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Who are you and where are you from?
I’m Emily Lowes and I’m from Whitley Bay 

What is it you do?
I write songs and sing them 

How long have you been doing it?
I’ve been singing since I was very young in church choirs but it wasn’t until I was around 14/15 that I started writing my own songs as a means of making sense of whatever I was feeling at that moment. I continued doing that mainly as a means of understanding myself and had never thought to share them with others. In July last year, a very close friend of mine who had heard a couple of songs I had written, pushed me to play a small intimate gig – and from there, I have been in a studio to record an EP, filmed music videos and have managers now (crazy!). It all feels like a dream, a really strange but beautiful dream.

What inspires you?
I’m not sure if it’s an inspiration but I’m mainly motivated to make music as a desperate act to process whatever I feel. I think that innate desperation to figure out what all of this (life) is, has driven me to create a whole load of art; music, painting, writing and on and on. So maybe I’m inspired by life, or inspired by the need to not go fully insane while living it. 

I think I’m pretty much influenced by anything I listen to, look at and feel, but some music influences that kind of flood into my mind would be – Yusuf Cat Stevens, Damien Rice, Karen Dalton, Joan Baez, Elizabeth Cotten, Joan Armatrading, Jeff Buckley, Lisa O’Neill, Bonnie Raitt, Vashti Bunyan, Leif Vollebeck, Cat Power, Odetta, Dolly Parton, Elvis and Billie Holiday. There are thousands more but this is supposed to be short, so I’ll stop there.

Tell us about your music.
In terms of music, it’s very unconscious to make. I play some chords I like and press record and just let some words fall together. I don’t have any experience with music other than this meditative way I’ve developed for myself. It’s like a flow state, I don’t have much control nor do I want to have control over what comes out. Now I’m sharing my music further than my own ears, it would be amazing to connect to people who are musically trained or the musically more serious – maybe then I’ll be able to speak about my own music as if it makes more sense than being a flukey trance-like expression of myself. Other than music, I work in hospitality, freelance as a writer and am finishing my master’s degree in Journalism.

What have you got coming up in the future?
I have my debut single – Ends at Sea, coming out on the 16th of February and will be playing a single launch gig at The Alphabetti Theatre on the 17th of February

Where can people find out more about you?
At the moment all updates/ info to do with Emily will be shared via Instagram, which you can find here.

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