Emme Woods: ‘It’s a very British thing to always apologise, but I guess I realised I have nothing to apologise for’

TEODOR RELJIC speaks to Scottish singer-songwriter Emme Woods ahead of her performance at this year’s edition of Rock the South, taking place for the eighth time running at Zion, Marsascala

Emme Woods: “It’s a very British thing to always apologise, but I guess I realised I have nothing to apologise for”
Emme Woods: “It’s a very British thing to always apologise, but I guess I realised I have nothing to apologise for”

How would you describe your musical journey up to this point, and what were some of the most important lessons you’ve learned along the way?

It’s been pretty wild, and long may it reign. I’ve played so many beautiful places, and Malta is up there with the best. I’m very excited to come back and swim and see some of my beautiful friends. The most important lesson I’ve learnt is to never apologise, never explain. It’s a very British thing to always apologise, but I guess I realised I have nothing to apologise for. I make the music I want to make and I am happy with that.

What was it like to get started as a musician in Scotland? Is the scene inviting to young, up-and-coming musicians, and how did it help define your sound and approach, if at all?

We have a real groovy music scene in Scotland: Glasgow in particular. There are so many wonderfully talented musicians here. It’s always nurturing new talents, and there are places to play for all abilities. We are very lucky. I have a very loving relationship with Scotland and while I don’t know how much it has shaped me, it’s definitely taught me a thing or two.

You’ve self-released a lot of your music, and used the Pledge Music platform to help release your debut EP. What do you make of this approach to music, and do you think it places added pressure or offers more opportunity in the long run to young musicians, when compared to more traditional/conventional industry models?

I think it’s great, but very hard. It’s a lot to keep on top of, but so many beautiful people pledged to support my music, so I am very grateful for that. No one really gets much money from record labels anymore, so I guess we have to adapt. Whatever will be, will be and the music will be made one way or another.

Are you looking forward to performing in Malta? What kind of vibe are you expecting from Rock the South, and what can Maltese punters expect from you in turn?

I honestly cannot wait. I need it! I need the sun and the sea and the groovy groovy tunes. I’ve heard a lot of good stories about previous editions of Rock the South, so I can’t wait to make some more. It’s actually going to be my birthday on the last day of the festival so things could get pretty wild… at least, that’s what I’m hoping. Bring yer dancing shoes!

What’s next for you?

I have a new record which is actually getting pressed as we speak and a film that I’ll be putting out alongside it. It’s gonna be a real exciting year, I think. All I can hope for is to play some more beautiful places and get into the studio to start working on my album. What a dream, what a treat!

Emme Woods will be performing at Rock the South, Zion, Marsascala on April 13. Rock the South runs from April 12 to 14. For ticket info and a full programme for the event, log on to: https://rockthesouthmalta.com/

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