Music & Me: Emmy the Great

Emmy The Great, aka 27-year-old Emma Lee-Moss, grew up in Hong Kong and the Home Counties. Now based in London, the singer-songwriter sang with Noah and the Whale before making two solo albums, First Love (2009) and Virtue (released this June).

The first record I bought was...

"Metallica" by Metallica, which is how I discovered the 'c' word. I took it to my parents and asked them to confiscate it but they said it was too late. My first single was a few years later, Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic”. I had to ask my cool ex-babysitter what the difference between an album and a single was.

The first gig I went to was...

Kylie Minogue at a stadium in Hong Kong. It was during her ‘big hats’ phase - Enjoy Yourself. I also saw David Copperfield at the same stadium, which was slightly more impressive, because he could fly.

My favourite album is...

"Pinkerton" by Weezer. Their debut, "The Blue Album", came out just as I was forming my own music tastes that were separate from my parents’ tastes. Weezer was one of the first bands that actually defined my generation as it was happening. "Pinkerton" came out in 1996. I still think of it as a perfect album, especially because the song “Across The Sea” is about fan mail from schoolgirls in East Asia, and mentions the kind of stationery that you have to have lived there to picture. I still love Weezer. I’m literally going to Japan just to watch them play a festival this year.

But my parents always liked...

Genesis, Peter Gabriel, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, James Taylor. These days my dad buys a lot of Beyonce albums for the cover photo. Eventually I’m going to show him how to use Google.

I couldn't marry someone who liked...

Drive time. Or the kind of music that I’d describe as ‘a disgrace to Ibiza’. My neighbours love to play that kind of music on Bank Holidays.

On stage I like to wear...

Apparently my old look was '12-year-old librarian'. I found that funny, because I was always copying my bandmate Euan. These days our band’s style is 'grunge-lite'. I recently found an Issey Miyake top with a picture of the moon landing on it. I will be wearing that every day until I die and then one more time at my funeral.

I'd love to perform with...

The cast of Sesame Street. I’m not frighteningly ambitious but the things I’d do to duet with a Muppet are chilling.

One thing that must change in the music industry is...

In the British music industry: not allowing bands to develop before major success is required of them. There is a better culture of a long game in US indie music.

A great album cover is...

Little Wings’ "Soft Pow’r". We used to stay at a musicians’ guest house in Manchester, and we’d often meet other bands in the family room over breakfast. Kyle from Little Wings, who is also an artist, was there a lot and one time I bought this album from him. I’ve framed it, but it gets taken down and listened to as well.

On my iPod I listen most to...

“Heaven or Las Vegas” by Cocteau Twins.

If I could have written any song it would have been...

"Don’t Forget Me" by Harry Nilsson. He was the most incredibly versatile and creative songwriter. When I discovered him it was like finding a consolidated file for everything I love in pop music. My boyfriend likes to joke that Nilsson ripped off Rufus Wainwright before he was born. To go back to the Muppets, it blew my mind when I first heard Nilsson and discovered that the song "[The Lime In The] Coconut", as sung by Kermit, was by him.

The worst song I have heard is...

"Champion" by British rapper Chipmunk. It has the lyric “There’s a higher level than the top/ You gotta make more, don’t do with what you got/ Go get it, sonny/ Not everybody gets a second chance of making money.” It's a crap sentiment. Someone needs to sit Chipmunk down and talk him through the rampant capitalism that started the financial crisis. It also comes with some of most boring music you’ll ever hear. To make it worse, it features Chris Brown. And there’s a vanity helicopter in the video. If he really was a champion, his helicopter would be more awesome. He's obviously never seen "Coming Home" by Diddy, where Diddy rides his helicopter side-saddle.

Emmy is currently on an extensive UK tour, and releases her new single “Paper Forest” on 19 September on Close Harbour Records.

Arts and Entertainment

game of thrones reviewWarning: spoilers

Arts and Entertainment
The original Star Wars trio of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill

George Osborne confirms Star Wars 8 will film at Pinewood Studios in time for 4 May


Arts and Entertainment
Haunted looks: Matthew Macfadyen and Timothy Spall star in ‘The Enfield Haunting’

North London meets The Exorcist in eerie suburban drama


Arts and Entertainment

Filming to begin on two new series due to be aired on Dave from next year


Arts and Entertainment
Kit Harington plays MI5 agent Will Holloway in Spooks: The Greater Good

'You can't count on anyone making it out alive'film
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

ebooksNow available in paperback
Arts and Entertainment

  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

    Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

    Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
    Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

    Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

    Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
    China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

    China's influence on fashion

    At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
    Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

    The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

    Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
    Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

    Rainbow shades

    It's all bright on the night
    'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

    Bread from heaven

    Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
    Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

    How 'the Axe' helped Labour

    UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
    Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

    The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

    A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
    Welcome to the world of Megagames

    Welcome to the world of Megagames

    300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
    'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

    Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

    Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
    Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

    Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

    The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
    Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

    Vince Cable exclusive interview

    Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
    Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

    Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

    Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
    Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

    It's time for my close-up

    Meet the man who films great whites for a living
    Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

    Homeless people keep mobile phones

    A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before