We had the good fortune of connecting with ÊMIA and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi ÊMIA, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I grew up pretty sheltered so diving deep into music, books and movies was the best way for me to feel like I was experiencing an exciting life. Since then, it’s been so important for me to have a creative career and almost try to reverse engineer that feeling I had as a kid.
I want to create little universes for people to escape into and find themselves in. The writers and artists who did that for me shaped me into who I am and I would love to do that for someone else.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My art is a reflection of everything I lack and everything I am. I grew up sheltered and frugal – and those two things can really force someone to become resourceful. Some of my favorite compliments are when people ask me to share the photoshop file of my cover art or what studio I recorded out of. I have a lot of pride in telling them that there is no photoshop file (it’s just a picture of collage I hand made out of old magazines) and that every record I’ve ever released has been recorded in my room. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not planning on doing things this way forever. The minute it’s possible for me to record out of fancy studios in Europe – I’m there! But something I want to people to know is that my art has always been creating with the mindset that there is no limitations. I love that there is no end to what I can learn on the internet and that true, lasting success lies in being able to connect with people over the internet.
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?
So many to chose from!
Parks: Transmitter Park and McGolrick Park
If we’re hanging out in Brooklyn have to go to the following stores and markets: Terminal Market, Awoke Vintage (all three of them), Beacon’s Closet, Tired Thrift, L train Vintage, and Buffalo Exchange.
We should get a drink at Night of Joy, Diamond Lil, Ampia, or Lola Taverna at some point.
We’ll be eating at Minnows, Le Gamin, Gertie’s, and Wasabi at some point.
We can see a show at Bowery Ballroom, Elsewhere and Baby’s Alright.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
West High Choir and West High Speech and Debate team. I think earliest version of who I was yet to become started in these two groups.
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