Meet Emily, a 24-year-old Spotify playlist curator from Brooklyn.
“Honestly, I made this just to get me through my days. Funk and soul always thumps all the right notes for me. Whether my days be good or bad, there's a song for every occasion. Music gets me through the job too. Granted, I just quit this restaurant I had been at for 5yrs, but I was always allowed to pick the music. You knew it was my shift as soon as you stepped through that door! Regardless, I play this playlist everywhere, always adding to it too. If Soul Train was still running on the air, I'd like to think an artist like, D'Angelo or Erykah Badu would be featured. This playlist isn't really strict to the times, its a reflection. A compilation of all that is movin' and groovin'!”
Who is your favorite artist?
If you're a lover of music, you know there can never be one answer to a question like this. The guilt gets real when you forget a good fav. Check out the playlist and you'll find your answer *wink*
Best concert you've ever been to?
There's been so many. I'd even count the kickass NYC DIY shows I go to! *Support Your Local Music Scene* But to "answer" your question, either seeing Chaka Khan in Prospect Park, which became Brooklyn's biggest block party! Or seeing Erykah Badu in Coney Island... both life-changing!
Do you play any instruments? If not is there one you would like to learn?
I love to sing, lets me hear what my soul sounds like, but I started off playing drums as a kid and then fell in love with the guitar. I've been hooking up with harmonicas and have a little fling with the bass now. I'd love to learn sax... ain't nothing like a sexy soul sax solo.
What artist (dead or alive) had the biggest impact on your life?
Lately, it's been, Marvin Gaye. The "What's Going On" album will forever be a game-changer in music, and at the time, the Motown sound. He was so real and true with every song he ever sang. His words and deliverance, so smooth, so raw, gnawing at how one deals with personal demons. Along with shining a light on the sociopolitical issues that affect our communities and planet as a whole. All of this still holds true. I'm also obsessed with his, "Here, My Dear" record... great breakup album when the occasion arises.