EMILY CHAMBERS, New Sounds With Old Vibes, 5 Questions:

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EMILY CHAMBERS, New Sounds With Old Vibes, 5 Questions:

Music is always evolving into new forms and styles. Musicians and producers aspire to make new sounds, but sometimes a dose of the past is what a piece needs to become modern. Art is deep and creative, always searching for something new, but sometimes heritage holds the answer.

Emily Chambers does not shy away from this idea. Mixing the stylings of old school jazz and soul with today's R&B and pop stylings, Chambers has found a sound that is distinctly hers, but reminiscent of days past. She is a cross between Dusty Springfield and Mary J. Blige with the likes of Aretha Franklin and John Legend.

HAUS recently had the chance to sit down and chat with Chambers about her influences, who her dream collaboration is, and what we can expect next from her music.

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1. Who are your biggest influences musically?

I was introduced to the likes of Donny Hathaway, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder when I was around eight years old. These artists were introduced to me by this fantastic vocal teacher that I had for a decade, from the time I was eight to 18. She opened up my world to Motown, soul, and jazz with artists like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. I take a lot of inspiration from the oldies. I was also obsessed with Christina Aguilera when I was a teenager. Of course, I love Adele and Alicia Keys. Moving into my formative years, I was obsessed with the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. This is one of my all-time favorite albums.

2. Pick out one song. What is its inspiration and story?

The first thing song that comes to mind is "L's Song." I wrote it for a friend of mine that suffers from crippling anxiety. She lived in the same building that I did when I lived in the west end of Vancouver. One evening she knocked on my door and said, "I hear you singing all the time, and I think you have the most amazing voice." It was a really old building! We became buds, and she suffered from anxiety like I had never seen before.

You can't try to understand her situation; you just have to empathize. You have to be there. There were a couple of episodes where I didn't know what to do, and I found myself outside of my body just holding her while she was breaking down. Every time I left, she used to text me and ask, "Are you still here?" She was speaking figuratively. I'd always let her know that I was still there. So I wrote that for her, but I also wrote it for anyone who ever feels like they're a burden to somebody else.

3. If you could collaborate with anybody musically, dead or alive, who would you choose?

Oh, god. Do I just get one? I would love to collaborate with Quincy Jones, but I could name 50 more. That's the first one that came to my mind.

4. You plan on releasing new music this year. What can we expect?

My plans for 2019 is to drop singles pretty much. I'll be releasing another single in July. And then after that, probably in September…

I have been writing like a madman, so I'm excited about the new direction that we're moving in. I'm pumped to release my next single.

5. What can we expect from your new singles musically?

"Left Alabama" is an excellent gateway between the classic soul song moving into the neo-soul direction. I love the mix and balance between produced sounds, produced drums, 808s, and elements mixed in with live drums, acoustic piano, electric guitar, and horns. I love the balance between that kind of production so you can expect more of that…I still have a heavy jazz influence in my new material.

I'm gearing towards higher energy material that's more fun, more geared towards getting a younger fan base, and getting into the accessible circuit. The new music will really reflect where I'm at right now at this point in my life.

Keep up with Emily Chambers new music and shows here


 
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