By Nicholas Jason Lopez
For Emily Daccarett, music is fashion and fashion is music.
As a fashion designer and singer/songwriter/producer, her ambient synth-pop style with dashes of 70’s French rock always reflects her ever-changing collections.
She’s also known for her various covers, as she has done songs by Danzig, La Oreja de Van Gogh and Lana Del Ray, to name a few.
The Music Bugle had the chance to chat with Daccarett about her career so far and more.
Music Bugle – Does social media make it easier or harder to stand out as a musician these days?
Emily Daccarett – I’ve used social media for my music from the very beginning and it’s an amazing tool we have to promote ourselves today. You can have amazing content, pour your heart and soul into it and get little traction. That’s what makes it hard and it can be so discouraging to see your work not getting any attention, while someone lip-syncing in a 30-second clip can garner millions of views and followers.
Music Bugle – What do you enjoy the most about being a singer/songwriter?
Emily Daccarett – I love how I can capture specific moments in my life within a song. The details may become blurry, but the emotions are as real as ever whenever you listen back to your song.
Music Bugle – What sparked your interest in womenswear branding?
Emily Daccarett – I don’t mean to sound cliché, but ever since I was a little girl, I dreamt of having my own brand. My mom would sew as a hobby and I loved picking out fabric with her. I loved the sound her sewing machine would make and I would grab scraps of fabric to make little dresses for my Barbie dolls. While I was studying fashion design and interning for different luxury brands in Paris, I realized I wouldn’t be happy working in one specific area of production or design. I wanted the freedom to express myself creatively in different areas, including music and I knew the only way I could have that freedom was by branching out on my own.
Music Bugle – You recently announced that your song “Red Light” would be featured in Guy Longstreet’s “Black Jade” film. What was your reaction upon finding that out?
Emily Daccarett – It was surreal! I had sent Guy my EP to share what I had been working on for the last year and hoping to get back some constructive feedback. To my surprise, when he did get back to me, it was to say that “Red Light” was a perfect fit for “Black Jade” and if I would be interested in having it be a part of the movie. I was shocked and overwhelmed to have someone connect with my song so strongly. I’ll probably cry when I see it!
Music Bugle – What do you like most about your particular genre?
Emily Daccarett – I love the freedom my genre gives me. I fall into alternative pop and dream pop. I can play with different styles and sounds, depending on the story the album or collection of songs is telling. I romanticize the 60s and 70s. We try to create a retro, yet modern or futuristic sound as an homage to that nostalgic fantasy of mine.
Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?
Emily Daccarett – “If you don’t sacrifice for what you want, what you want becomes the sacrifice.” I struggle at times with falling into despair. I feel like no matter what I do is never enough or I’m not enough. In those moments, I remind myself that it’s part of the journey and nothing worthwhile ever comes without sacrifice.
Music Bugle – What’s something you wish happened more in today’s music industry?
Emily Daccarett – I would love to see more diversity – on top! We always hear that we need more diversity and in reality, it already exists, it just isn’t really given the spotlight. Seeing BTS and BLACKPINK cross over gives me hope that we will start to see a wider range of artists showcased in the same way.
Music Bugle – What was the hardest song for you to write or compose?
Emily Daccarett – The hardest to compose was “Red Light,” because it was written so differently from the other songs in my EP ‘Cannibal.’ It was challenging getting it to fit within the 80s synth pop electronic style, because it had such a distinct retro 70’s rock vibe.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Emily Daccarett – I went into quarantine around mid-March. Fortunately, I already worked from home and I would go to my work studio a couple times during the week, so it didn’t throw me off having to work completely from home. I have come to appreciate nature even more and am so grateful for all that it offers. I also discovered that I really love my own company and how to be more patient overall.
Music Bugle – What has been the most productive thing you’ve done while in quarantine?
Emily Daccarett – I’ve been writing new music for my upcoming album! It’s so odd to have all this time to write and explore new ideas. I have also been doing lots of live-streaming concerts, which was something I didn’t want to do before quarantine. I really love doing them now, especially having the opportunity to connect with people.