What influences your music?
Musically, vintage country music, 1970s Beirut cabaret and blues. I love strong, determined and unconventionally beautiful female voices who shifted things with their honesty and presence. Lyrically, I’m writing more about metaphysical things, and deeply romanticised memories.
Extended lockdowns really changed the way my memories started looking – they got bigger and more cinematic! Because of this escapism, I’ve stopped writing about my own life, and instead try to draw on different narrative voices and stories. This change has made me less inhibited and has completely altered my style. I feel like I can push things further, and experiment more.
What messages do you hope to convey to the audience through your music?
That friendship is a glue that keeps the world together. That love always wins. That no one’s getting out of here alive (actually that was Dave Grohl but he’s right). Lastly, if you feel like Eve in the Garden of Eden, and you’re toying with the idea of biting the apple, you should probably just eat the whole damn thing.
For those who are unfamiliar with your music, what can we expect from your performance at Foyer Fridays?
This show will be completely stripped back. Just an acoustic guitar and a lone voice, switching some reworked older songs and some completely shiny new ones, with an unhealthy dose of sassy blues sprinkled throughout. I’ve missed being on stage so badly that there will no doubt be a continual conversation with the crowd sharing tales and musings. Oh! and….. my old pal Cal Williams Jr from the Hushes will be playing the same night, there will no doubt be an impromptu bluesy shred fest to finish proceedings. Yew!
What excites you about performing at Woodville Town Hall?
Apart from how pretty it is, I think it’s so important to build a strong original live music presence outside of the city. There are so many gorgeous underutilised spaces in our suburbs literally gathering dust on a Friday night that could be fabulous, and convenient pop-up live music venues. I love the idea that the music comes to the people at Woodville Town Hall! Also, ‘The Foyer Sessions’ has such a speakeasy vibe, (I mean have you seen that vintage decor!) which is the perfect setting for some sassy, lady-led blues… don’t you think?
Emily Davis plays with Cal Williams Jr on 9th July at Foyer Fridays at the Woodville Town Hall. Doors at 5:30pm and entry is free. To register your attendance, click here.