We had the good fortune of connecting with Emma Hoeflinger and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Emma, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is such a fickle term. I think it changes just like we do as we make our way through life. So to me the “risk” is simply the nerve to make a choice regardless of the consequences, or rather despite them. I’d say my first big risk was deciding to go to school for music. I knew I was paying my own way and I knew that I was leaving home with the understanding I would be facing a lot of sacrifices down the road for my choice. However, I was raised by risk-takers and when you’ve been subject to the beauty that can stem from the impossible you simply continue to grasp for it. The risk every day for me is the choice to continue to grab hold of the beauty in creating and performing music. The role its played for me personally is redefining what that word means to me, and its meaning became my mantra to continue despite the struggles that arise. It sounds cliche but to risk, is to love, and because of it I have been privileged to share and create with some of my favorite people on this planet.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I grew up in a very musically oriented family. My dad was a touring guitar player and still to this day an incredible songwriter and singer. I have countless memories of looking up on stage at my dad shredding and captivating a room of people. So, how could I not want to be apart of that? I started out singing with my twin and little sister all through school and then I got obsessed with lyrics. Yes, I do remember staring up at the ceiling as a twelve year old listening to Dashboard Confessional and thinking “wow her hair really is everywhere”. Haha! Is that cringe?, %10000, but getting into the lyrical heart of a song is what made me pick-up guitar. At my core I’m a songwriter, but just like everything else we must grow in order to excel. I wanted to be recognized as more than just a singer and getting my chops up as a guitar player not only improved my writing but also my voice. Guess what though? I got bored. Thus, starting my band Oginalii, and all of a sudden my head explodes. Collaboration with band mates and being around musicians far superior to me is exhilarating, challenging, and sometimes makes you want to throw your head against the wall. The people i’ve been able to create with are and always will be the most influential on my musical voice. They come, some stay, and sometimes they have their own passions to pursue, which is a heartbreak like no other, but then I remember i’m lucky enough to have been able to walk through life with them for whatever amount of time we’ve been given. My band Oginalii is everything to me. It is my constant, my love, my reality check, therapy, best friend, and my story. It’s the people and life I have lived thus far and will continue to do so.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’ve lived in Nashville for 11 years now, so this is insanely hard to answer. If i’m going all out, then i’d say we probably start out at Sky Blue Cafe in east, which is one of my favorite breakfast places on earth. I’d probably be looking for a show to check out at Drkmttr, The East Room, The 5 Spot, The Basement/BEAST to name a few of my favorites. Before dinner we’d probably end up rallying at my homies in The Swell Fellas place before we hit up El Fuego or Hawkers before catching a show or ending up at Craft Brewed (one of my favorite beer spots). Top off the night with a trip to Dino’s or Mickey’s and end it all with a round of Mario Party. That’s pretty much the typical and a few of the reasons why I’m still here after all these years.

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?
I truly believe that anyone who says they’ve achieved success on their own might need a kick in the head. We are nothing but what and who we surround ourselves with. With this sentiment, there are far too many people to shower all the love and support they deserve right now. However, my first inspiration in my life has always been my family. I’ve got four sisters and one brother, and two absolutely incredible parents. I watched my parents sacrifice and do the impossible everyday all with the intention to love and support our goals and individual personalities. They gave me the tools to excel and my siblings helped shape my passions through seeing them each become who they are today. To my parents, Dan and Kiersten, and my siblings, Josiah, Rachel, Hannah, Abigail, and Ayanah, you all will never comprehend the respect and love I have for everything little thing you have given me. I wouldn’t be the person I am, nor have the success I’ve obtained without every late night call, group trips to my shows, and push to keep going even when I was exhausted by it all. They deserve my forever Shoutout.

Website: https://www.oginalii.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oginalii/?hl=en

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oginalii/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWp-QRb3F3WHG36mzzrQm1A

Other: Bandcamp: https://oginalii.bandcamp.com/

Image Credits
Abe Munguia H. N. James Chris Poole Ryan Quarles Tanner Gallagher Matt Blum

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