Meet Emily, a 26 year old Spotify playlist curator from Montreal, Canada…
“I live in Montreal now but I am a Cincinnati native and still a Midwesterner at heart. I am a queer embroidery artist (@mtlstitch on Instagram) and an amateur genealogist!”
When & why did you make your playlist?
I made this playlist years ago, probably around 2015, it's followed me through multiple Spotify accounts and has been added to through the years (kind of like a sourdough starter, I just keep feeding it). I made it because I was never able to find a playlist that really encompassed the whole feeling of the idea of the Season of the Witch and autumn, so many were focused on one or two specific genres and they didn't do it for me, so I made my own.
Describe your playlist. Perfect situation(s) for jamming include:
I'd say it's the playlist that makes me feel the most sure of myself, something about it makes me feel powerful, in control, witchy, exactly what I want to feel 90% of the time. It really feels like the perfect autumn night to me, but also the playlist to clean your apartment to, it covers all bases.
What was the best concert you've ever attended and why? (Include as many details as you'd like: city / venue / when / with whom...)
The best concert I ever attended was absolutely Neon Trees at the end of May in 2011 at Bogarts in Cincinnati. I had just graduated high school, I went with my childhood best friend and we got in line hours in advance so we could be in the front. Tyler Glenn absolutely changed the way I looked at my life that night when he spoke about accepting yourself, the church, and just being as authentic as you can be. At the time, we (both Tyler and myself) were still in the closet and struggling to leave church and it was the first time anyone had ever told me I could be someone other than what the church expected of me. I've really grown with Tyler Glenn's solo music, being about coming out and leaving the church, it's always stuck with me and marks such a turning point in my life as well as being one of the funnest and highest energy concerts I've ever been to, ensuring that Neon Trees would be one of the only bands I would continuously go see live anytime they were playing near me.
What kind of music / artists did you grow up listening to?
A little bit of everything, my parents were into very different styles of music. Bluegrass, hair metal, 70's rock, 90's pop, 90's hip hop. You name it, my parents probably had one of the albums between them.
Who are your all-time favorite artists and why?
Dixie Chicks, they were the first band to make me feel like I could leave home and be something, they stood up for what they believed in even in the face of losing their careers and just all around have been amazing, feminist influences my whole life who truly make some of my all time favorite music. Lizzo, she's absolutely life changing and her unapologetic sense of self is everything I've been waiting for, also the only music I listen to while getting ready in the morning other than RuPaul.