One more week

Somehow I’m coming to the end of my adventure. Just one week left. My brain is moving fast leading me to talk to recruiters about getting a job. I need to remember the things that I want next.

I have just arrived in Seattle. It’s a short ferry trip over from Vancouver Island where I’ve been staying in Victoria for nearly a week.

Victoria is full of creative people. There’s a great combination of inspiration from humans and nature. The parks, coastline and mountains combine with Sunday’s fantastic show put on by Drag Kings and Queens to leave a delightful creative cocktail in my mind. I have been writing a lot and honing my tracks. Always honing.

I am excited to put them out and it feels a bit different this time. I might need to borrow willing ears to listen to the tracks so far. Give me a shout if you’re honest, kind and prepared to listen to unfinished tracks. Once again, there are feminist themes and the exploration of being whole but in a relationship.

I hope the creativity continues in Seattle. Sydney aside, it is the only place I have been before on my trip so far. I am staying at the same hostel. It feels good.

This post has been fairly wittering … to sum up: I’m excited to be writing, I loved Victoria and it’s great to be back in Seattle.

Thanks, again, for reading.

Em x

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Community and Artist Development

As I travel I am shuffling and challenging my thoughts. I am considering more what I want to do when I return to the UK… and more specifically, Manchester.

Many of my ideas have directed me towards the importance of community and artist development, in each case, around music.

At SXSW there was a lot of talk around the lack of artist development from labels combined with a lack of time for artists and bands to be able to explore their sound and style before being written-off (literally in the accounts).

At the same time, as a *bedroom musician*, though I have time to work on my own sound, there is a lack of feedback until I get to a point where I’m ready to record or perform my music. At that point the stakes are higher because being in a studio costs money and being on stage in front of people is a big deal if you’re like me.

So… I believe that community is key.

I want to create a space where women making music and sounds have the chance to meet up, work on music, give and receive feedback on tracks and eventually play together and support each other.

This is currently named The Daphnies, inspired by Daphne Oram.

If you are making music in Manchester or beyond and would like to get in touch or be involved somehow I’d love it if you’d send me an email at embriarmusic@gmail.com.

I’ve made an Instagram account so please have a look for any updates.

Cheers

Em x

London Called


As the train pulls away from Paddington Station, it dawns on me that I am no longer a London resident.

After 7 years of living and working as a lawyer in the City, I am moving away.

I would be lying if I said I’d enjoyed every moment.  However, without London, I wonder if I would have the courage, skills or determination to embark upon my new adventure.

All being well, on 1 January 2018, I will land in New Zealand and pursue my dream to:

MAKE MUSIC / TRAVEL / WRITE ABOUT IT

I must be grateful to London for putting me here.

London has thickened my skin with a tough love that I have cherished and resented.

It has provided me with a whole host of courses to develop my skills in writing, music production and singing.

It has led me to friends and communities to encourage my creativity and provided me with stages that I could never have imagined performing on.

I look forward to sharing my tales here in my blog. I will be as honest here as I am prepared to be with myself.

But for now… thank you London.  You’ve been real.

Em x