all. Finding my path and figuring out where to put my energy has definitely been my biggest struggle. 
Lamitschka:  What's your favorite song that you wish you could have recorded?

Answer: Oh there’s just so many it’s hard to choose! My Church by Maren Morris comes to mind though. That song is just so easy going and well done. It’s an anthem, it’s relatable, it’s emotional but upbeat, and its just a very honest song. I would have loved to get to record it. It captures a mood and a moment so well and i think for those of us that grew up on classic country and really find solace in music it’s something that we can all connect with. Because listening to old country with the windows down really is church to me and I would love to share that. 

Lamitschka: How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Answer: The last year has been really incredible. I have grown so much not only as an artist but personally as well. I got to check a lot of things off of my bucket list, including releasing an EP that I recorded at Southern Ground in Nashville, being chosen as a finalist for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Competition, and playing at the historic Station Inn here in Nashville. It’s just been dream come true after dream come true. I talk about this with some of my friends in town, you know we all moved here with these big dreams and goals and we get to live them everyday. If you told my 12 year old self that at 23 she would be living in East Nashville writing songs and playing music as my job and hanging out with some of the most talented and hardworking musicians in the world, who are some of my closest friends, i would have died you know? Every day is a dream come true. 

Lamitschka:  What do you think about today's music scene versus its past and where do you see it going in the future?

Answer: I think the music industry is in a HUGE period of change right now. Truly no one knows whats going on or where it’s going to go and one of the coolest things about that is we get to be the front runners of the new music industry. For the first time in the history of the music industry, Artists have most of the power. You don’t need a label or a manager or a publisher to make your career happen, of course it’s really helpful, but you don’t need it. The internet, as music as it’s really changed the way things have been and taken away a lot of money from songwriters especially, has also given us more freedom than ever. I think we’re at a huge transition and I’m thrilled that I get to be apart of it  and help drive how it all shakes out. 

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