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Q + A With Emily Victoria

Enter into the lush and mysterious realm of Melbourne multi-instrumentalist Emily Victoria, with her brand new track Humming Heart making its way into the world today. Also accompanied by an immersive and intriguing music video, Humming Heart murmurs with rich instrumentals and effortless charm like a hazy twilight spell. 

Inspired by the likes of Hatchie, Kate Bush, Caroline Polachek and The Sundays, Humming Heart is a layered, bold and dreamlike affair, equally warm and beguiling with a retro undertone amidst Emily’s textured vocals. Recorded to tape at Soundpark Studios with producer Nao Anzai, who has previously worked with Mildlife and The Teskey Brothers, Humming Heart hums along with synthesisers and production by Lewis Moody, additional vocal production provided by Hamish Patrick, guitars by Anthony Farrugia, Jacob Long on drums and Sam Clarke on bass, while also contemplating the unknown and existence in general, as Emily explains, “The lyrics for Humming Heart are quite abstract, like the video. It’s ultimately about having curiosity and intrigue, exploring the unknown and encountering the supernatural. It’s also about considering the cause of our existence and trying to make sense of one’s experience”.

We caught up with Emily for a quick Q + A

Hi, thanks for taking the time to chat with Hear 2 Zen, what have you been up to today?

Good morning! This morning I woke up to the soft sounds of rain on my roof which is very therapeutic. I’ve had peppermint tea and am enjoying my scented candle! 

 Tell us about yourself, how long have you been performing/creating music for? 

I used to write music about insects on the cello when I was really young. In high school I joined a band called ‘My Tree Origin’ and we would perform all the time. More recently I have written experimental Jazz, Musical Theatre and Dream Pop, music similar to Humming Heart.

Who are your greatest inspirations?  Why?

Two of my greatest inspirations are Caroline Polachek and Kate Bush. Both of these individuals have an extraordinary vision to create a world around the art that they are making and challenge the parameters of pop music.

How do you create music?  Are you lyrics/story driven, or does the music/melody come first?  Explain your process.

The melody and harmony always comes first for me. I have done a lot of ear training and I see intervals like colours. The colour palette has to sit right and then I can consider other elements of the song like the lyrics and arrangement. At the moment, synthesisers are quite central to the development of the arrangement of the song. 

 What has been your greatest challenge so far in performing/creating music?

Understanding that performing and creating music is a snapshot of a moment in time rather than a perfect thing. 

Tell us about your new release Humming Heart, how did it come about?

My creative process involves a thread of thought and repetitive style. I produce a series of ten or so ideas from the same process and then I tend to move on. Humming Heart was written as part of a series of songs I was writing on guitar two years ago. I made a demo tape of the songs and the melody of the song stood out. I recorded the song at Soundpark with Nao Anzai (producer), Anthony Farrugia (guitar), Jacob Long (drums) and Sam Clarke (bass). I then collaborated with Lewis Moody in the UK who layered some synths on the track and did some additional production also. The track came about over the period of two years and I am extraordinarily proud of how it sounds!

What advice do you have to artists who are just starting out?

A deep love of whatever it is you are doing is essential as it will ground you through the process of working out a pathway forward.

Tell us your favourite Zen practice.

Deep breathing. 

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