Meet Emily Harris, a 21 year old from Wales, UK.
“I find that a lot of the time, at pre-drinks and house parties, people don’t have a playlist for it, they’re just sort of shuffling through music. So I made one full of popular songs over the years, current chart toppers and some dance music I think really lifts the energy of the party. That way, there’s always a playlist ready for when someone says “I don’t know what music to play” and there’s always at least one song that each individual loves.”
What music did you listen to growing up as a kid?
I honestly didn’t really listen to music that much growing up. I grew up doing theatre but never really delved into the huge world of music. In my early teens, I could never understand how people just sat in their room listening to it, whilst doing nothing. I was sort of just the cliche teenage girl who was obsessed with boy bands and Justin Bieber. It never really went further than that. When I was around 16/17, I randomly got into bands and the whole alternative/rock scene. I was hooked immediately and I find it weird thinking back to the days when I wasn’t listening to music every spare second I had.
Do you play an instrument? If no, what instrument would you love to learn?
I’ve played piano since I was six and I still absolutely love it to this day. I have also always loved to sing but I’ve never really taken lessons which I’d love to do. I did dabble in drums when I was younger but didn’t have the motivation, encouragement or confidence to really try and get good. I think about taking it back up all the time though.
What is your favorite quote?
“In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” Regardless of whether you believe in God, I think this quote is a great one to follow for life. At the end of your existence you die with your beliefs, your good and bad deeds and your intentions. People are always going to have good and bad things to say about every single thing you do, so make sure you die knowing you were as true to yourself as possible and lived with the best intentions.
If you could interview any artist, dead or alive, who would you interview and why?
Kurt Cobain. It seems like a generic choice but he was an artist that influenced so many young people, both musically and sort of politically, and continues to do so to this day. Especially because he passed so young, I feel like there’s a lot of unanswered questions. Let’s also not ignore the mass of conspiracy theories surrounding his death.
What is more important to you, music or lyrics? Why?
I think both should be deemed a priority when writing a song. However, if I had to pick one, for me it would be lyrics. You could create a piece of musical genius but if the lyrics lack depth or preach some toxic message, you’re ruining the whole song for me.