Getting To Know... Emery Kelly

After generating some serious heat with his previously unveiled single 'REBEL! REBEL!' in recent months, which was praised by the likes of Earmilk, emerging artist Emery Kelly is back once again with his dreamy new effort 'SOME Life It Is'.

Bringing back more of that warm and illustrious aesthetic he has built for himself so far, 'SOME Life It Is' makes for a brilliantly bold and inventive listen. With his warm and heartfelt vocal style riding a bed of pulsing production throughout, he is continuing his rise as one of the more enticing names on the scene right now.

So with the new single doing the rounds, we sat down with him to find out more about his origin and what has inspired him most over the years.


What was the first instrument you fell in love with?

The first instrument I fell in love with was the guitar. Growing up, I watched my dad play guitar all the time. Every morning I would wake up to my dad jamming. It was a pretty cool alarm if you ask me.

What kind of music did you love when you were younger?

I was really into old soul, rock and roll, jazz and also theatrical music. My dad was all about soul and rock and roll and my mom was all about musical theatre and jazz.

What was the first album you remember owning?

The first album I bought off my iPod, using the money I got from selling snacks at school, was No Time To Die by Biggie.

What is the one song you wished you could have written yourself?

I wish I could’ve written all of Prince's songs.

Do you have any habits or rituals you go through when trying to write new music?

No not really, sometimes i'll start by writing without music playing or start the other way around. It really depends on how I am feeling at that moment.

Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?

Frank Ocean, Steve Lacy, Tyler The Creator, J. Cole, Saba, Femdot, Ohana Bam, Mamii, Biako, JID.

If you could open a show for anyone in the world, who would it be?

I would love to open for Frank Ocean or Steve Lacy.

What do you find is the most rewarding part about being a musician?

The most rewarding thing about making music is two things: the people you are making it with and the process of the creation.

And what is the most frustrating part?

The final stretch of finishing the song, like sometimes you will have a really good joint almost finished but you can’t figure out how to end it. That’s super frustrating haha.

And what is the best piece of advice you have received as an artist?

“Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now.”


Emery Kelly's new single 'SOME Life It Is' is available to stream now. Check it out in the player below.