Emily Weisband is inviting audiences to get to know the beautiful melody of her talent as both a singer and songwriter with the release of her new EP, I Call It Being Human. The sheer intimacy of her lyricism encapsulates the complexities of human emotions in a way we can all relate to. No stranger to success, Emily is a GRAMMY winning singer/songwriter. That’s right- GRAMMY winning. Her talent is so special in the ability to sing about the imperfections of life experiences with such raw beauty. The environment of this EP transforms your surroundings to the infectious aroma of self-reflection and romanticism wafting from each lyric.
BTS had the opportunity to speak with Emily and learn more about her masterful construction of this EP, and we are giving you ALL the deets.
BTS: Tell us about your relationship with music.
Emily Weisband: Wow what an opener! My relationship with music has had its ups and downs… healthy ups, toxic downs haha. Can’t live with it sometimes but absolutely cannot live without it. I moved to Nashville with my heart set on so many dreams and no plan B, and it’s so exciting to chase them and watch them start coming true, but the music industry also comes with a lot of heartbreak and rejection and there’s a fine line between being a dreamer and managing your expectations. Also the more success I got as a songwriter, the more pressure I felt… so I definitely reached a place where the thing I loved became the thing that was tearing me apart. I felt not good enough constantly, I didn’t really have a healthy personal life because I was “dating my music” haha: classic. I’m just now learning how to have a healthy relationship with it! At the end of the day though it’s what I was made to do and even on the hard days I don’t question that. And I am SO thankful for all the great, fulfilling memories that music and I have together!
BTS: What does your song-writing process look like? Is there a certain place or time of day you typically write songs in?
Emily Weisband: My songwriting process has definitely evolved over the years but I generally love to start with an idea. I have a hard time starting a song without knowing where it’s headed and I truly don’t think you can write a great song without a great idea. A good one maybe, but not a great one. From there my melodies and lyrics tend to come together and simultaneously. To me, the marriage between a lyric and a melody is everything because it adds to how conversationally the words being said are portrayed. I like to sing something in a similar phrasing to the way I’d say it out loud. And I’m definitely an 11am in the studio girl!! My brain kinda stops being creative around 3pm unless I drink some coffee or alcohol and the vibe is just right haha… but that’s probably just because 11am is the Nashville way. I learned songwriting from people who had to pick their kids up from baseball at 4.
BTS: Who are some of your musical inspirations?
Emily Weisband: I LOVE Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Etta James… it’s dramatic, it’s timeless, it’s heartfelt, it’s sexy, it’s comforting. I also grew up on a lot of Joni Mitchell and Cat Stevens. I listened to SO MUCH Stevie Wonder. A lot of Christian/Gospel music from having grown up in church. I also got into a lot of Pop/Punk and alternative music as I got older. All that to say, I pull from all kinds of genres when I’m writing something that sounds authentic to me and I’ve been able to work in a variety of genres as a songwriter for other artists because I didn’t listen to just one thing.
BTS: What do you want people to know about you before listening to your music?
Emily Weisband: I bleed into my songs. I’m an open book, an open vein… you’re not listening to a character when you hear my music, you’re listening to genuinely ME. And I want to be a safe place for them to be genuinely THEM. I want to always be honest about where I’m at so my fans have the freedom to be honest about where they’re at. That way we can heal and grow all together.
BTS: If you weren’t in the music industry, what would you want to be doing?
Emily Weisband: I’ve thought about this a lot actually because there have been days I wished I wasn’t in the music industry hahahaha. Just kidding. I’d probably go to culinary school or do interior design. Something still creative and entrepreneurial… I hate having a boss and I hate the thought of sitting in an office all day. I would also probably be a lot quicker to get married and have some babies because I definitely want that someday, but right now mama’s tryna tour lol.
BTS: How would you describe your signature sound?
Emily Weisband: An emo musical haha. I’ve never been attracted to robotic, electronic sounding pop music. It’s absolute fire and totally amazing, it’s just not my personal cup of tea! I like intimate sounding vocals and beautiful, jazzy chords and melodies. Marry those with a little beat and you have an Emily Weisband bop… I will NEVER put out a project that doesn’t have a heart wrenching ballad or two on it though, mark my words, they’re everybody’s favorite but they’re my favorite more.
BTS: How has coronavirus impacted your career?
Emily Weisband: I know coronavirus was and still is a really hard time for everyone in different ways. It was really hard for me too, but I am grateful for what it did in my heart. I’ve talked about this a lot but I’ve been in such work mode ever since I moved to Nashville. Every day was about getting closer to my dream coming true so the way my music career was going completely took over my identity. I was valuable when it was going well and I was depressed trash when it wasn’t. Quarantine put that to a stop for me! I wrote for 2 hours a day on Zoom and then I had to go connect with who I actually am as a human outside of my career. Because of that, I got new management, I’m putting out some of the best music I’ve ever put out faster than I’ve ever put it out, I’m creating from a place of love not pressure… so the year sucked technically, but 5 years from now my career is gonna thank the universe for it.
BTS: What can we expect from Emily Weisband in the future?
Emily Weisband: A LOT more music. Some really authentic, exciting collabs, a GREAT connection filled live show… I ain’t slowin down any time soon. I feel more in touch and myself than ever so I’m gonna keep fighting in the writing room for the best songs and fighting my intense stage fright for a live show that feels like therapy.
BTS: What are some things you like to do in your free time?
Emily Weisband: Hahaha well usually music would be a hobby so since my hobby also happens to be my job I really like to lay around! I love movies…movie theaters, drive-ins, making dinner and watching a movie on the couch with my sisters. I’ll never stop decorating my house. Nothing beats a trip to World Market or Home Goods, a lap around target. But I really am obsessed with my friends and my family! We could watch paint dry together and have fun so I spend a lot of my free time hanging with them! They are also my A&R team. They have no qualms about telling me a song isn’t their favorite lol.
This EP is fresh, romantic, sad and incredibly addicting. If it’s on repeat this entire week in your house do not be alarmed, that is the appropriate way to listen. Among these five songs every listener will find at least one they can relate to. The authenticity of her experiences translate into lyrics that send shivers down your spine and have you reassuring yourself that someone else has been there too. It’s like therapy but with happy tears.
What truly makes Emily Weisband so special is her ability to create a relationship with her audiences. Her artistry is grounded in transparently describing the ups and downs of her life in an effort to connect with her fans. Finding artists like this is so unique, and this EP is the most wonderful way to welcome you to the beauty of Emily Weisband- if you somehow haven’t already met her.
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