Interview with Ema The Kid
Ema The Kid glad to have you here. The first question I would have for you is when and how did Music become your passion and exert of artistic expression? (History behind the music/artifice.) Basically growing up, there wasn’t much I could do, I was born in east Africa and moved to Harlem NY when I was like 5 years old with my uncle, I was there with my older brother Patrick and he was into the hip hop scene and all, and I remember sneaking into his room to try out all his gear and put his records on and recite in the mirror, ever since then I got hooked, and started writing poetry. And the rest was history after I joined Freestyle battling club formed by some kids in the neighbor hood and took it from there, been doin it ever since.
How are you feeling this year, any big plans for 2010?
Yezzir, I got mad plans for this year, everything’s been going up for me since I’ve been in London, meeting new people working with some great prodcuers, I had a mixtape last year called champagne and burgers which hit like 6000 downloads in the first couple of weeks so it was nice to know I had a lil, fan base, this year I’m doing a project with called above and beyond with “origimoz” all original material, A new mixtape called the Gold Rush, and releasing a single entitled “Give it up” produced by my boy wookie fresh !! so I got a whole lotta goodness to hit ya’ll with.
Could you talk a little more about your Music?
Sure, Basically to me I make what I like to call holiday music, I classify music in two categories in conjunction with two embedded events in society which are work and play/holidays…..so basically I make fun music, music people can talk about and relate to in a relaxed period of time….Like holiday, Different I like having creative control and to try making people listen over and over again….I think that’s important in my music
So what is the motivation behind your whole movement?
I’m very motivated, I have alotta believers and people depending on what I’m capable of, and also the fact that I feel like I keep getting better and better after each project, keeps me curious as to how much better within myself I can get and feel, also the little accomplishments one makes such as completing something you set out to create motivates me, my friends wookie fresh, origimoz, jam all play a big part in my motivation.
Who are some people you would like to work with?
Hmmmmm…. Mainstream artist wise, I’d probably like to work with people I feel a similar trend with, holiday music peeps, I’mma big fan of john legends, he’s just super dope to me, marsha ambrotious I like voices big fan of unique voices I guess, when it comes to rappers I’d love to work with lupe fiasco, kanye west, common, anybody in that kind of category, I’m also feelin the new young movement like j.cole and drizzy and all….
What are your thoughts about the increasing integration of dance music and Hip Hop?
Well I’m all for intergration, but I believe its creating new sub genres not exactly tied to hip hop, jus cause someone drops 16 bars on a track don’t make it hip hop cause in the end it’s the format of the song that counts, hip hop usually has either 3 16 bar verses and 8 bar hooks in between etc but dance songs are structured differently, when u incorporate different things into different things all you’re really doing is you’re job, and we’re artists so why not paint all kinds of music on the scene, rappers doin dance joints is all good with me.
How is the Internet changing your craft?
I’m all for the internet, its making distribution for upcoming and unsigned artists a whole lot easier, also getting in touch with fans, and even other people you wanna work with, the chain of production has been cut short with the net and that’s pretty cool for people, it has its downsides I guess with the whole download issues, but I think that can be a benefit too because more people are listening, and that’s important.
Are you down with the whole twitter thing? How is this an important outlet for you and others?
Hahahaha me and twitter got beef right now, I mean I got like 6000 friends/fans on myspace and on twitter I got like 37 last I checked, getting followers on that hasn’t been an easy switch but I rarely check it or update it so that’s probably why !!, But I think it’s a powerful promotion tool, when used right, also thers alotta funny topics on thurr hehehe
Who are some people you want to be interacting with this year?
I wanna work more with female artists actually, I don’t usually feature anybody on my mixtapes really, I like working alone, but I’ve come to realize people can create some beautiful things when they bounce ideas of each other creatively, I wanna interact with some bands too, maybe learn to play keys or sumthin like that.
Could you talk about any long-term goals you have in mind?
I guess like any unsigned or upcoming artist, I’m looking for the right kinda deal, I love music and I would probably be happy with making a standard salary of it
If I got to do what I loved everyday, my aim in life is to be set up, with my own crib my own studio and that’s all really make music for the rest of my days and earn a livin cause niggas gotta eat ya dig lol
Do you feel like what you are doing is important and in what way beneficial to you sector?
I feel like what I’m doing is following my dreams, and that kind of mentality is very beneficial to the society and the people around me, when people see the small progresses I make, they look at them and feel, atleast he’s doing what he wants to do, so many people are caught up in dead end jobs and not following their passions because of the constraints in life, but I choose different I chase what I love, running blind sometimes, but still running, and that is beneficial in my sector cause too many people quit when its tough, but my mind is set, and I’m ready for whatever I get from my dream run.
When you started out did you think it would be a serious business?
Actually no I didn’t It was like a class you take in high school that you think you’ll never actually need in life like home economics or something hehehe, but when it comes down to it, you realize dayumm this is actually what I wanna do for the rest of my life, I used to just freestyle for fun and battle friends and other crews around the neighbour hood, but after I moved to study in London, that’s when I began taking it seriously, I met people I socialized, I became more than just a freestyle cat, I now wanted to be an artist and paint pictures in the studio, so then I went forward and never looked back.
How do you separate yourself from others?
Hmmm…. I Guess I’m just myself, I mean alotta people say that but the key element in being yourself is that your already unique and no one is really like you except you, So I incorporate alott of my expiriences in my music, no two artists are alike, if Picasso and vangaugh painted the monalisa at the same time they would both look different, but it would still be classified as a portrait, so basically I’m an artist doing something that other artists are doing, but what separates me from them is that I am me, and what I see and hear through my own ears will eventually lead to my own personal creativity, that no one else can touch.
Where is your Favorite place to create art?
Hmmm I like working from home a lot, however I do freestyle pretty much everywhere I walk, ther’s also something about buses for me, I always listen to music on a bus and end up writing full songs before I get off.. I;ve missed so many stops cause of this silly habbit lol and always gotta walk back home….freestyling ofcourse lol
The art and party scene have come together in recent years, why do you think this has happened?
Hmmm I think its all
How do you describe your music to people?
Champagne & Burgers
What have you stolen/learned from another artist lately?
Hmmmm not so much stolen, but Kanye west and lupe fiasco have taught me a lot I’d have to say, I’m also a huge fan of q-tip, his voice and style are uniqe to me, When listening to Kanye I hear somebody with creative control on both his own beats and his own words, so I get inspired hearing him getting the emotion he took from his beats and turning it into words, one of my favourate albums of all time is graduation, I still can’t stop listening to it today, lupe is another cat that inspires me, he’s lyrically dope, people say I sound like him on some joints but I don’t see it, he’s lupe and though he inspires me we sound nothing alike I don’t think .
Must art have a relationship to the rest of the world?
Ofcourse, art feeds from the world, its all there is to talk about, the world is full of sound, images, faces, smells, everything our 5 senses can detect, and this is what art is, its using those senses and you’re imagination to create another piece that will again be part of the world, once it leaves you’re imagination.
Describe who a fan of your music is:
hmmm….. dunno wether you’re asking me to pull out a name of a celeb that digs me or whatever lol but if you meant what an ema the kid fan is like….then I’d have to say someone that enjoys life, and is in constant pursuit of eternal happiness, I like making people laugh, so my fans should love laughing, but crying is also sometimes good for the soul.
Describe your art as if we were deaf?
Ummmmm….. If you can’t hear it, then I’ll try to make you see it, if you can’t see it, I’ll try to make you smell it, if you can’t smell it then I’m sure you’ll taste it, cause that’s what music is about taste… and even taste sits on deaf ears.. and that’s what my music is, tasty !! so I gave the people “champagne & burgers” hehehe