My Heroine’s ‘Driven To Distraction’ was one of my favourite EP’s released last year, full of great tracks and the distinctive voice of singer Emma Harrop, so when I heard Emma was doing some solo material I just had to check it out.
The video’s she has released so far are ace, just simple, stripped back acoustic tracks where her songwriting skills and strong vocals really stand out.
I took the opportunity to catch up with Emma on the eve of her first ever solo show.
Can you please Introduce yourself to our readers? Hi, My name is Emma Harrop and I am a London based singer songwriter from the North West.
Are My Heroine still a band, or they just on a break? We are on a short break at the moment as we are undergoing a lineup change, we are currently looking for a drummer and a lead guitarist if anyone reading this is interested!?
Will your solo material be mainly acoustic? Yes, I like the simplicity of picking up my guitar and being ready to play immediately without having to faff about with amps! I also like the natural warm tone of the acoustic guitar.
What’s your songwriting process like? I write from my own experiences and observations so the songs are very personal to me and almost a form of therapy. I always have ideas and lyrics floating around my head so I try to have a pen and paper in my bag for whenever inspiration strikes. I travel a lot for rehearsals with the band so have written many songs on trains! I usually have quite a few songs on the go at the same time as I try to let them develop naturally.
Will you be releasing a single/ep/album? I would love to, I’ve got a few recording options in the pipeline but it s too early to say yet, I will keep you posted!
Do you have any touring or gigging plans? I will be playing my first acoustic gig at Vibe bar in Shoreditch, London on Monday 20th June, I’ll also be playing at Eastbourne Extreme festival on the weekend of 13th/14th July which will be awesome!
What’s on your ipod at the moment? I’ve pretty much stuck to my roots listening to the bands I grew up with such as New Found Glory and Alkaline trio. I’ve also got some great female icons like Blondie and Paloma Faith. Newer additions include The 1975, Jessie Ware, and unsigned artist Jon Fazal I discovered at an open mic night recently.
What are your future plans? I will be making more videos for my youtube channel, and just generally continuing to write and gig as much as possible.
Please take the time to check out Emma’s youtube page for more of her acoustic videos.