Q&A Scene: EMMA YUE

Tell us about your new single Lonely Lover?

Lonely Lover is the result of trying to turn a negative emotion that I’ve felt for a long time into something positive. I had reached a point where I was tired of feeling the same way all the time and decided to try to change my mind set about my loneliness that caused by moving countries twice when I was younger (don’t let me give moving a bad name though, there were so many incredible benefits of having done it!).   

What’s your favourite work at this point in time? 

I write songs as a form of processing my emotions (because affording therapy? In this economy? Absolutely not), and I’ve written a couple lately that have been really cathartic. One in particular (that I’m yet to decide a name on) I’ve been playing over and over just for the emotional connection I have to it and to help me do all that super fun catharsis.   

How would you describe your sound in food form and why? 

My very good friend Sarah just read this question over my shoulder and said, “I think your sound would be like a crunchy apple, and I have nothing to back that up with”. After a pause she added “It’s sweet but it’s crunchy. It’s emotional and vulnerable but it’s also like ‘rock on’”.  And to be honest, that’s a far better answer than I would’ve come up with so I’m gonna leave it at that. 

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote.

One of my favourite memories from being in the studio the day we recorded drums for my next single (exciting). It’s a pretty high energy song and purely for vibes I went into the recording studio with my drummer (Marcelina Permatasari, a queen) and my earplugs and danced to her playing drums. I may have been a huge distraction, but I sure had fun, and Marcy and I had a few really good laughs that day.   

What, or who, inspires you?

Anyone who knows me would shout “liar” if I said anything other than Taylor Swift. Her influence comes through hugely in my writing, and I tend to tap into the emotional side of things and storytelling of music like she does.  

Which song do you wish you wrote?

Lately I’ve been listening to heaps of Gracie Abrams, and she has this stunning song called “I should hate you” that resonates with me so much. I love the catharsis that comes with singing along to that song in the car, and I really hope one day to have the same effect on someone with my music.  

What’s next for you?

In the immediate future I have a headline show I’m SO hyped for at the Gaso Upstairs on March 28th! After that, more music, more gigs baby!! I’ve got some really exciting things in the works my music is going to be even more honest and raw and hopefully cathartic for people who see themselves in the songs.   

What’s your scene?

My scene is purely dependent on vibes. Sometimes I’m a classier wine bar girlie (I actually run a bookclub that meets at wine bars around Melbourne), sometimes I’m a camping off the grid girlie, sometimes I’m a gremlin ADHD girlie. Sometimes I make pottery and sometimes I smash it in a rage room. Sometimes I’m a folky cottage core guitar-playing singer-songwriter and sometimes I’m a torn fishnets and bulk noise rock girlie. What my vibes are at any given moment? Who’s to say.

Photo credit: Sara Regan (Elytssara)

 

EMMA YUE SHARES INTIMATE BALLAD LONELY LOVER
AND ANNOUNCES SINGLE LAUNCH AT THE GASO UPSTAIRS ON MARCH 28

A glistening yet gritty journey into self-reflection, the brand new single Lonely Lover(out today) is the ultimate indie rock ode to independence and the pursuit of connection from Melbourne singer-songwriter Emma Yue, who will be celebrating the track’s release with a gig at The Gaso Upstairs on March 28.

 

Continuing Emma’s knack for weaving addictive hooks with raw lyricism, Lonely Lover thrives with serene textures and spirited vulnerability, with the track driven by buoyant instrumentation and Emma’s crystalline vocals. A compelling earworm, Lonely Lover initially began life well beyond its firm indie flavours, with Emmadrawing on long-term sonic influences to shift the new track to its latest form alongside newer muses. And while Lonely Lover may stem from bittersweet sentiments, its ultimate effect is one of hope, as Emma explains, “This single is probably the most honest and raw song I’ve released so far. It represents so much of my reality and feels so authentic to myself, which makes it sort of terrifying to share. When that fear and doubt comes up in my mind I’ve gotten into the habit of reminding myself that I really want to share it so that maybe people who can relate feel a little less alone and a little more optimistic. Around the time of writing it, I was really getting into some Aussie bands like Spacey Jane, but also absolutely obsessed with the song Kilby Girl by The Backseat Lovers. I think those influences came through a bit, while also having grown up listening to Taylor Swift all through my teenage years, her lyrical influence is definitely felt too. When I originally wrote the song, it was far more singer-songwriter and had a country rock feel to it, which I wanted to lean away from a bit. I worked with an incredible producer, Gus Cannon, who took the song and my description of how I wanted it be and gave it the sound it has now. He has been a huge influence on the finished product that we’re both incredibly proud of.

 

With Marcelina Permatasari on drums, Gus Cannon on co-production and backing vocals, and Brad Jackson on co-production, mixing and mastering dutiesLonely Lover not only carries stylistic nods to Emma’s past and present; it also captures her own personal experiences with loneliness and isolation, emerging with a catchy yet universally relatable sonic gem. “When I wrote the song it was after a night out with a friend of mine and her long-time childhood friend who had come to visit her,” Emma explains. I had such a lovely time with them both, but seeing their familiarity and effortless closeness made me feel incredibly lonely and got me thinking about my friendships and how moving countries at age 10 and 12 had played its role in them. That was about three years ago now, and since then the meaning of the song has very much changed to being about the loneliness of having a difficult emotional relationship with my parents. I was also reflecting on other parts of my life so far where I had felt lonelygrowing up as a woman of colour in a predominantly white society, being a member of the LGBTQ community and being neurodivergent were all things that had made me feel socially isolated at various points too. While the song sounds upbeat and defiant and like an anthem of independence, it really is just about a girl who has a souldeep loneliness and realises the only way that’s going to change is to become everything she needed for herself.

 

A self-confessed purveyor of the phrase ‘do it for the plot’, Emma Yue has been capturing her effortlessly poetic creativity since an early age, first penning lyrics in the dark when she was eight before transforming her words into songs in her teens, channelling her craft as a form of self-expression and catharsis that has carried over into adulthood. Embodying the rollercoaster ups and downs of your early 20s, Emma pairs her personal experiences with themes of self-identity, sex, relationships, and mental health fused with genreblending indie, pop rock, and punk sounds. Deeply driven by emotions, Emma’s musical vibe transports you to deeply intimate and familiar places; think wine drunk on the floor with your closest friends, speaking about taboo topics, stomach sore from laughing while knowing you need to be up early the next morning for work. Emma also firmly carries this feeling onto the stage with her five-piece band, and while her latest single Lonely Lover may be releasing on Valentine’s Day in 2024 – it certainly isn’t your average love song for the broken hearted, as Emma concludes, “To be honest I just thought it was a bit comical, I knew I wanted to release the song in mid-February and it didn’t occur to me to release it on that day until I saw the automatic “Valentine’s Day” event that Apple has in my calendar. While the song isn’t actually about romantic relationships, it definitely could be interpreted that way, and we absolutely love the kickass single independent queens of the world.

 

Lonely Lover is out now

Tickets are available now to The Gaso Upstairs on March 28.

 

LONELY LOVER SINGLE LAUNCH | THU 28 MARCH | THE GASO UPSTAIRS | TICKETS

 

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