Hello Emily! Thank you for chatting with us today! Fill us in on what 2020 has had in store for you so far! Any big dreams you are running toward this year?
Hi! Thank you for having me. 2020 has already been pretty wild and fun! I have done lots of performances already and plan to keep playing as much as possible for this year. I am definitely working towards some very big goals! Stay tuned, I can’t officially announce anything yet.
Can you recall the moment when you knew you wanted to be a musician? What do you think motivated you day in and day out to continue on the path?
I remember the exact day! My Dad played violin for a few years growing up, but once he was in high school, he stopped pursuing it. He kept the two violins that his parents had bought him though. When I was about five years old, I vividly remember my parents pulling the violins out from underneath the bed and showing my brothers and I. I picked up one violin and I just immediately knew I wanted to play it. I asked my parents for lessons and when I was about 11, my mom realized I was still really wanting lessons and she took me every week for private lessons. My parents never had to ask me to practice, literally! I don’t know how, but I have just always known. Growing up, I would always beg my dad to pick up the extra violin and play with me. He had lost a lot of his technique, but he has a really good ear and could always pick out fun Beatles tunes, or funny TV show tunes.
I have never needed motivation to become a rock violinist. I have always had this fire and desire to make it happen! It is not what you would expect from a violinist, so my path is a bit different and I have to adjust my goals and steps to getting where I want to all the time. There is never a dull moment!!
How do you think you have grown as a musician since you first started making music? What if anything has stayed the same about your music-making process?
I have grown immensely!! You can’t be a musician without growing. As a creative, you always have a passion to learn, taste and feel something new in your art. The inspiration is everywhere. I believe I have matured in songwriting in terms of lyrics. I have always loved poetry and writing. I have kept a journal my whole life and written short stories, poems and lyrics. As I gain more experience, I gain a refinement in my lyrics.
Growing up, how important was music in your life? It can be a tough road, were your family and friends supportive of this career choice?
Music has always been very important to me! Even before learning an instrument, I would go to my room and put on an album and just lay there and listen and draw or write. My parents have always been extremely supportive of me. I come from a large family and we are all very creative in some way. My parents have always been there for all of us and have always let us be who we are and support our choices.
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music in your career? Have you had an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?
That is tough to answer. I think I could say it has ALL been a big surprise! Like I mentioned before, my path is quite unique. I have challenges that most violinists don’t have because of the genre I have pursued. Maybe the surprise is, that I’m doing it and that I really do bring joy to people every time I perform. That is the greatest surprise and gift of all!! The more I am true to myself, the more the world listens.
You have shared the stage with many incredible performers so I am curious which one really stands out the most to you? Who have you learned the most form?
I am lucky to have performed with all of the people I have so far. Every single one of them has taught me so much! It’s hard to pick just one artist…. I would have to say that a few that stand out would be Lukas Nelson and his band The Promise of The Real, Walter Trout and his band, Blind Melon, and The Adicts. They are all very different genres, but I had such different and fun experiences with all of them and really learned so much from every performance.
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