We love celebrating brand new artists who are on the rise here at Lemonade. It always makes it extra special when the artist is international such as Australia’s own, Emily Perry. Her blend of dance and pop music could not come at a better time considering all of the festival lineups that have come out this year. The vibe is taking the world by storm and we have an inkling that Emily Perry is going to be a significant part of that.
We recently had a chance to ask Emily Perry a few questions about her new music, living in the USA and more. Check it out below!
Lemonade Magazine: Tell us a little about yourself, Emily.
Emily Perry: Hey guys! Thank you so much for having me! I am Emily Perry and I am a singer from Australia, currently based in Los Angeles. I got into music when I was very young, realized it was all I wanted to do with my life and now here I am finishing up my first album, prepping for my promo tour and creating more and more music everyday!
LM: I had several friends from Australia growing up and the joke from them was that Australia is stuck in the 80s when it comes to music (not such a bad thing considering some of the throwback sounds lately). What was it like for you growing up there and getting into the music industry?
EP: It’s definitely not a bad thing! I mean, come on, the 80s were incredible years for music. Australia has a very wide range of music and it is full of so much crazy talent! I loved growing up there and I think it really shaped me into the artist I am today. Although the industry is small, everyone has a really good, chill vibe and is really supportive of each other. The music scene in Australia is very art and culture driven which really creates organic and individual music.
LM: You now live between Sydney and Los Angeles. What are your favorite and least favorite parts of the two places?
EP: Growing up in Australia is a big part of who I am, and I wouldn’t want to change that at all. Coming over here is definitely surreal and such an incredible experience but Australia is my roots and it’s nice to have two places I can call home.
Australia was a beautiful place to grow up. It has a really laid-back, relaxed culture. I think the people and the experiences back home have definitely given me a different writing style. Australia is overflowing with talent and we love making music. We have a very strong indie presence in the Australian industry that has a really relaxed, organic feel to it.
Given that Australia is a much smaller country with a much smaller music industry than the US, it does mean that there are many more opportunities in the US for new artists.
LM: You’ve worked with names like Alius, Cindy Valentine and the Jackie Boyz so far in your young career. What has it been like working with artists like that and what’s the biggest thing you’ve taken away from them so far?
EP: It has been an unforgettable experience. I would not be the artist I am today if it weren’t for all the experience and knowledge I have received from all the writers and producers I have been blessed to work with. You never get to a point where there isn’t something more that you can learn. I am thankful for everything I have learnt from all these legends. I am continuing to grow and my music is continuing to grow with me.
LM: Your single “Boom” was quite the success and understandable so, but personally I am a big fan of your latest single, “Walk In Silence”. Tell us a little bit about that track.
EP: Thank you so much. “Boom” was an incredible ride and I think this newest single was the perfect song to follow on from it. “Walk in Silence” is my newest single release and I am so thankful for the response it has already received! I wrote this song with one of a kind producers, Joe Cruz and Cindy Valentine. We all put a piece of our personal feelings into it. I pulled a line or two out of my songbook with this one. I was 11 the first time I started using a writing journal.
Now I have stacks and stacks of them. I have songs in these books from years ago and songs from yesterday. Everything I’ve ever felt or thought or seen, I’ve written down. Lyrically this song means a lot to me. I think this song is very prominent with everything going on in our industry today. This song is definitely on the slower side but with a contemporary, pop twist. We put a lot of love and energy into this song and I am so thankful for the response it has already received. Currently “Walk In Silence” is sitting at number 19 on the Billboard Dance Club Charts!
LM: I heard a rumor that the music video just came out as well?
EP: Ah, yes, the rumors are true! The official visual for “Walk In Silence” has dropped and is already getting an amazing reaction. This was a very intimate, one on one kind of video that was very special to film. It is a nice contrast considering my upcoming video is very fast paced and full of energy!
LM: Heading into the summer here (at least for those of us in North America), we’re always trying to figure out what to put on our summer playlists. Who have you been listening to lately that has really peaked your interest?
EP: Summer playlists are always the most fun! I feel it is essential to throw in some Destiny’s Child, Bruno Mars, Kehlani and at the moment definitely some Dua Lipa. However, not to give anything away, but I also have a summer jam coming out next month so keep your eyes peeled for that!
LM: What do you have planned for 2018? Any shows?
EP: I will be doing a lot of travelling this year. I’ve got a lot more music that I’m excited to release along with visuals and other projects. We are already gearing up or the next single release then to be followed by the full album late this year. I am currently prepping for my upcoming promo tour, so watch www.emilyperry.me for updates.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine