Introduce us to your band!
My name is Emily Daccarett, I’m a fashion designer and since the start of my clothing brand, I collaborated with my friend and film composer S. Peace Nistades to create original songs for my collections. I felt the need to learn how to produce myself and figure out my sound not just for my projects, but also for me as an artist. That’s when I enrolled into the Musicians Institute in LA and found these amazing musicians, Pedro Asfora on guitar, Vedant Joshi on keys, Jake Absher on drums, and Maxwell Pierce on bass.
How did you guys start out?
I had worked with Pedro on recording guitars and bass for my tracks and Vedant on acoustic shows. We were all friends and this music school is a very tight community, so we had all played with each other on different projects. The first time we came together to play my songs was something special. It felt so effortless.
Describe your band’s sound…
The songs are more synth-based, but when we play them live the 70’s rock influence in the music shines through. I didn’t want us to rely on a backing track to recreate the feel of the songs, which is why the recordings too relied on live instruments. There’s a definite 80’s pop influence think Blondie and Kate Bush mixed in with 70’s rock and French pop. We want to create a vibe. We live in LA and want to bring back the innocence of a time that no longer exists, before corporate and paparazzi took over. A time when legendary parties at Mama Cass’s house brought people like Joni Mitchell and Eric Clapton together to chill.
What influences your craft?
I’m greatly inspired by fashion; Yves Saint Laurent is my biggest inspiration. He created a whole world with his collections. From the colours, to the shapes, textures, and music. I also take a lot of influence from film, with my new music both Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 were the backbone of the colours and visuals I wanted to use. I like putting opposites together innocence with seduction, and retro with modern futuristic sounds.
What makes your project different?
I’m a visual artist and creating an ambience from the visuals, the fashion, the venues, and sound all need to come together. I like to add performance pieces with dancers and theatre actors to accompany us live. There is always a story that I try telling, while at the same time adding mystery to it so it can be made into your own. As a designer, I combine my music with the clothes and accessories I design. For Cannibal, each song has its own anime-inspired mascot. These characters can be found on new merch coming out soon. Each passion of mine feeds into the other and I’m just trying to keep as the ideas come.
When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
I feel my quintessential track is Growin’ Addiction, not only was it the first song I wrote while working on my Ep, but I feel it captures who I am as an artist. It’s a blend of fashion, meets music, with a touch of cinema.
What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
I think the biggest struggle thus far has been confidence. I kept struggling with the fear of change and acceptance. I started as a designer and now I’m also adding singer/songwriter and the lead singer of my band. I worried I wouldn’t be taken seriously or questioned why I was doing this. I also didn’t want to bring down my brand’s name, something I had worked so hard on. As I worked on my ep, everything finally fell into place and it just felt right. It’s a new phase in my career and I’m so excited for the future.
What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
My ep release party has been my biggest highlight. It was everything I had hoped it would be and to see people engage with my songs was insane. I held it in a castle looking house in the Hollywood hills with a view of the entire LA skyline. People drank, ate, mingled and we ended the night with a live performance. It was the first time a lot of people heard me sing with my band live and their reactions to the show was incredible. I also showcased my new collection along with a photography showcase of the fashion campaign.
How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
I plan on hosting more events like my release party, even smaller gigs in LA. The next one I’m planning is going to be like a modern-day French cabaret. We want to entertain people and have them feel like they have stepped into something different each time.
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
It would be just wonderful to have people remember me and enjoy the music I had so much fun making!
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