This Is Your Captain Speaking
Unconventional. Uninhibited. Unpredictable. "If Courtney Love was a little more sober, that'd be sort of like her." Stephanie Wei, Writer, Guest of a Guest. Emma Red. A Pirate who sailed from Oz and landed in the apple. Driven by music, the need to express the thoughts that will never pass through another's lips, lust, love, nightmares and Christmas. Inspired by ballerina grace against a heavy metal backdrop, powerful androgyny and losing my mind - but having the sanity to tie an anchor around my ankle first. Believing that there is no need for lists, that waiting in lines is a waste of time, that colour is simply a reflection of light and that any messiness is ultimately pretty. Hailing from Sydney, 25 year old Emma Red first fell in to the musical world after relocating to Perth to pursue an acting career at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Artists. "Being surrounded by other young artists inspired the musician in me and I quickly became consumed by the passion and the power I found in music." Eager to take her creativity internationally, Emma relocated to New York in 2006 where she joined forces with producer Chris Young who has previously worked with Korn, the Ravonettes, The Crystal Method, Wu Tang Clan, George Clinton and Ashlee Simpson. Sighting Tim Burton, Siouxsie, Marilyn Manson, NIN, No Doubt, Iggy Pop, Tori Amos, and Garbage as her major influences, Emma describes her music as avant-rock "a colourful fusion of experimental rock, electronic melodies and an eccentric mind." Emma recorded her first album This is Your Captain Speaking in the fall of 2006. The Jersey Journal described the tracks as "a refreshing mix of Annie Lennox and the Ravonettes." After exploring the local music scene Emma began performing at local New York hot spots with highlights including opening for rising New York Rapper Bazaar Royale. After completing her second album, The Madhouse, in September 2008 Emma headlined her first show in New York City at the Annex. Following this performance Emma went on to open for George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic as part of the CMJ Music Festival, which took place at B B Kings in Time Square. With a heightened confidence and growing local fan base Emma seized the opportunity to sing alongside musical legend Dennis Dunaway of Alice Cooper fame and members of Blue Oyster Cult "having the chance to perform in front of 2 million people, side-by-side with artists who define 'rock' was incredible. It was definitely a pinch yourself moment," Emma said. As a multifaceted talent Emma's creativity is not limited to music and she continues to expand her fashion label 'State of Delirium'. "Treading into the fashion world was a natural progression for me. My music comes from a character within and I project that character through my designs." Emma said Described by Emma as "eccentric couture, femininity with a masculine edge" her designs made their runway debut at New York University's annual charity fashion gala in April 2008. The offbeat and unconventional pieces are already developing a celebrity fan-base with Amuka wearing the fashion label's trademark tutu when she opened for the Pussycat Dolls at Beatstock 2008. Emma is ready to take on the music and fashion world. With her introspective yet fiery and strong spirit, she's ahead of the game and making her mark as a lifestyle artist. "Regardless of your musical preference, no doubt she's real, especially her lyrics, which I feel just about anyone can appreciate." Stephanie Wei, Writer, Guest of a Guest.