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Talking To Emily Frith

Fatea writer Nic Rigby catches up with the emerging performer

Singer songwriter Emily Frith may only be 19 but is already developing a distinctive country sound with catchy tunes and lyrics. Fatea's Nic Rigby talked to her in Norwich.

With nearly 2,750 followers on Instagram and a huge range of videos on YouTube, country singer Emily Frith is swiftly developing an audience for her songs.

I caught up with Emily about a week after she'd recorded her second EP and she was still high on the buzz.

"I went and spent about five days in a studio in Southend with my amazing friend Rees Broomfield (producer and member of Indie band Youth Club)," she says.
"He's also an incredible drummer, and I worked with Davey Hal. He did all the other instruments, I did the guitar and vocals, he did some backing vocals, and it was just the three of us for five days.
"It was crazy in the studio. We were just bouncing ideas off each other, I came in with these recordings of my songs, and then they turned them into absolute hits. So, I'm so excited about it."

Her first EP One Day came out in September last year and includes her single You and I, which is extremely catchy.

"I wrote it ... it was kind of like a love song, love letter to somebody who really broke my heart," she says.
"I was kind of just writing a letter to them on my iPhone, just to send to them, like 'maybe I can send this to them'.
"It was just saying: 'I think you and I would actually be really good together, so what do you think?'
"I couldn't send it to him, so I was like, 'you know what? The other thing I'm going to do, I'm going to sit with my dog, and write it into a song'.
"So, I did that, and I wrote it into a song, and I think he definitely knows it's about him, because his surname is in the song. I think he understands that I was a song writer in the beginning.
"It was quite a personal song for me to write, so to see other people tell me it's one of their favourite lyrics is great.
"Everyone that talks to me says it's their favourite song, and my followers on Instagram always are tagging me in when they're listening to it.
"I played a gig once, and this woman had just broken up with her boyfriend. I didn't know until she began crying when I started playing the song.
"It's just that ... I mean, it's a horrible reaction, I don't want people to cry. But to have my songs connect with people on that level is just surreal. That's something that I've only ever dreamed about doing."

She's a great believer in using social media to promote her music.

"Social media is huge. I put myself onto YouTube first, and I don't think that was the right thing to do.
"I then took to Instagram, and my Instagram just suddenly blew up," she says.
"I don't know why or how, but I got a lot of followers, and that's now my way of connecting with people, so I think that if you find a social media outlet and focus on it, and have that as your connection to followers and stuff, it's really a good way to get yourself out there."

Emily's new music is set to start being released soon, with her new single Better likely to come out in the next few weeks.

"It's going to be finished by the end of this week, which is really cool," she says.
"And then, yeah, I'm just going to set a date, and promote the hell out of it, because I think it's honestly one of the best songs I've ever written, and it's a new sound.
"It's complete pop-synthy, it's also got hints of country. It's just everything. I'm obsessed with it. I listen to it every day."

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