Biography of Emika
|Real name / ||Ema Jolly|
Today's modern day composer can work in many different areas of sound with one click of a mouse. This is the single most influential factor in Emika’s artistic development. After years of musical education and having an entire studio in a box as her instrument, she feels it’s her duty to music to develop the art of song writing and recording on every level possible. A sound designer and composer who writes and records for herself from her bedroom in Berlin, her instruments are DIY soft synths, her voice, piano, and samples. Already highly-rated by everyone from Mary-Anne Hobbs to Thom Yorke and covered by media outlets as varied Resident Advisor and The Guardian, the release of this, her eponymous debut album, is awaited with considerable anticipation.
Emika is inspired by techno culture because “it’s a movement with sound and dancing at its very core. It’s not about idols or stars, its about sound and people coming together to dance and feel free.” She’s inspired by dubstep from Bristol and London since 2004 when she lived in these cities because of its meditational bass vibes: “originally it was deep spiritual music made by kids for kids.” These two influences twine together with her love of the great universal pop song, her abilities as a song writer, a classically-trained pianist and a singer, to make something completely unique. Emika’s signature sound has taken years to evolve and Berlin's legendary engineer Rashad Becker worked with her on creating the special sound of her record.
Asked to name an inspiration from the past, Emika turns to Delia Derbyshire, the legendary Radiophonic Workshop composer who came up with the original theme for Dr Who, not so much for the sounds she makes as for her questing spirit. “It all comes from my imagination,” Emika explains. “My imagination is key, it’s a solo project, and the listener can feel this unity.”
Emika's self titled debut album is out now on Ninja Tune.