Having grown up with a mixed heritage of Kiwi and Italian, London-based singer and songwriter Emily Litta has always looked to add a diverse and multicultural aesthetic to her music. And after a string of heavily praised releases throughout 2018, she recently returned with her latest offering ‘+1’, a powerful anthem that was inspired by the strong and self-assured singers of the 90s R&B scene.
We caught up with Emily to find out more about her influences, latest single and what we can expect from her in the near future.
Your heritage of half Kiwi/half Italian has been a driving force for creating multicultural sounds in your music. Can you tell us what your main inspirations have been of late?
Yeah for sure. I think growing up in Italy played a big part in shaping the type of artist I am today, especially because my Italian grandfather was a crooner in the 1950s, so I was heavily influenced by Italian music and jazz growing up, but also more Motown, funk and any album my Dad played in the house.
I’ve always had a very broad taste when it comes to music but as of recently I have been really going back to some old school Chaka Khan, Diana Ross and lots of Prince always.
Your latest single ‘+1’ has this strong 90s R&B vibe. Can you tell us what influenced the sound of that track?
The single was very much inspired by those early 90’s R&B vibes. I was thinking Mary J Blige, Toni Braxton and strong female voices. I think, vocally it was also a great opportunity for me to explore my lower range a bit more and bring back some of that 90s groove.
And what is the message behind the release?
‘ +1’ is very much a message for all those girls and boys out there that feel they don’t really have a voice or anything to offer besides being plus ones to their partners or co-workers, and are constantly trying to please and meet stupid standards. The message is “No!!! I am sick of compromising, and no!! I am not your plus one and I am damn cool on my own and just the way I am, thank you very much!” Haha!
This has been your first new single in quite a while. Can we expect any new music from you again in the near future?
ABSOLUTELY, I am beyond excited about what’s to come and I can’t really reveal much but definitely keep your eyes peeled!
And with the year nearly over, what are your plans as we head into 2020?
I try not to think too much ahead as I think it spoils the moment, but I definitely plan on releasing new music and more live shows next year!
Have a listen to her latest single ‘+1’ below.
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