Emily Pakes / Blog
Graduating in May
Yes. On May 11th I will receive a college degree. Then I can be done with this six classes and two jobs nonsense and focus on music.
How did I start 2013? Well, I had the flu and had to cancel a couple of gigs because I lost my voice. The upside of this is that things can only go up from here. I just started my last semester of college with a whopping six class load (in addition to working 30 hours/week), but I'm eagerly counting down the days until my May graduation. Ah, the days after college, when I can devote hours and hours to just playing music...In other music news, I've been working on a collaboration with electronic artist Blizzard, who is Canada's #1 artist on ReverbNation. I've put down both guitar tracks and a rap, so stay tuned! I've taken a few guitar/voice lessons with former Berklee instructor Anthony Michael "Tru" Peterson. His voice feedback so far: "That. Hurt. Me." He keeps it real! :-D The Rickety Crickets let me sit in on mandolin and acoustic bass last night. Check 'em out: www.reverbnation.com/thericketycrickets
How is YOUR year starting out?
I've been #4 on the Other charts for Durham, NC for a while now. All of the artists in front of me are nationally touring groups, so a HUGE thanks to everyone who took the time to listen! ******************************************* On an entirely separate note, what's up with ReverbNation artists using obviously generic lines on each other, like: "nice sound and music," "love your style" "great songs." C'mon, people!
I want to write a fresh, new bio. Suggestions for what I should include? I need to trim the fat from mine, It reads like a bad essay.
I made some new videos, but reverb is being a pain at the moment and won't let me post them. So here they are:
Lot Lizard Lisa http://youtu.be/mOEQwoqfw-k
Lying Awake http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=8QpWePTuBaM
Lincoln Theater, Meredith's Living Room and other huge venues i've been packing
I forgot to mention on here that I was filling in on bass last night for the amazing band The Hell No. I played a show with them last night at the Lincoln Theater in Raleigh and am really honored to have been a part of that. Last week, I opened a house show for Play/Start and Noon:30, which was a blast. Huge thanks to everyone who has come out and supported me at these shows. It means a lot!
It's a love/hate relationship.
In other news, I found an old music video that I'm in the process of editing and uploading.
Oh, and then there's that album. Well, I've decided it's more important to have a really good album than one that comes out by a certain date, so it'll be a few more months...but well worth the wait. Now, to find some album art that isn't silly...
Dear Rap Artists
If your songs glorify violence, especially violence against women, I will not fan you back.
Amusing Things This Week
1. Just met a guy at the coffee shop who said he had heard my new recordings at the studio. What he remembered most were the footstomps in Fart in My Own Bed. It's good to be remembered for -something-
2. I played an opening slot at Royal Bean coffee shop recently, and halfway through my first song a family with six young children walked in. I immediately started leaned away from my mic on the naughty words. Which seriously limits the comprehensibility of my lyrics. After my set, the mother came up to me and said, "You were great! I'm their mother and we don't believe in censorship." Refreshing.
3. I'm getting airplay in Scotland.
Potty-Mouthed 4-Track Gems
Last night, I found some home recordings from when I was a kid. My voice has changed a bit, but my sense of humor certainly hasn't. Chances are, if you like my stuff now, you'll LOVE hearing the boundary-pushing teenage me. Listening to these tracks last night, I even made -myself- blush.
My most epic guitar solo ever
Go to the :31 mark. http://youtu.be/L0szdC86yJc