Interview: Emily Daccarett

This year, we’ve had the opportunity to chat to a bunch of bands from the Rogue PR label. Our latest one was with Californian musician and fashion designer Emily Daccarett where we found out about latest projects, influences and Mama Cass’s legendary backyard barbecues.

Interview by Jane Howkins

How is 2019 treating you so far?
2019 has simultaneously passed by so quickly and felt never ending. I’ve spent most of the year working on my EP, Cannibal. I was going through the notebook I use to write down my ideas and saw the beginning of Growin’ Addiction. This originally was going to be my single, but, as I was working on this song, I kept writing and that single turned into an EP. It’s hard to believe how far I’ve come from that initial step. I’m a fashion designer turned singer-songwriter. Designing is still a big part of my life, but this year I took the step to really blend my two passions together.

I worried pursuing a musical career would hinder by fashion brand, but I got to a point where I needed to be true to myself, as corny as that sounds. I feel so motivated to keep on working my music into the fashion line and taking it even further. I’ve already started adding a few trendy active-wear pieces for the release of Cannibal and soon will be adding my anime-inspired mascots.

Have you released any music so far this year? If so, what can you tell us about that?
I released my EP this year on 22 November. It consists of five songs. If I had to describe it, I would say it’s like Blondie had a baby with David Lynch in 2020.

Are you working on any new music at the moment? What are you working on, and when will it be released?
At the moment I’m trying to promote my new EP. It’s nice to be able to relax for a week or two before getting back into the studio. I do have a song in the works that is scheduled to release on Valentine’s Day. I’m excited to see how it turns out and getting to work on a fun love-themed campaign for the song.

Have you got any upcoming tours planned? If so, where are you playing and where are you looking forward to going most?
I don’t have any tours planned thus far. I am however planning more shows in LA that have themes and carry a ’70s aesthetic. I threw my EP release party in this castle-like house in the Hollywood Hills near Mulholland Drive. It was a night of mystery, fashion, and music. I had dancers dressed in my designs perform to one of my songs, which kicked off the night of entertainment. I also had a gallery portion which showcased my latest fashion campaign and we ended the night with a live band performance of my songs. During the show we screened one of the short films I had produced and performed the song live while it played.

For the next I’m planning on doing like a French cabaret in a studio space.

Who/what has influenced you the most as musicians?
David Bowie is a big influence. He never stopped exploring and always seemed to be ahead of times. Once people caught up to his latest character or style, he would change again. As a designer, I think in themes and creating an ambience with my music and fashion.

What have you been listening to recently that you can recommend to our readers?
I haven’t stopped listening to Lana Del Rey’s Norman Fucking Rockwell. It makes all the driving in LA feel somewhat pleasurable. She really captured that California/Venice Beach vibe.

Why do you think people should pick up one of your records or come and see you live, and what can people expect from one of your shows?
My debut EP, Cannibal takes you through a journey of nostalgia, of a time we can only read about; Mama Cass’s legendary backyard barbeques where artists would meet each other, and it was just about creating, while also incorporating a modern twist.

Any last words for the fans?
Thank so much for all your support and excitement. I really hope you enjoy my EP. It was a passion project for all those involved, and we put so much of ourselves into this project.