A couple of weeks ago Pop singer and performer Emii released two new videos for her songs ‘Time To Move On’ and ‘Freakier Freak,’ which had a few references to much loved science fiction and fantasy shows.
I recently caught up with Emii and quizzed her about these videos as well as her music and was surprised to learn that she is a massive fan of popular science fiction and fantasy.
SFP: From what have been reading you love of music started when you were very young. When was it that your love of science fiction and fantasy came about?
Emii: I don’t ever remember there being a time when I didn’t love it. When I was very little, I would watch movies like Star Wars, Star Trek, Legend, Ninja Turtles, etc. on repeat. Long before Patrick Stewart was chosen for X-Men, my sister and I had been watching Star Trek: Next Generation religiously and would go back and forth about how perfect he was for the role of Professor X. Other kids were reading Cat in the Hat and I was reading Stephen King and Orson Scott Card novels. That’s just how it was.
SFP: Your two latest videos ‘Time To Move On’ and ‘Freakier Freak’ seem to be two parts of a story, which uses quite a few references from known Sci-Fi movies. Two that I spotted were Tron and Fifth Element. How many other videos do you have planned using this format?
Emii: Yes! And I love you for noticing that! Thank you. There’s no plan yet, but those things change from moment-to-moment, so… stand by. It’s inevitable that there will be more science fiction-inspired creations on the way.
SFP: Another video of yours I liked was the one you did for Magic. You vocal in that song was kind of edgy and bewitching. Now its obvious your a fan of fantasy as well as science fiction and am wondering what the inspiration was behind Magic?
Emii: The theme for “Magic” being, well, magic was nearly a no-brainer. At the time my team and I were going up against a lot of girls-in-bikinis-dance-club videos (actually, I think that’s always the case) but we all agreed that the video for Magic deserved a story, and it deserved a bit of mystery and darkness that seemed to be lacking in pop music. My favorite part of that video was providing the magician with a little bit of karma. I don’t want to spoil the video for anyone who hasn’t seen it but just thinking about it brings an evil smile to my face.
SFP: From your most recent videos I couldn’t help but think that you also drew some inspiration from video games as well. Would that assumption by correct. And if so what games did you draw mostly from?
Emii: That assumption is absolutely correct. From games like Final Fantasy and Assassins Creed to Tomb Raider and Gears of War, etc. But I play pretty much everything and the aesthetics alone of video games have improved so drastically over such a short period of time that it’s difficult not to be inspired by them.
SFP: Have you ever given any thought to maybe doing something a little more on the Rock side with layered guitars. Reason I ask is I think your voice would probably work well in that genre?
Emii: I have in the past and I most certainly will again. I can’t say when, but time flies…
SFP: What genre shows and movies are you really into at present and given that we seem to have had a lot of Zombie and Vampire things coming out in recent years. Do you have any plans for videos using those kind of references?
Emii: I have all kinds of crazy ideas and am constantly finding places to put them. And there are so many shows I’m loving right now. Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Archer, Defiance, True Blood… I still need to catch up on Dexter (I took a break after the season that John Lithgow appeared in, SO AWESOME)… And I’m psyched to see the upcoming Ender’s Game movie, and I have loved ALL of the Marvel and DC movies that have come out in the past couple of years (Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU). I even loved Prometheus, although my hardcore Aliens-loving friends are torn about it. And I enjoyed the new Star Trek movies as well. That’s all I can think of right now, but I know as soon as I finish this interview I know I’ll think of more…
For those of you who regularly listen to our two podcasts. In a few weeks SFP-NOW will be featuring an episode in which we discuss various science fiction shows and films with Emii and talk more about how it inspires her music.
You keep up with all the latest happening with Emii’s music at her official website at: http://emii.net