Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Hey FYIG, my name is Emil and I am a rapper/recording artist from New York City. My family and I migrated here, from the Dominican Republic when I was really young. I grew up in the Bronx, which is dripping in culture and I was lucky to soak it all in, but I’ve always been a big dreamer so I knew I didn’t want to stay there. I was always involved in the arts, at first, it was acting, and I can’t lie I was pretty good at it haha. When I discovered my love for music, it was a “wrap” as we say in the BX. I dove in headfirst, and haven’t looked back since.
How did you get your start in music?
My earliest memories of making music were in high school. My younger brother his friend (@Rickstarrbaby who’s now a rapper on the reggeaton end ) recorded a song, and that was the first taste I got of recording, the first time I heard my vocals too (I hated it). I had a really deep conversation with a late friend named Daniel David -- he taught me about the law of attracting what you want and having a purpose. Music gave me that purpose, and once I decided I was in I started attracting those people that would become part of the story.
People like my friend, artist, and mentor ‘Qwaack’ (who I mention in “Effort”) helped me develop my writing early on and my current producer Sharif and I have worked closely to produce and record the recent records.
How would you describe your musical style?
I draw a lot of inspiration from the music I listened to growing up and the songs my dad would play, a lot of salsa and bachata, those genres influence the melodies and cadences that sometimes find their way into my music. My musical style is like “Pop with a hip-hop edge”, it blends elements of hip hop, pop, and R&b. I feel like it’s hip hop music that non-hip hop fans will be into. It’s all real, I get inspired by people and the shit we all go through, so people can relate.
What can audiences expect from your debut EP, “Perfect Timing”?
People can expect a lot of twists and turns from this EP. The album is 27 minutes long, a short but intense ride. The concept for the album came from people waiting for the “perfect time” to pursue a dream when in reality the perfect time is whenever you decide it is. I wrote all the songs and produced them with my inhouse team and a few online producers. I guarantee there’s a song on this EP you and your friends can all relate to, broke up with an ex? There’s a song for you (Awake), Need inspiration? listen to “Effort”, wanna hit 90 on the highway and vibe out throw on “Important” haha. But for real, It was a blast making the album, so I hope the people enjoy it.
You released a bunch of singles and videos leading up to this EP. How have you evolved as an artist in that time?
Great question! I think since the release of my first single “Drippin” in 2017, I’ve evolved in a few ways. I think creatively, I’ve been willing to take more risks and challenge myself, and It’s paid off. I think people should be really excited for the new music to come. Aside from that, I’ve done a lot of live performing since then, my producer and I Sharif Joke that we may not be on yet but we have once of the best ‘live shows’ in the game. To be honest, it’s pretty damn good and that’s just because we’ve always put a lot of time into making it that way. Lastly, I’ve realized how important building relationships are in this business, and learning to collaborate with other creators is key.
What’s next for your career?
In the next few months we’ll be setting up shows throughout NYC, NJ, and CT, but we’re looking to book some festivals for the spring and summertime. My team and I already working on new music and visuals and planning to release another project sometime next year. I’m working on developing overall as an artist, everything from image to sound and really focusing on being the best version of Emil.
What advice would you have for aspiring singers/songwriters?
The advice that I will give any aspiring singer/songwriter is to believe in yourself!!! A lot of the times an artist is his own worst enemy, second-guessing every lyric, every melody, but the reality is if you’re going to be a songwriter you’re going to write thousands of songs, so what’s a shitty lyric or mediocre melody? the fact is that’s the only way to get better, writer through the crap. If you get discouraged, look to those circumstances and people in your life that are confirmation that you’re on track. I would also say, really think about artist development and learning the business of music. There are a lot of things you can do yourself, and if you learn to do them you can always teach people who join your team.
What’s your life like outside of music?
Life outside of music is totally opposite, I work a regular 9 to 5 and they all know I can’t wait to blow up so I can leave lol. I live in Brooklyn and, when I’m not making music I’m staying pretty active either working out or out with friends. I Stay pretty close to family, visit them regularly, they keep me pretty grounded although I think my mom might be starting to believe “the hype” haha. I’m super into fashion, so I spend time shopping either online or at shops throughout the city.
Let the readers know where to find you online.
You can find my music on Spotify, Apple Music, Youtube, and other major music/video streaming platforms. You can sign up for my newsletter to stay up to date with everything that I am doing by visiting www.emilsmusic.com or follow me on Instagram and say what’s up @emilsmusic.