INTERVIEW WITH… ART POP ARTIST EMPARA MI
A conversation with fierce new voice and artist on the rise Empara Mi.
British-Irish Singer-Songwriter Empara Mi fuses passion, pop sensibility, drama into her electro-pop songs. Born and raised in Guernsey as Chloe Curran. At 15 she moved to London to pursue music where Empara Mi (meaning to seize or take) was born. Empara Mi released a mini-album ‘Suitcase Full Of Sins’ and a collaboration with Sub Focus & Wilkinson on a the track ‘Freedom’. I interviewed Empara via email about her new music and more. You can read the interview below.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Hi, Chloe, First off… How are you doing? How has the year been for you?
EMPARA MI: Hey, I’m great thank you! I can’t say it’s been the easiest year ever but I’ve tried to make the most of it regardless, as I’m sure everyone else has been too! I would have loved to be touring right now but my plans for that have halted so instead I’ve focused on writing for myself and other artists and working on production more than I’ve ever done before. I’ve also been lucky enough to go home and spend time with my family, which has been amazing.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Tell us about how you started as a musician and singer-songwriter? About how you became Empara Mi?
EMPARA MI: I’ve always known I wanted to be a singer but I’m from a small island where I wasn’t sure whether I would feel completely out of my depth somewhere a lot bigger, so I left home when I was 15 to go to a school in England that did a lot more music. Ironically I then ended up doing a history degree but I wrote and practiced music whilst I studied so by the time I graduated I started writing for different record labels and it all began from there! Empara was a name I came up with to separate the person everyone knew me to be from my music and the way I liked to write for myself. It helps me be more creative because it’s a character. You know when you’ve done something naughty and your parents call you by your full name… that’s how I’d feel if I were singing my music using my real name.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: You released a mini-album earlier this year titled ‘Suitcase Full Of Sins’. Can you dive into more of the creative and recording process behind it? I love that album title btw. What was the thought process in choosing that album title?
EMPARA MI: This album has been recorded over about five years so its been everywhere. I recorded some in my bedroom, some in studios in LA, some I’ve produced myself, some has been produced by some of my idols so there wasn’t a specific process for it, it was just a combination of some of my favourite songs I’ve written over the years that all felt like they belonged together. And for the album title… I’m not going to lie… my mum came up with it. Mum knows best.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Your newest single ‘Saving All My Love’ hooks the listener immediately. How did the single and music video for this song come together?
EMPARA MI: Thank you, I originally wrote it on piano years ago and I refound it again and produced it in my bedroom during lockdown, so it’s my little lockdown baby. I started producing it right at the beginning of lockdown so things weren’t really looking up at that point so I wanted to produce something for myself to jump around too and I liked it enough to release it!
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: You also collaborated recently with Sub Focus & Wilkinson for the song ‘Freedom’. How did that collab come together?
EMPARA MI: Yes, again another lockdown venture. They sent me an instrumental and we were in full lockdown at that point so I thought it was pretty fitting to write about when we’d be free again, hence the title ‘Freedom’.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Checking out your YouTube. Your music videos often express powerful thematic statements resembling mini-movies. Have you always been in charge of your creative agency in and out of your music videos? Has your creative process changed or grown over the years?
EMPARA MI: I love movies, everything I do I focused around making music for a movie. I’m creating as I write, so that’s why all my videos have this feeling of a scene from a movie. I love drama, I love big strings and ethereal soundscapes so there is a filmic element to the music, which just wants interesting visuals. I couldn’t imagine ‘WYGD’ as anything other than a montage of me being beaten the shit out of and surviving… it just had to be.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Do you have a favorite place that you like to write songs in? Or just a place that you find super inspiring?
EMPARA MI: My bedroom, with all my neon lights on, candles burning and my dogs by my feet.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Switching gears… if you had a talk show who would be your first three guests be and why?
EMPARA MI: My boyfriend because he cracks me up and he’s a musician so it works, then I’d probably say my two dogs for eye candy.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What’s a piece of pop culture that’s made the most impact on your life?
EMPARA MI: I don’t know if this counts as pop culture but Romeo and Juliet the Baz Luhrmann version was something I will never forget as it influenced the way I looked at music and how I wanted to write.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: What is your earliest musical memory?
EMPARA MI: Me singing as the fifth angel to the right next to pineapple in the nativity play in primary school.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Seeing as we are all about positivity here at TRB. Who are some female artists from this year that you find awe-inspiring & talented that you’d love to shine a light on?
EMPARA MI: Bree Runway hands down, that girl is fire.
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: And… the last question! It’s December… What is your pick for the best album and song of 2020?
EMPARA MI: Suitcase Full Of Sins – ‘Shout’
THE RECLUSIVE BLOGGER: Thank you for your time, Empara Mi! 🙂