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  • What have you done to get you to this point in your music career?

    I have spent countless hours in the studio perfecting my sound and how I want to come across to every individual that encounters my music. I've learned how to write and express my thoughts without a filter, which allows my personality and who I am to shine through on my records.

  • What experiences have been most meaningful to you?

    The most meaningful experience for me was definitely when I moved to Mississippi from New Orleans after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It taught me how to adjust and handle situations when faced with adversity. Another meaningful experience would be when I quit my job at a dollar store to become a full time artist - it was very empowering.

  • What is the next step in your journey?

    The next step in my musical journey is to continue sharing my life with my listeners. I want to highlight the ways we are alike, rather than the ways we are different. I'm going on tour this spring with Kindness, and will continue creating and releasing new music throughout 2015.

  • What would winning Emerge mean to you?

    Winning Emerge would mean the world to me. It would show that my music truly connects with the people and that they believe in me and my journey to the top. I would love for people to truly value what I have to say and have the ability to inspire them by what I do.

  • What have you done to get you to this point in your music career?

    If there was a simple answer to this question, everyone would be doing it! But the simple answer is that we have never stopped. We write everyday. We are constantly on the lookout for ways that we need to improve. And we make sure we are always moving forward. Its not always easy, but you just have to keep pounding away and carving out your own spot in this business, and that persistence is starting to pay off.

  • What experiences have been most meaningful to you?

    At this point in our career, we are just starting to build a fan base. The fact that there are people out there, all over the country, that care about our music is the most rewarding thing. When a crowd of people sings the words to our songs with us - its an intense feeling that takes us all by surprise. That really means a lot to us.

  • What is the next step in your journey?

    The next step for us is simply to build on the groundwork we've laid down over the past few years. We have a small group of fans that we've genuinely won over with our heavy touring. Now its time to grow that. We've kicked the door open a little, now we can stretch out a little and see how big we can take it.

  • What would winning Emerge mean to you?

    Its obvious that our goal is to get our music to the masses. Winning Emerge would be a great boost for an independent band like us. When you are doing it yourself like this, you need all the help you can get. A platform like Emerge will help us and our team to really show what we are made of.

  • What have you done to get you to this point in your music career?

    It was really simple. I've been writing my entire life and I finally realized that being an author wasn't quite right for me. My protagonist was always me and it felt like it had to come from my voice, so I sort of tricked my audience into hearing it from me by singing the words. Music for me is really just mechanical. I just do it, I don't really think about it. I wrote Ghost a year ago and put it online myself one night and it just ran away from me. I started taking label meetings the next day. It went to radio. I built a collective of people I trust and now we just throw art at the wall and make a mess everywhere and have an amazing time. I'm surrounded by incredibly talented people I know and love very similarly to the energy of the Chelsea Hotel in the 60s/70s where Hendrix and Patti Smith and Janis Joplin and Ginsberg and Dali and Warhol all hung out and thrived. The most consistent thing in my career movement so far has been the stimulating and driving influence of the amazing people around me.

  • What experiences have been most meaningful to you?

    Connecting with my fans and forming individual and intimate relationships. Becoming confident in my art and learning to let it speak for itself. Building a family of friends and business partners and fans that support me and let me tell my story my way.

  • What is the next step in your journey?

    Just to keep being honest and having fun and experimenting and hoping that this manifests into something the world wants to be a part of. But that's a very big dream. I think I would also be satisfied if my journey just inspires other kids to document their lives as well. Just sort of encourages people that everyone's story is important. No matter how redundant they may feel it is.

  • What would winning Emerge mean to you?

    I just want to keep expanding the people who are a part of this. This is a collective to me. I want to have as many people involved as possible. The bigger the family, the more fruitful the labor.

  • What have you done to get you to this point in your music career?

    When we started 5 years ago we were just mates picking up instruments and making music because we loved it. We were experimenting with how we wanted to sound, trying new things and doing everything ourselves. We put a track out online about three years ago which got us noticed by management, after that we spent a while writing and developing our music, keeping the same DIY attitude. About a year ago we released our track Real on French indie label Kitsuné and things just really took off from there. A couple months later we signed to Polydor but the process has remained the same, we put everything into writing the music, making the music videos and performing the live shows.

  • What experiences have been most meaningful to you?

    Winning the BBC sound poll was an incredible feeling, it meant a lot to have that kind of support, totally overwhelming. Also last summer we went to Poland for the first time to play a festival, we were playing on the main stage and 15 minutes before we went on there was nobody there, but when we walked on stage quarter of an hour later thousands of people had showed up and they were all cheering, it was amazing to go to a place for the first time and have such a warm reception - they knew all the words!

  • What is the next step in your journey?

    We're just finishing up our album in the next couple of weeks, it'll be coming out in the summer and then we're set to be touring and playing festivals for the rest of the year!

  • What would winning Emerge mean to you?

    Are you kidding? It'd be great! We really wanna come and do a big tour in the US! Come on let's make it happen!

  • What have you done to get you to this point in your music career?

    Lots of hard work, sacrifices, and a little insanity. You have to be sincerely passionate first and foremost, but you need to be somewhat insane to keep chasing that light at the end of the tunnel after everyone keeps telling you you'll never reach it.

  • What experiences have been most meaningful to you?

    Hard to not be to cliche here because honestly even a little drawing by a fan of the band means the world to us. Of course a sold out arena show is the most intense rush you could ask for but sometimes talking with fan after the show, who tells you how your song helped them through a hard spot, or inspired them in some way or another hits you.

  • What is the next step in your journey?

    Thousands of little baby steps! We have new videos, new music, new tours, new artwork, a whole lot of exciting things coming.

  • What would winning Emerge mean to you?

    It's an honor to even be selected to participate in this. So anything from here on is the frosting on the cake

  • What have you done to get you to this point in your music career?

    Working my ass off! Haha! No, but honestly it has taken me a lot of figuring out, learning, living and hard work to get where I am today. I started out on Swedish Idol in 2009, I was sixteen and it turned my whole life upside down. Since then I've put out one album, worked and toured and worked and toured, gone platinum, crashed, stopped everything and moved back to my home town (Umeå) and embraced solitude until two years ago. I found out where my true passion for making music really lies. That time away gave me a completely new perspective on things and inspired a whole album. It's called Kiddo and it's coming out in June.

  • What experiences have been most meaningful to you?

    The epiphany that I can write music. I realised that while I was working on my first album, I ended up co-writing almost every song on it. Writing lyrics is a way for me to deal with my emotions, so that's really been meaningful to me on a personal level.

  • What is the next step in your journey?

    In 2015 I'm really looking forward to come out and play live. I have my first US tour coming up in May. And in the beginning of the summer I'm releasing Kiddo! I have been working on this album for more than two years, releasing it kind of feels like a momentous event in my career.

  • What would winning Emerge mean to you?

    It would really mean a lot to me. To reach a bigger audience and to be able to connect with new listeners would be fantastic. I'm also very fond of spotify as a tool for people to find and listen to my music. Beeing able to stream music online makes it accesible for everyone regardless of where you're from or how much money you have. I think that's nice.

  • What have you done to get you to this point in your music career?

    Matt Myers:
    *holding basketball* Perseverance
    *leaning over piano then pointing at camera* Creativity
    *bangs cymbal with arm from mannequin* Passion

  • What experiences have been most meaningful to you?

    Shane Cody:
    *through electronic voicebox* Touching people. With our music.

  • What is the next step in your journey?

    SC & MM:
    *walking up stairs and speaking in unison*
    Step one: put out a record
    Step two: tour the world
    Step three: meet new people
    *descending on stairlift, still speaking in unison*
    Step seven: Ride the wave

  • What would winning Emerge mean to you?

    SC & MM: *blow out candles and put in eye drops*
    MM: *holding urn* I don't really know too much about it but my dead grandmother really was in- she was into Spotify
    SC: She always believed in Spotify
    MM: She thought it was really gonna catch on one day
    SC: *crying* yeah, she started in 1973 and I know it would mean *slams fist* the world to her. So please, please.
    MM: *kisses urn* I love you grandmama
    SC: Please vote for us to win Spotify Emerge. Please.
    MM: *laughing* Do they even vote?

  • What have you done to get you to this point in your music career?

    The most important thing has been to keep absorbing as much as I can and to be able to turn that into some form of creativity. Either through broncho or other outlets that we might be into individually. All forms of creativity seem to benefit each other. Keeping busy is the best way to avoid depression. And mixing in a little cardio now and again doesn't hurt either.

  • What experiences have been most meaningful to you?

    Going to Europe definitely meant the most so far. It was the only goal that I set for myself. I wanted a free trip to Europe, and I finally got it. I'm sure I'm paying for it somehow, but at least it wasn't up front.

  • What is the next step in your journey?

    Taking this record as far as we can take it and working on the next one is what I'm ballancing at the moment. As long as we keep moving forward, our journey will continue to show itself. I like for plans to be pretty loose. It's more fun that way, and situations will present themselves if we keep our minds open, all while still maintaining a steady amount of cardio.

  • What would winning Emerge mean to you?

    It would mean that what we believed in is working. I don't count on winning things like this, but I do believe that we deserve them. I write songs that do something to me emotionally, and winning this would mean that a lot of people are having the same feelings for these songs.

  • What have you done to get you to this point in your music career?

    Bribes....... Loads and loads and loads of bribes ;)

  • What experiences have been most meaningful to you?

    We got one of our songs, "Cocoon", on FIFA15 which is been a game we've played since we were old enough to hold a pad and the kids in us couldn’t really contain our excitement . So that was a big moment for us on a personal note. Getting a record deal from Communion Records, they gave us a lifeline when we literally had nothing. And then signing to Island Records UK. Imagine being able to call my Irish Granddad and being able to tell him we just signed to the same label as Bono. Haha!

  • What is the next step in your journey?

    Football stadiums. I’ve always dreamt of getting to football stadiums with the band and throwing a massive party for 100k people and soundtracking everyone's night out with their girlfriends or best friends. Just generally trying us best to make people feel euphoric.

  • What would winning Emerge mean to you?

    It would be a dream because I’ve always promised my Mum I’d buy her a jacuzzi. It would blow her mind if I turned up with one of t

  • What have you done to get you to this point in your music career?

    To this point, I've worked really hard to create authentic, quality and unique music that resonates. I've tried to attract people who share the same vision and want to take this trip with me--from my team, to my band, to the fans--which has allowed my focus to remain on writing and creating a world for people to be a part of.

  • What experiences have been most meaningful to you?

    Someone told me once that you need to take every little win to heart, and with that attitude, every experience is so meaningful. My first show, for example, sold out. I had known it was sold out, but I really couldn't conceptualize what that meant. We had released one song online at that point and were playing at the Westway, a former strip club turned music venue (runway and all). I remember walking on stage and having people clapping so loudly I couldn't hear the vocal loop I was starting. If we want to get really honest, I got off stage and immediately started crying because there was such an intense energy in that room and I was just grateful to be a part of it all. The shows, the, interactions with people, and the excitement they share for this project, create constant meaning for me.

  • What is the next step in your journey?

    New music, touring the US and UK, and continuing to meet and connect with people.

  • What would winning Emerge mean to you?

    One year ago, my producer and I were exchanging page long emails, obsessively curating and fine tuning an EP. We got dinner the other night and reminisced and there was a moment of realization that this project has been built from the bottom on sleepless nights, a server's salary, self-imposed deadlines, and my most candid writing to date. The fact that I'm even considered in this is absolutely amazing--it's already a win. But if I actually win, it'd be an enormous validation of all the work that's gone into creating this.


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