On Ninja Tune
Ema Jolly, a musician and performer also known as Emika, has a geographical track record as diverse as they come. Born in the UK of Czech heritage, she spent many musically formative years in Bristol before relocating to the equally rich sonic landscape of Berlin. Emika takes all of her roots and melds them, lending context to her narrative-driven music.
Classically trained in piano and composition, she went on to study music technology at university and worked as a sound designer before pursuing music-making full-time, a career that now manifests in the writing, producing and mixing of all of her own work. Despite her self-described "nerdy," studio-based background, she notes a major shift in her recent output evolving from the isolated nature of her self-titled debut LP to a more interactive and freewheeling piece of work in this year's acclaimed DVA, an opus dreamt up in her Berlin apartment and created entirely herself.
The character of her performances has seen an evolution as well; she excitedly describes the interaction between her sound technician, light technician and choreographer which shapes the live show she's taken worldwide. Emika emphasises the live value of her performances: she and her small crew improvise together for each show, with the result becoming totally unpredictable and a very real response to the audience at hand.
Emika describes her music somewhere at the conjunction between "futuristic storytelling, club context and classical influences"--and it's caught the attention of a slew of collaborators including Tommy Four Seven, Pinch, Nick Hoppner, Paul Frick, Brand Brauer Frick, Amon Tobin and Marcel Dettman (with whom she co-produced a song for his forthcoming record).
After spending a good part of the year travelling everywhere from America to Ukraine, this autumn will see her embark on her first headline tour in Russia, in addition to a number of gigs across Europe. As long as she continues to push her unique singer-songwriter-meets-Berghain sound, there's no sign of slowing down.
"DJing at Meet Factory Prague tonight 22:00. Entrance is free. Celebrating the symphony Kickstarter funding! Got some nice tunes with me ❤️"Tue Nov 24 18:40:14 2015
"Tonight a little dj party at Meet Factory Prague, to celebrate the symphony kickstarter, entrance is free, first... https://t.co/GfwQSJyjVZ"Tue Nov 24 18:29:23 2015
"The latest update... Thanks DJ Mag <3 https://t.co/GkLl2R0hT8 https://t.co/aFU0IOfKqp"Tue Nov 24 17:14:30 2015
"Wrapped up again for this winter in my beautiful @dstm_ coat and scarf. Heaven. #coatforli… https://t.co/DmgHksiQ05 https://t.co/oab6vocMEs"Tue Nov 24 13:28:35 2015
"RT @altPRAGUEguide: Free entry, ale nie to jest najważniejsze: Dziś @emika_official dj set w praskim @MeetFactory ! https://t.co/5cuBlI6oLK"Tue Nov 24 13:22:17 2015