Meet the 22-year old West London singer and songwriter, Emiko. Having just released his latest single ‘Care Free’, he’s had the pleasure of appearing on Reprezent Radio and BBC 1Xtra most recently. His delicate smooth voice radiates each track he’s layered on, and he seems to have an infectious open personality which is exciting to see from a young artist. Be sure to keep tabs on his latest releases this year.
Emiko answered a short Q&A below:
How long have been making music, and what got you into music?
I have been making music my whole life, As a child, I would write songs that I never finished or that never materialized, some consisting of only 3 lines of a verse, a chorus or just a melody. I would say though that in the last year is when I starting making and finishing music that I was proudly calling my own. I always get asked what got me into music and to be honest I can’t really remember life without music involved. I always joke and say that I probably came out of my mother’s womb crying in tune(ish). I have just always been singing, I just love it and its a very important part of who I am.
Where do you take inspiration from?
I take inspiration from anything. My own sorrow or happiness, other peoples sorrow and happiness, the way in which people interact with each other, human experiences, it’s all about emotion. I grew up listening to a vast array of music. Rock, Soul, RnB, Disco, Hip Hop, Pop, Country. If I like something and it resonates with me, I am going to listen. My inspirations include Michael Jackson, Lauryn Hill, Otis Redding, Brandy, Frank Ocean, Sam Cooke, Adele, Usher, Chris Brown, New Edition, Whitney Houston. The list really goes on.
What’s the message behind your recent track; Care Free, how were you hoping people would take it
Care Free is a song that explores the power of music and love. Almost everyone has experienced that moment when you hear a song and it takes you back to a specific moment in your life, the memories unfold and you are almost transported back to that moment in time. It might not even be a moment concerning love, maybe death, nonetheless it leaves you with Goosebumps! I wanted to tell that story from my own experience.
Have a listen ‘Care Free’ Below:
What are your five favourite RnB records?
1. Michael Jackson – Remember The Time
2. Mario – Let Me Love You
3. SWV – Weak
4. Lauryn Hill – Ex-Factor
5. New Edition – Can You Stand The Rain
Which five artists would you most like to collaborate with?
2. Pharrell Williams
Have a listen to his first single ‘Is it Real’: