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Emmy Meli

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

While there is no such thing as an overnight success, there are those rare instances when something happens in the blink of an eye.

For twenty-year-old singer-songwriter, Emmy Meli, what was initially a fifteen second clip uploaded for her 5,000 TikTok followers became a viral hit overnight. She struck a chord with women everywhere with what would eventually become the song, "I Am Woman."

Emmy joins us to spout off on how her life flipped upside-down in a matter of days, the role of her father's influence, her love of painting, her magical pet rabbit, the beautiful and strong women that led to her song’s success, and why her unemployment checks are to thank for her music career’s rapid rise!

The past few decades have completely reshaped the music industry. With the Internet came an endless catalog of music available two seven with the click of a button. First we had itunes, where you could easily purchase songs or albums from your computer. Then my space really changed the game. It became a powerhouse for new bands and artists to finally have a platform that millions of other people were using to show off their own work. And the years since, the pay ninety nine since per song itunes model has turned into a low monthly fee for services like apple music or spotify, and browsing myspace on your big computer at home has evolved into the powerful small phones we keep in our pockets all day, where we can do so much more, whenever, wherever. And while my space paved the way for giving the small artist the platform in two thousand and twenty two, Tick Tock, now continues to prove it is the place for songs to break and for artists lives to quite literally change overnight. And this is exactly what happened to twenty two year old Emmy Mellie's I am feelings, I am sexy divine crea. You Long Beach Native has always had a knack for music, with dreams of performing in front of a crowd, and when the world shut down in March two thousand and twenty due to the pandemic emmy use this as an opportunity to focus on her music career more than she had ever been able to, cranking out numerous songs like two twenty s wanting more. First thing morning, Tattoo, I went to this. I'm still losing my mom, but I'm gone all good right and throwing up strawberries. Her musical diversity and powerful voice are so impressively refreshing that was only a matter of time before the world took notice. This past October, she uploaded a short clip of a song to tick tock that she randomly came up with,...

...not even necessarily expecting a full song to come from it, but the empowering lyrics have being a strong, confident woman, immediately resonated with the public and it became a hit on Tick Tock within twenty four hours, garnering millions of views in a massive positive response. And EP is in the works. And while she's eager to hit the stage to play her hit track, I am woman the fact that this all came unexpectedly from a quick clip of a few lines uploaded to tick tock. Proves that the excess of an artist is no longer reliance on the big labels and radio stations, put solely on the artist ability to connect with the public. I'm nick major and this is the spout podcast. We're famous people spout off about more than what they're famous for, and today my guest is Emmy Mellie design. I'm Jerry. I'm leaving on the sweetest can I'm can make when the Emmy Melly, what's up? How you doing one? I'm good. How are you? I'm doing good. I know you're an animal person because I saw you have a damn rabbit, which I thought was an interesting choice of pet, but I think it is. It is adorable. So this is Frankenstein, by the way, so say hello to a little frankie. And so cute. Animals are just the best. So cute, and he's yours. Is Your Rabbit, smokey? Is that correct? Yes, smokey. I hope smokey is doing wonderful. I saw that he's already musically inclined by the piano videos in which he gets to treat he plays a note. Good boy, good boy. It was a great a great thing to see. But, Um, what a wild ride life has been for you in the past few weeks and months, I feel like. So I want to hear all about it. I want to dive into it because I'm so stoked with the success that you have had behind I am woman, I am feelings, I am sexy, divine. You...

...think, and it seems like like so many people nowadays, we're all on Tick Tock, and I think the pandemic is to thank for some of that, as we were just trying to stay amused as the world was shut down. But give me a quick recap of this overnight journey that happened with you on tick Tock, because it seems so out of this world, but you're the person it happened to. It kind of transcended just being like a normal viral thing when it turned into a trend, which like on Tick Tock, that's one something. As a trend, that's literally all you here on your fore you page blows up. Oh Yeah, you here. Yeah, took it to a whole other level to the point where I was like, oh my gosh, I can't even freaking listen to this sound over and over and over again, because I was hearing it on my own for you page. I'm like like's not, give me something that's not me the yes, please, like I'm getting tired of the sound of my own voice. But at the time I was still working a golf course. So I wrote the rest of the song at work the next day, because I woke up and I think within like twenty four to thirty six hours it was already had like a million views and I was like, Oh, okay, so I had to finish the song now, like like right now. So when you first, when you first did it, it was just the clip that you had put out there. You were just kind of having fun and you came up with this idea and then all of a sudden you're like, Oh crap, I need the full song behind this now. Yeah, and that's the thing, like I wasn't necessarily even trying to write a song. Like if you if you have listened to any of my older music, you'll see that it's all very like poetic lyrics with deep meaning and Lah La lab good I want,...

...but like this one, I mean I was just messing around, like I genuinely was just singing and having fun and I thought the message was cool, so I posted it like I really wasn't trying, and then I guess it resonated with people, man like the people have spoken, you know, obviously women and everyone. It looks everyone. I think it's really red with yeah, everyone's. It's resonated with everyone, and I guess people really needed something to inspire them right now, which is, I mean, understandable in today's climate. I am proud. It took a minute for it to all settle in for for for a hot second there it was really true. Still settling in. Oh yeah, every day I still kind of have tore my myself. I yeah, this is real, this is real, or not dreaming, this is real. was that a lot of pressure for you then to try to create a song around it, or did that make you excited and eager to get back to this track that you just kicked off a couple lines for? I would say a little bit of both, to be honest, because I do write everything myself and I tend to write a lot, even if it's random lines here or there, or just like something in my notes or like a chorus, or I don't know. I'm just writing all day and I think it's just how my brain works. It's just what I love to do. So if I something inspires me or I think of something and I'm I, oh, that's a good line, I'll write it down. So I'm kind of really, really you to just like coming up with stuff on the fly. So it was easy for me to write the rest of the song, especially once I knew and also kind of got some feedback on, like what people were expecting and what they were loving about it. So I would say it was it was pretty easy. It kind of just flowed out of me. I just wrote the rest of it the next day. But there was a lot of pressure also because, I mean, when you're putting out music and nobody is paying attention, you kind of feel more free to just do whatever you want to do and not really care about what people...

...are going to say because nobody is paying attention. But then when all eyes are on you for the first time in your life or in your musical career, it's like a way people are people are paying attention. I can people are either going to love this or hate this, and so there was definitely some pressure surrounded surrounded by it, but I would say for the most party was fun because, love me or hate me, you're still listening to the song, so we can't escape it. It's all over my four you page as well. It's and have you always been musically inclined, because that's been something you've always aspired to want to do from your early years to now, or what's your history in regards to your musical past? Yeah, so music has basically been a part of my DNA since I was really, really, really little. It just has been my greatest joy and my biggest passion for as long as I can remember. But my life is just has always just been music, and you know, my parents are a Mus Asians, their artists, but they're not musicians. My Dad, though, is a huge, just like music fanatic and he has like the craziest record and CD cassette collection in the world, and so that's sick. Growing up, he just would play like different albums and different stuff every single day. He's older. So a lot of the music he played was like oldies and motown and funk, and that's kind of what I was raised on and I honestly can't remember there being a day where there wasn't just like music blasting throughout my house because we had a surround sound system and our living room like cooked up to my stereo and record player, so it just would shake our house. We're just listening to music throughout the whole place every single day and I was singing for as long as I could, for as long as I can remember, honestly, since I was able to talk, I've been singing, writing as a baby. He were just singing as a baby and the womb singing, singing. The doctors their minds were blown, but they just accepted it and I'm...

...sure that you're your parents. I know it's a prodigy singing baby. I'm sure that your parents are so excited about and your friends and everyone day is probably just kind of in the same mindblown headspace of just like Ah, wow, this is wild. How has that been with your friends and family? I they got to be incredibly proud of you. My friends are just over the moon because at my friends are, yes, supportive people in the world and I was playing shows like before any of this happened to me. Stuff was kind of taking off outside of ticktock any mace like. I guess it kind of happened at the right time because I was finally finding like who I want to be as an artist and what it is I want to say, and I was already playing shows around La I had gone a band together. I play the Whiskey, the federal and then I played the Viper Room. And my friends are just those people that are always in the front row, like, no matter what they're just they're in the front row. And so for them to just watch the journey for from, you know, when I was nineteen and put out my first song and then to now, they're all just over the moon. I seriously over the moon, and same with my mom. My Mom will sent me like photos of her like in front of the TV, like watching me, or like photos of her with the radio, like listening to my interviews, and send me them be like listening to my baby. It's really cute. That's so sweet and I know that it's been so weird lately. We've been in a shutdown world because of the pandemic. Things are starting to get back to normal, but I love to see where people have been able to find some some silver lining in this downtime. I think we can all agree that, regardless of what we were doing in life, apart from the you know, there's a terrible pandemic happening, but it was a big reset for a lot of people, a good chance for a lot of people to focus on themselves and maybe put more time and effort into something that they've been holding off on. If the world hadn't been shut down, do you think that you'd be where you are today? Honestly? No. Yes, you know, I mean I feel like maybe I would...

...have eventually gotten I would have found my way for sure, because, like I said, it's my biggest passion. I've always known I wanted to do this and I've been working at it for so long that I feel like eventually I would have gotten there, but not on the journey that I ended up going. Like once a pandemic happen, I literally when I tell you that I blew all my unemployment money on studio time. I blew all my unemployment money on studio time. But that's the thing, like I wouldn't have been able to put the time and energy and effort into my music if it hadn't happened that way, I guess, which kind of sucks to say, but you know, first of all, studio time is not cheap, and I was working, I mean before the pandemic, I was working, I was going to school, like I was very busy, and then trying to squeeze like literally any time into my like schedule that I could and save any money that I could for studio time. And then all of a sudden our only job is to just like sit there and do nothing. That is money well spent, by the way, by going to be a studio it was I had friend spending it on Sushi and Grub hub just like day after day, but you were investing it towards something that exactly sense. I think so too. And like I was trapped in my bedroom all day just writing songs left and right. So I finally just kind of was like not gonna wait for somebody to tell me when to do this, like I'm not going to wait for the right to shuation or the right person or this or that. I'm just going to do it, like you have to start somewhere. Just do it, and so I did. And you also put out the music video for I am woman, which is wild, and I saw test of violet was in it. I'm a big fan of TESTA violet. So I was just like, oh, that is so sick, but the video and itself, the song, has been Oh yeah, she's so cool too. I think she's so dope, she's so talented and the song has proven to be so empowering to so many people. And the music video it was really cool...

...because you featured so many different people from different walks of life from it. What was it like not only having a song out but also getting to put out this incredibly beautiful and powerful music video? Honestly, I couldn't have asked for a better experience for my first professional music video. I've shot my own little, like at home music videos before and they're great, but it was a totally different experience to be on a professional set like that and having the incredibly just incredibly diverse cast and the most amazing people working on set like filming and diacting and producing. It seriously was, I would say, a perfect first experience for me, especially knowing how beautiful it was going to turn out no matter what. Like all these people that were on set were so talented from, like you said, from so many different walks of life, and I had one of those moments where I kind of had to like take a deep breath and look around at all these beautiful people that were here to be a part of this, to inspire other people, and I had to kind of give myself a little pat on the back, which I hadn't had the chance to do, but there was a moment where I was like crying and I just kind of had to give myself a pat on the back and be like, look at all these people that are here to do this. I feel like so many artists and musicians, through their lyrics, the hope and their dream is to write stuff that will be so strongly relatable to people, and the fact you've, right out of the gate, been able to do that, I think, is so rad and that's got to be so just strangely exciting and just cool for you. But it sounds like you're doing music seven what are you getting up to when you're not sinking all this time into singing and writing songs? What are you doing for fun out here outside of Music? I really I love my bunny. Spent a lot of time with my bunny. I like to use a good boy beach. I liked he is the best boy. I like to hike. I like to bike ride, I like to work out, like to stay active, I go to dance classes. Well else, I love to paint. I love to roll.

Really honestly, yeah, I the cover art for my Song Matrix is a painting of mine. That was literally when you said you paint. I was going to ask that next, so that answered that question for me, I guess. It seems like there's so many potential doors opening up. I believe I've heard you say maybe an April or May there might be an EP on the way with some fresh stuff in it, and anything more about that? Is there going to be any songs you'll be releasing prior to that? I really want to release one of the songs as a single before I put the EP out. Obviously some discussions need to be had, but I'm really excited about this project, like really, really, really really excited, and it's important to me to utilize this momentum that I kind of have circulating around me right now to show people that, wow, I am super proud of I am woman. It's also not necessarily like a direct reflection of who I am as an artist or who I am as vocalist or who I am as lyricist. Like I have so much more to show people and so much more to offer, and I'm just kind of excited to show people like a different side of my artistry and have them get to know me better, like as a person and not just like, oh, that I am woman girl from Tick Tock, you know. No, yeah, and I'm sure with more music it'll show the diversity that you have, which I'm sure you're very excited and I'm sure you can't wait to play some shows either, because I would. I can only imagine that when there's so many people getting tattoos of your song, creating countless duets to your songs and you can't perform it for them, that must be driving you like a little crazy. It's definitely driving me nuts. Seriously, I I'm itching, I'm itching to get back out and play shows and covid allowing, I'm really, really, really hoping for a tour in the summer, but you know, next month is international women's month, and so I'm really hoping I get to play at least a few intimate...

...shows out here in La just to get to know, like all these new people who have been a part of this journey and have that experience with my new fans and like singing this song with them because you know they're going to be chanting along, they're going to sing along every word at that point. So I'm really excited. I really hope that I get to play some shows. I love this time and music where there's an APP like tick tock to where back in the day you would have had to have reached out to a label or tried to get your your music in the right person's lap, but now, if you just put something out there that resonates with the public, there's no denying that it's a powerful song, it's a powerful track and I think you've proven that with I am woman. So I know that the future is got to be exciting. It's bright and you're doing so many things right now. Before I let you go, though, who would have dream collab be with you as these doors are open up for potential music opportunities? Oh my gosh, that's a drd question. There's so many people. Are So many. Honestly, a Dream Club would be like Clownie or SCISSA. Look like I've been kind of I would love to club with Princess Nokia. Honestly, any of the RMB girls or the hip hop girls right now are absolutely killing it and I would love to just get in a room with one of them, even if it doesn't even turn out to be anything like so many new doors are opening and I just can't wait to see, like the connections I'm able to make in the people I'm able to meet. And who knows, maybe I'll end up singing with clownie. I love her. You never know, you put the energy out there, see what happens. I you don't know and it's all just kicking off. So thank you for chatting, though I'm really stoked for what's to come for you. I can't wait to hear a new music see other variety that you can showcase, but for now I know that the world is just absolutely loving. I am woman. The music video is so cool. I hope you and your bunny continue to have a wonderful day, because I love him. He's adorable. And thank you for chatting and thank you for having me and say course and goodbye to Frankenstein.

For me, yes, for you, but we're okay. She's sleeping, but she says hello and goodbye. She's so kind. Have a good day. Okay, for having me to see more of Nick Majors conversation with Emmy Millie Search spout podcast on IG twitter or tick tock, or it's about podcastcom. Next week the chain smokers spout off. We find it really inspirings of like kind of a line with these founders that have these like huge, you know ideas to disrupt kind of the world in different ways. Some of it's like climate tax, some of its like nucular fusion stuff and you know, some of it's obviously a little bit further out and in more challenging than the other things. But it's amazing to be involved with them and we find it really inspiring for our own careers and music to kind of like work along these beside these people and watch them, you know, manifest their dreams. This spout podcast is presented by Alpha media and created by Phil Becker, about.

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