Real artistic genius is difficult to find, in a world where anyone with a mouth can get on stage and be able to scream their lungs out to an audience of brain-washed, soulless morons it’s hard to find the quality in a sea of shit.
Luckily for the world there is hope, because there is still Emilie Autumn, a lady with such an explosively imaginative mind and a raw talent that has been shaped into a very rare form of beauty. To live in the mind of this beautiful and eccentric singer/songwriter would be an adventure that could not be matched, it would be a world full of the weird, the amazing, the impossible and the sublime. I was lucky enough to be able to ask the lovely lady herself some questions, here’s what we talked about;
TBF: Firstly, Thank you for taking the time, what was your first introduction to music?
EA: I don’t suppose any of us can properly remember out true musical introduction, but I suspect mine had something to do with Star Wars and Evita.
TBF: Can you remember who/what you listened to as a child?
EA: Anything classical, lots of Mozart and Bach, and every Broadway musical imaginable.
TBF: When did you first start performing music?
EA: I began playing the violin at four, and by five I’m sure I was up on some little stage. I was performing widely by nine, but only as a classical musician.
TBF: What/Who influenced your style?
EA: I can’t really think of anything specific. I’m influenced, as we all are, by everything around me, and of course by history. A few days ago, a journalist asked me what designers I was inspired by in the creation of my style and costumes, and I was honestly offended. I informed her that it was in fact possible for a person to have an original idea without stealing from somebody else. I mean, I know it’s bloody rare, but it IS possible.
TBF: Are you naturally creative or do you find writing a hard process?
EA: If I weren’t creative by nature, I’m sure something in my life would have intervened and sent my down a different life path. I honestly don’t think it would be even remotely possible to have gotten even as far as I have without that being pretty much a given. Kind of like perfect pitch. You will never be a great violinist without it.
TBF: How would you describe the style of the album?
EA: Fight Like A Girl isn’t a rock album, or a goth or industrial or metal album, and it isn’t supposed to be. It’s meant to be musical theatre from beginning to end, as is the live show that that album supports and was written as a soundtrack to.
TBF: You have a fantastic look and wardrobe, is there a theme?
EA: Thank you very much! The theme is simply the story that I am telling, that being the story I wrote about in my book, “The Asylum For Wayward Victorian Girls.”
TBF: What great musicians have you worked with and who stands out?
EA: When I was young I worked with countless great classical musicians. As a rock musician and singer, I’ve contributed to the music of a handful of famous performers, but just because they are famous doesn’t meant that they are particularly good or inspiring. Often times you play on somebody’s album just because you happen to be living with him at the time. A truly brilliant musician whom I was honoured to contribute some violin work to is of course Otep.
TBF: Tell me about Fight Like A Girl, what’s it the message on the album?
EA: Fight Like A Girl isn’t a rock album, or a goth or industrial or metal album, and it isn’t supposed to be. It’s meant to be musical theatre from beginning to end, as is the live show that that album supports and was written as a soundtrack to. The story behind the album is, again, the story of my book, “The Asylum For Wayward Victorian Girls.” For those who don’t know, it’s an autobiography that delves into the realms of insanity, fantasy, history, and psychological thriller. The over-riding message is the hero’s journey, the unexpected hero, and the transformation from victim to victorious.
TBF: Do you have a favourite track?
EA: My heart is in them all equally, but I’ve got a special place in it for “Girls! Girls! Girls!”…
TBF: Can you tell me more about Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls?
EA: The book is an autobiography that delves into the realms of insanity, fantasy, history, and psychological thriller. The over-riding message is the hero’s journey, the unexpected hero, and the transformation from victim to victorious. It is also based upon my time spent in a psych ward for bipolar disorder and attempted suicide, and my Victorian counterpart who is experiencing the same thing in a parallel universe.
TBF: How was the process of creating it?
EA: Excruciating, freeing, and, ultimately, it probably saved my life.
TBF: Is there going to be a stage version of the story?
EA: Yes! That’s pretty much all I’ve talked about for the past year. We are planning the London West End debut of the full scale theatrical musical version of my book by the end of 2014.
TBF: You play The Painted Doll in The Devil’s Carnival how was it playing that part?
EA: It was brilliant to learn a new form of acting and reacting. It increased my understanding and appreciation for my theatrical acting and performing whilst giving me so much more respect for film and film actors than I’d ever had. Working with director Darren Lynn Bousman and writer/composer/actor Terrence Zdunich was also inspiring in that it allowed me to become a part of somebody else’s alternate reality that they were creating, whereas I’m generally so completely immersed in my own. Playing the Doll was shockingly easy, because I’ve definitely got that disdainful, haughty, silently damning bit down. What I am required to do for TDC Episode 2 will certainly be more nerve-wracking.
TBF: Can we expect to see you in more film?
TBF: Lastly, what does the next year or so hold for you?
EA: Continued work on the Asylum musical, The Devil’s Carnival Episode 2, more film, and hopefully inspiring more erotic fan fiction.
There you have it my friends the amazing Emilie Autumn. I would just like to take the opportunity to thank Emilie for taking the time out of her busy schedule to talk to me, I am a genuine life-long fan and I have the upmost respect for Emilie and the amazing work she produces.
Proof then people that true inspiration can be spontaneous and the person who said that new work will always echo the work of others was talking out of their Fred Durst (Chocolate Starfish), true, natural and self-sustaining ideas do come to those who open their minds and are willing to receive the message.