Catch up with Emiko
Emiko is an artist, when you hear him sing, you can't help but to listen in awe. With a vast vocal range and soft tone, his voice has amassed him an array of fans from Feat to Masego. Recently he dropped his first EP, Piece Of Mind. The rnb/soulful blend gives an insight to his thoughts and the darker corners of his pysche, yet he still leaves the listener with hope and a positive outlook. We caught up with him to see how he's been doing post release.
How are you doing?
I’m doing fine. I think the most important thing is to remain positive and just follow guidelines of washing hands etc. It is a very strange and uncertain time but there are a lot of lessons to be learned. For creatives it is important we use this opportunity to really hone in on our craft but also to let our creative minds explore all the avenues we normally may not have time for given our sporadic schedules.
What are you doing to stay sane and keep creative?
I am doing a lot of home exercises, drinking more water than ever, but also trying to add structure to my days so that I feel organised. In terms of creativity I thought it would be interesting to keep my supporters engaged with an idea i came up with called Emiko’s Quarantunes: every Tuesday and Friday on my Instagram I let the public request a song for me to cover, a song that they personally listen to that helps them get through this period of self-isolation. I saw it as a great way to lift the spirits of the public through music! We’re in its 4th episode now and the feedback and reaction has been great!
Any new music/book/film/ series you have started to pass the time?
I recently just finished watching the Netflix documentary ‘Tiger King’ . I would definitely recommend it. It is quite disturbing and showcases how sometimes our good intentions can so easily turn sour and quite wicked, unfortunately it was the errors of humans that resulted in so many animals suffering at zoos across the united states.
Have you learnt anything new about yourself in this period?
Yes, I have learnt so much. Because of my music career and the fact that I am so high energy, I have always been active and outdoors, I love it. However this isolation period has really humbled me and made me realise that sometimes I need to take several seats! I am finding new and creating things to keep me busy at home and I am realising that sometimes it is good to relax. Before I did not know how to, I always felt like I should be doing something, I seldom enjoy lounging around.
What are your plans during the quarantine?
I plan on creating more music, spending quality time with my family (I have no excuse now!) but also it is important that I think of creative ways to keep my engagement on social media exciting. It is unfortunate that that lockdown happened shortly after the release of my debut EP ‘Piece Of Mind’ and sold-out launch party. I had a lot of shows planned to help promote but now it seems all promotion will be done online! Content content content. I just recently dropped visuals to the leading track, Youth (Of Better Times). Ironically my EP is very relatable and relevant to these challenging times we currently face so i hope it can bless people and provide people with hope.
It’s a hard time for a lot of people, any advice to people who are finding it difficult?
Yes for many, self-isolation can mean being forced to remain in toxic environments at home, it is also not the best time for your mental health if you are experiencing depression. I would suggest the most important thing is to keep yourself busy, plan your day and stay away from the news. As much as the news is good for broadcasting really important information, staying glued to your tv watching the news all day will do you more harm than good, it only adds to the hysteria and fear.
How do you think the government is handling the crisis?
The government has really exposed all of their cracks due to their failure in being able to organise a nation in such circumstances. Despite the several warnings the government was already aware of it is a shame that so many lives had to be lost first before stronger precautions were taken. The NHS time and time again proves to be such a precious and fundamental part of Britain and its people and yet time and time again adequate funding is ignored. Why must people die first before we implement change? I only hope we learn from our mistakes, but then again, whenever have we?
This is a perfect time for people who haven’t heard of you to go and listen to your catalogue, where would u suggest they start?
I would say from the beginning and work your way up until my Debut EP ‘Piece of Mind’ It only came a month so it is still; very fresh so I urge you all to give it a listen! For upbeat feel good tracks I'd recommend ‘R U Down?’. If you’re in your feels and want to reminisce about the times you were able to have physical contact with bae, I’d suggest ‘Carefree’ and if you need some hopeful music during these times then definitely ‘Youth (Of Better Times)’ I’m on all streaming platforms.
What’s your first thing your going to do when this is all over?
LIVE PERFORMANCES. I miss them so much.