An Interview with Emily Wurramara

Ellie D Chats with Emily Wurramara

Ellie D Chats with Emily Wurramara

Where was your music first played, and how did your career evolve from there?

When I was 17 I put my song blue moon Black Sea on triple J and it's been deadly! I've been to Sweden and Paris for my music, and to be able to have the opportunity to do that is an absolute blessing! After that I released my single ngerraberakernama (wake up) then my EP black smoke. 

Where did your musical journey begin?

It started from the moment I could speak, watching my Gagu mob play on bands and lots of karaoke then I moved to Brisbane when I was 6, I felt very homesick and turned to songwriting for comfort, then I picked up the violin in grade 3 and it just went from there. 

How do you define success in the music industry?

The definition of success to me, is when you're able to walk around the streets people knowing your name, but still be humble, I guess success is when you've reached you're potential and willing to step out of that comfort zone and explore other areas, that to me is real success when you're able to tick off all those things and yet still have an open mind and a willingness to keep learning.

What’s your proudest career moment to date?

My proudest career moment was when I attended the walking with spirits festival in beswick and jumped on stage with coloured stone for black boy and dancing with the moonlight, to be able to sing by the side of uncle bunna was such a star struck moment for me!! It was unbelievable and just so fun! 

As an artist, what’s on your musical bucketlist?

I have a huge bucket list, I think I have 4 different categories, who id like to perform with, where I'd like to perform, when? And even a bucket list of reason to perform haha I'm all over it.

Find Emily Wurramara online
iTunes | Instagram | Facebook | 
Triple J Unearthed | Twitter | YouTube

Who is the inspiration behind your music?

I have a lot of people who inspire me, but the big push and influence are my family and my grandmother is the biggest influence definitely! She was a warrior and a very strong, kind and beautiful woman.

What do you hope to achieve through your music?

I hope to be the voice that makes an impact... talk about issues in a positive way.

Which music artists have influenced your musical style?

I listened to a lot of genres of music, ranging from rock to opera, I don't really have any artist in particular who influences my music, more artists like
Ne-yo, Sade, Monica, Lisa Mitchell just to name a few who have influenced my songwriting.

What’s coming up for you over the next 12 months?

I'm hoping to release another EP, a single and definitely another music video.

Which music artists would you consider collaborating with?

I would love to collaborate with Corrine Bailey Rae one day! She's such a gem, her music is so soothing and calming yet different and unique, her voice is so angelic and I think musically we would come up with something magical.

What words of wisdom do you have for upcoming music artists?

To be yourself and stay true to yourself and to the people who helped you along the way! Don't be afraid to make mistakes and trust your heart :)