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Emmy the Great Interview



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Emma Lee-Moss (better known by her stage name Emmy the Great) was born in Hong Kong but resides in London.

She released her second album, Virtue, in 2011 to much critical acclaim.

Emmy will be appearing at the Dinefwr Literature Festival, a new festival celebrating the very best in literature and music at Dinefwr Park and Castle in west Wales. 

The festival will also feature Howard Marks, Julian Cope, Sir Andrew Motion, Gruff Rhys and Gillian Clarke.

Dinefwr is one of only a handful of live dates Emmy will be playing this summer.

When did you realise you wanted to become a musician?

The other day! Just after my second record came out, and I was like 'oh this is really serious, I need to buy an amp and a guitar tuner'.

You’ll be playing the Dinefwr Literature Festival at Dinefwr Park and Castle. What have you got planned for your set?

It's just me and my bassist Heledd for this one. She's from really nearby in Wales, so her parents will be coming. I'm going to do some songs that I've written just for the summer, just to talk about how I feel right now. They won't be on an album or anything.

Will you have time to watch any other artists over the weekend?

No, it's in and out I'm afraid, but do go and watch Joe Dunthorne. He's one of my favourite living authors and poets. (Editor’s note: great choice Emmy – click here to read our interview with Joe).

Got any festival tips for us?

It's going to rain, so don't kid yourself. And bring more pants than you know what to do with. And wet wipes. And hand sanitizer. And more booze than you think you need, because you will need it all.

Which musicians excite you at the moment?

Mmmm - so many. The new Beach House album is great, the new Summer Camp EP, Gabriel Bruce, Kindness, Alt-J - there's lots of exciting new music coming out, and lots of great classic bands touring and reforming. I can't wait to buy the new Garbage record!

What’s the latest news on your third album?

Slogging away at it right now. Eurgh! So hard.

Do you think the music industry is sexist?

(Laughs) I don't know. The world is still skewed in favour of men but we women have a great time empowering each other and making it work out for us.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve read about yourself?

Usually stuff I've said myself in interviews. I'll be like 'do I really think like that?'

I’ve read you’re a huge fan of The Wire. Do you not think The Sopranos is just that little bit better?

They're both amazing. Right now I'm enamoured by (American sitcom) Veep - truly remarkable TV. And (again, American sitcom) Girls, of course.

After Dinefwr, what are your plans for the rest of the summer?

Writing. Album. Three. Ad. infinitum. I think I will bother my parents for a family vacation because I need to get in touch with myself again before this album truly kicks off I think.

Michael Took was asking the questions.