Emily Daccarett – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
Emily Daccarett’s new EP Cannibal is out now and available from the links below
PD: What type of artist are you?
ED: I like to think of myself as a multimedia artist. I’m a fashion designer to begin with and I felt that if I first focused on fashion design, I could later pursue music, illustrating, producing, etc. It’s a full-time job keeping up with my imagination; I have a desire to do so much and it’s frustrating when reality sets in and I remember I’m just one person. I find so much inspiration in my day to day life that my phone is my most important tool to archive every thought or idea that pops up.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
ED: I was born in Kansas and shortly after my parents relocated to California. As far back as I can remember, I would be singing little songs I made up and I was constantly drawing. I would wake up super early to watch ‘Style TV’ and compare what I saw on the runway to my drawings. I moved to France after high school and graduated from Instituto Marangoni in Paris and the prestigious Ecole De La Chambre Syndicale de La Couture Parisienne. I trained in the French technique of draping and pattern making and had a chance to intern for various fashion houses, Issey Miyaki, Chris Van Ash, Alexander Wang and Diane Von Furstenberg. After working in Paris, I moved to LA to start my own line. I made my runway debut with Concept Shows for LA Fashion Week. It was important for me to tell stories with my collections, so I produced a short film and worked with music film composer S. Peace Nistades on an original song to accompany it. I continued to show my collections at New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, and Los Angeles Fashion Week. For each collection we would work on new music and my love for writing songs continued to grow. I felt like I needed to learn how to produce myself to write better music. Soon after I graduated from the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles and for the past year have been working on my Ep, Cannibal.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
ED: Some of my musical influences are Vanessa Paradis, Madonna, Kate Bush, Blondie, David Bowie, Brigette Bardot and Jane Birkin. Non- musical influences are Yeves Saint Laurent, Jean Paul Gaultier, The Fifth Element, Blade Runner, Perfect Blue (Anime Movie), David Lynch, and Helmut Newton. I love blending sci-fi with noir elements both in visuals and in my music.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
ED: I really hope to grow my brand into not necessarily a life-style brand, but have it recognized for its designs and music. I would love to perform out of the country and create events that have a nostalgic feeling of the 70’s in Hollywood or Andy Warhol’s Factory. I really want to create an experience that feels exclusive and memorable for those who come.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
ED: I write my songs. I find writing lyrics therapeutic. Often it comes from a darker place inside of me and if can use those emotions and turn it into something people can enjoy, I’m releasing them and no longer holding on to them. Of course, I owe so much to my co- producer S. Peace Nistades. Working together is a dream, we feed off of each other and it’s always fun.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
ED: Each song of my Ep will have an anime inspired mascot, the first one I illustrated from this series is Cannibal Girl. I delivered invitations for my Ep Release party personally and handed my guests a rose to go along with their invitation and a sticker of Cannibal Girl. My ep release party was in this gorgeous castle like house in the Hollywood Hills. We could see the entire LA skyline; the yard was filled with neon lights and candles. I had dancers wearing my designs, dance to one of my songs and I ended the night performing my songs with my band. In the middle of the act we screened a short film I produced, and the band and I performed the song live while it played. I promote using social media to share what I’m doing, behind the scenes look, and photoshoots. I’m a visual person, so that’s a big part of my planning.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
ED: I feel we lose a part of the experience. I was surprised to see people in Japan waiting in line to buy the latest album from BTS. It’s not only for huge artists, they like to have the physical product of whomever they follow. As great as it is having things instantly, I think people tend to undervalue the work that has been put into each song.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
ED: I would really love to write a song in Spanish. I have a few songs written in French already, but I haven’t found the words in Spanish yet. I know my family would love it and I really do love Spanish music. Its so beautiful and like French, everything sounds like poetry.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
ED: Something that really annoys me is when you are showing someone something and there is that one person who will not stop talking, even if they are trying to explain or bring in other references, its just rude. Also talking loudly while an artist is playing, especially when it’s a quiet intimate song. I was at a show where the artist had to stop and ask them to stop talking.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
ED: I’m proud of the songs I’ve written for Cannibal. I feel I have grown so much and have more confidence now to keep going with my music. I’m not hiding behind anything, it’s what I’ve been working on and it’s the sound I discovered for myself.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
ED: I’m working on an active wear line that ties in with Cannibal. I still need to illustrate the other characters and add them to the accessories and clothing.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
ED: My next big show will be in March. It will be a full-on runway show and live band. Music connects us all together and I hope through my music people who may not know much about fashion or might feel intimidated can feel welcome into the worlds I create.
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