Today we’d like to introduce you to Aemilia.
So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
My first professionally recorded song was made four years ago. It came out of a home studio in my friend’s garage, and I didn’t think much of it. I posted it straight to SoundCloud as soon as it was finished, and I remember looking at it the next day and it was already close to 500 plays! I was so excited that other people wanted to listen to something I made, so I started writing for another song. Since then, I have slowly realized the genres and styles of music that I like, and the messages I feel strongly about making. The most integral part is the writing of the music itself, but over the years I have learned what makes an unforgettable performance, visual and production to accompany the writing. I’ve met so many creative and talented people along the way that have helped me to shape who I am as an artist today, and I’m excited about all of the upcoming projects that I am working on.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It was in the beginning because I thought it was as simple as uploading the music and waiting for people to listen. But, as time went on, I realized I wanted to reach a larger scale, and that was hard because at first I didn’t know how to make that happen. It was a lot of research, trial and error and I now have the tools to reach the larger audience I always wanted. I overthink a lot. So a lot of times I got in my own way. If I didn’t immediately see results I would panic and quit. Now I see things differently. I just have to keep trying until I find the one way that does work. In the beginning, I also struggled with trying to make my image more “professional” or “official”, but I now realize that being authentic and being true to who I am is the best way to portray myself.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My brand has evolved into more than music now. I am an all around artist. I opened a shop a couple of years ago, and there I sell my artwork, streetwear and accessories. I am known for being a crafty person, I always have! When I was eight, I started my very first business- selling scarves I knitted to my parents’ coworkers and friends. I am proud of being able to integrate all of these different things that I do, and that sets me apart because I have more than one passion, and I’m pursuing them all at the same time.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
There are so many people that I’m grateful for because without them, I would not have been able to accomplish a lot of the things that I have so far. My friend, Cruise was the first engineer that I worked with, and he was one of my biggest supporters. He was the one who convinced me I had what it takes to become a serious artist. He would go to all of my performances, record my music, and be there as a friend when I needed it. Currently, I feel like I have a group of friends that is also my “team”. We all support each other’s efforts and are always down to collaborate! My friend Tay has engineered all of my recent music, and my friends Sumaya and Swizz always have the camera ready for photoshoots or music video ideas. I HAVE to give credit to them! Without their support and talent it would be impossible to be doing the things I am doing.
- My hand painted denim pieces in my shop are by far my favorite, and they range in price from $60-$200
- Always open to collaborate on music! If you are looking for female vocals, I charge $100 for a feature
- Currently open to commissions for artwork. Currently I have skateboard deck wall art that goes for $200
- Website: https://www.depop.com/shopaemilia/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aemiliaofficial/
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