Word on the street: Emma Volard

Written by on January 22, 2019

So where are you from?

I was lucky enough to grow up in the beautiful seaside town of Surf Beach, Phillip Island. Now  I’m lucky enough to live in the scenic surrounds of Clayton South, sandwiched between the trifecta of IKEA, the rail replacement bus stop and Australia’s Biggest Sexy-land (Discounted Warehouse Prices!). 

I don’t quite know what I represent yet- I think figuring that out is going to be part of my journey as a musician, and as a human. All I know is that good vibes will definitely be involved. 

Tell us about how you got your start?

Singing ‘Ben’ at school camp at the Grade 6 Talent Night, wearing an oversized Mickey Mouse jumper and cream-coloured tracky dacks was the starting point for my musical career, but I began gigging for real when I was about sixteen in pubs around Phillip Island. 

What is your Production/writing process?

Normally, I just look at a blank page, and scream. 

In all seriousness, I’m very melody-based, so a hook and chords is the first thing that comes to me. After that, I’ll try to establish the mood of the song and write my lyrics around that. 

Tells about your new single?

My new single ‘Arachne’ is about a spider I saw on the toilet.

It was actually based around the greek tale, ‘Arachne’. A story about a weaver who challenges the greek goddess, Athena, to a weave off, and betrays the gods in her pictures, only to be turned into a spider. I just wrote the tune in my kitchen one day, and started playing around with little vocal lines and that’s where I came up with the main line.

Your sound is almost like Jazz infused Hip-Hop. What are your influences & what inspires you?

I listen to a lot of different music – I really dig the Melbourne sound that’s coming out at the moment from artists like Kaiit, Alisha Joy and Hiatus Kaiyote. They’re amazing musicians and they’ve been a great influence on my sound and the way I go about writing music.

As for hip-hop, I love artists who use melody in their rap, like Anderson .Paak and Mac Miller. 

Any shows coming up?

After a gig-heavy couple of years, I’m finally taking a break to focus on writing more music. I’ve got a couple of things in the works that I’m not quite allowed to announce yet – keep an eye on my Facebook page

(imaginatively called “Emma Volard”) for any gig announcements.

Emma Volard (Single Launch) w/ Cofi and Chicken Wishbone


When did you fall in love with Soul/ RnB?

I was thrown into a soul band when I was in high school. 

I had no idea what I was doing but I had to adapt to my circumstances extremely quickly!

I got to sing some amazing music which had a huge effect on my sound – the first song I was given to sing was by the Melbourne band ‘Saskwatch’, who I’ve always looked up to.

So it was a pretty surreal experience to say the least, when I heard “Empty Spaces” being played on Nkechi Anele’s program, ‘Roots n All’ on Triple J. 

Who’s in your Top 5 artist of all time?

-Michael Jackson

-Erykah Badu

-Etta James

-Jimi Hendrix

-Jeff Buckley

What more can we expect from you?

I’m in the process of making a music video and am currently releasing an EP, which will feature artists from around Melbourne. 

What do you want to be remembered for?

It’s hard to tell right now. I guess in the end music is just about feeling. So, if people wanna have a boogie or they wanna have a cry… I’ll be here for both of those things. 

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