Singer-songwriter Emily Cole on writing and recording new single “idk y i even liked u”

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Hi! My name is Emily Cole, and I’m a 21-year-old alt. pop singer-songwriter from Montgomery, Texas. I’ve been doing music full time since I was about 13 years old and am currently working on my third studio-recorded album. My music is heavily influenced by Billie Eilish, Halsey, Au/Ra, Kailee Morgue, and Bea Miller. This past April, I released my first ever self-produced single, “Dumb,” and am super excited to now be releasing my second self-produced single, “idk y i even liked u,” out to all streaming platforms!

Stream HERE.

This song is so different than anything I’ve ever released. It’s super upbeat and brings a whole new energy to my previously released music; it’s a lot more light-hearted and gives a bit of a confidence boost.

Tell us about your new single and the inspiration behind it.

“idk y i even liked u” was written kind of in a joking way! I wrote it after seeing a post on Instagram about how one day you’ll forget why you ever liked a specific person in the first place, and the chorus just kind of came to me while I was putting together the track. I really wanted to put a song out there that has more of a playful side to it. A lot of the music I release is based around my personal struggles with anxiety and/or not feeling like I fit in with everyone else (which is totally not a bad thing). When I was trying to decide what the next single would be, I couldn’t stop listening to this one and thinking I had to release it ASAP.

What was the songwriting and recording process?

I’m actually lucky enough to be able to produce in my own bedroom! I took a monthly course taught by Ryan Tedder back in January on how to produce, mix, and master music, and it seriously changed my life in the best way. I use Logic for both producing the actual track and recording vocals. I wrote “idk y i even liked u” at the exact same time I produced it, so not only was it super fast, but it felt supernatural at the same time. (It also helped that Logic came with the session template for “Ocean Eyes” by Billie Eilish, because that was a LIFESAVER when it came to practicing how to record and arrange a song.)

What do you hope your fans/listeners take away with them when they listen to your music?

Everything always works out for the best! No matter what, don’t give up on your dreams, be yourself, and don’t change who you are for anyone.

When did you first pick up the guitar, and what drew you to that instrument?

I went to a songwriting camp back in 2012, and I was the only one who didn’t play guitar for myself. The week after that, I spent $20 on a plastic, purple guitar, slapped a neon green One Direction sticker on it, and learned my first 10 songs by watching YouTube tutorials within the first two weeks of getting it in the mail from eBay.

Who are some of your musical influences?

Growing up, I was super influenced by Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, and Disney Channel era Miley Cyrus, while also being around my family who would all listen to country music. Once I got into middle school, my music taste broadened substantially, and now I’m heavily influenced by artists Billie Eilish, Halsey, Au/Ra, Kailee Morgue, Bea Miller, etc. so on and so forth!

What’s next?

I’ve been able to stay pretty busy playing patio gigs around the Houston area and am soon going to be traveling for festivals in places such as Alabama, Louisiana, North Carolina, and more. I’m currently in the ongoing process of recording my next album, so be sure to check out my website for more information on any upcoming releases and gigs!

For more info on my live performances, social media accounts, and upcoming releases, be sure to check out my website at emilycoleofficial.com (:

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