Emma Saunders

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Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Emma Saunders find out more about her...

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I’m from Croydon, London and have been involved in music from a young age. My dad was an actor and always performing in shows and musicals, while my step dad was a session guitarist for the BBC. I quickly realised that I had a passion for music and started to follow in their footsteps.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I’m heavily influenced by an array of older music, everything from Wendy Rene to Led Zeppelin.
I was brought up listening to lots of classic rock on my father’s side (Black Sabbath, Led Zep, The Beatles etc) and Motown on my mother’s (Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops etc). My grandparents listened to a lot of female Jazz singers like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday.
My musical influences really haven’t changed much since, they’ve just expanded a little. 90% of the music I listen to is old, with the exception of the odd current band or producer that tickles my earbuds such as alt-J, DJ Shadow, Pond; to name a few.

How would you describe your sound?
All of my songs are quite different so it’s hard to place my ‘sound’ in one particular genre, but I would like to think my music is old meets new with a blues/jazz vocal.

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What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest single is called ‘I Feel Alive’. The song was influenced by the darker elements of the Doo Wop genre.

What’s your local music scene like?
I have recently relocated to the Bristol area and the music scene is pretty vibrant with some awesome venues.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I have recently been collaborating with producer and good friend Don Low and another named 8er$, I will have a couple of songs coming out with them this year. I also plan to finish my album and keep doing more gigs.

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Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
Unfortunately most of them are dead but Robert Plant would be pretty nuts. Also to collaborate with Massive Attack would be immense.

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
As of this moment I don’t have any ‘Spinal Tap’ moments to share. I’ll let you know if that changes...

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
If music doesn’t work out for me, can someone get me a job as a video game tester, cause that shit would be sweet!

You can find out more about Emma via Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify or YouTube.