We had the good fortune of connecting with Emer Kinsella and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emer, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
A goal for my business has been to use music as a vehicle to bring people together, to explore unique stories and to brighten up the world we live in. I am also passionate about creating a dialogue for discussion through music and to connect communities by creating new spaces and avenues to experience music and stories. Through the creation of pop up concerts, writing the music to films and contributing music to interactive installations, social impact is always at the forefront of my artistic goals. I have had the pleasure of working and collaborating with other artists who have a similar sensibility to exploring stories and coming up with creative ideas to create impact in everyday life. Over the last year, I created an immersive site-specific concert called Intrinsic Strings which brought people from all over LA together into nature to experience a transformative music performance at the top of the Baldwin Hills scenic overlook in Culver City. It was amazing to have the support of so many artists and people in the city who dedicated their time to making the concert happen. It was also wonderful to interact with the local community in Culver City, from the local stores to press outlets showing support and helping to advertise the concert as well as the state park allowing us to use the space at the top of the Culver Stairs. As a film composer, I recently completed the music score to a feature film called I Hate New Years by Tello Films and am working on another feature film called She The Creator by Juliette Wallace which explores the topic and importance of mental health amongst artists. Over quarantine, I was involved with a pop up concert in a grocery store that went viral online with over 12 million views where myself and fellow violinist Bonnie von Duyke performed the hymn from Titanic at an empty toilet paper aisle. Our aim was to create awareness to the struggles that many in the music industry are facing due to cancelled concerts and in person recording sessions due to the Covid 19 crisis. We were delighted to bring some laughter and lightness into people’s lives at the time. It is a joy to connect with people in different environments through music.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Life can be like a jigsaw, piecing together aspects that lead you down a path that you may have envisioned but also sometimes bringing you in new directions. It’s not always easy. Starting out as a violinist, moving into writing music for films, media and live concerts and creating my own music videos has been an adventure and brings constant learning challenges with it. My career has taken me across 5 different countries and each culture has contributed to my artistic sensibilities. I try to keep things fresh and learn from collaborators. Every project brings with it new insights. Perseverance is key, knowing that there are multiple approaches to every challenge and finding ways to solve them takes an open mind and willingness to listen to others and to try things from different perspectives. I love accessing storylines, matching the tone in a film scene, delving into the drama on screen or working with a dance installation or immersive concert. Music can resonate with so many people and I’m very grateful to be able to work in a medium which can have a deeply emotional and cultural impact on the world and can be effective in so many different formats. It’s exciting for me to find connections between storylines and musical devices. I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to write the music score for two feature films over this quarantine period and have learnt a lot in the process. Discovering and creating tones and textures to amplify a feeling and create a world is what is special about my field of work. This is equally important in the area of live performance and I hope live concerts will be able to resume as soon as possible. It was wonderful to be a collaborator on the song Incantation on Whitney Tai’s new album Apogee. Music is a form of communication and I’m determined through my work to access others by being part of impactful stories which inspire and challenge perspectives.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take a friend on a visit to LA to Venice beach, one of my favorite places in LA. Spend some time at different bars in Venice, then to the Baldwin Hills scenic overlook for a hike in Culver City. I would take them to my favorite restaurant in Hollywood Hoy-Ka Thai Noodle. Then for a walk around Little Tokyo and explore Koreatown. I would make sure to take them to the Lake Hollywood Reservoir also and drive by the film studios such as Warner Brothers, Paramount and Sony.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There’s a number of people I could mention for their invaluable support which makes it difficult to pick just one person or group. I would like to give a shoutout to a book that I’m a fan of: -Making Music by Dennis DeSantis distributed by Ableton. There are a lot of strategies in the book which are useful for composing and producing music and it has a very clear layout that presents each topic organized by problem, followed by solution. It’s a great book to pick up at any time and has a lot of useful insights presented in a colorful format. I’m also a big fan of using Ableton and perform often with live loops with ambient violin and had the opportunity to perform my live songs at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood last January.
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