Following her show-stopping performance as a feature artist for the incredible Taka Perry’s recent triple j Like A Version, rising Sydney-based gem Emalia has shared a dulcet new ballad titled ‘Suga Rush’.
Released via Sony Music Entertainment Australia and produced by the ARIA award-winning One Above (Hilltop Hoods) alongside Thom Crawford, Emalia has never sounded more at home than on this sweet, sugary track.
Sonically the record comes laced with energetic and seductive tones, making for a candid uptempo R&B jam. Emalia’s compelling vocals and vivid lyrics explore an emotional journey, reminiscent to the exuberance obtained from a sugar rush.
Speaking on the single Emalia explains “Suga Rush is about a toxic love you just keep coming back to. It’s sexy, it’s addictive, it’s affecting you in all the wrong ways just as much as it is the right ways; it’s the epitome of dangerous temptation.”
What’s more, TLF was recently spoilt with sweets before getting the opportunity to link with Emalia, we spoke about her influences, the new single, her go-to choice of snacks, future plans and more!
Check out the full interview below:
For those who aren’t familiar, who is Emalia?
Hi! I’m a Pop/R&B singer-songwriter from Sydney Australia – A.K.A a big food enthusiast, Netflix binge-watcher, fantasy novel addict and lover of all types of fluffy animals.
Where does your passion for music come from and who are some of your biggest influences?
I feel like music has always just been a part of me. I’ve been singing since I could talk, so I don’t remember a time in my life without music. My family aren’t musical, but my parents love music and always had something playing throughout the house, so I was exposed to a lot of different artists and genres growing up that heavily influenced my writing style and artistic journey.
Some of my favourite artists at the moment would be Kehlani, Summer Walker, Kiana Lede, Mahalia, Snoh Aalegra, Tinashe, and I just recently discovered Aussie artist Larissa Lambert who I think is going to do huge things internationally in the very near future.
Congrats on the release of ‘Suga Rush’, what does this record mean to you?
Thank you! This record is very special to me. It was super fun to create, and I feel like it marks a huge step up into the rnb world for me as an artist. It feels so good to listen to, sonically resembling that addictive ‘Suga Rush’ feeling, while also still bringing it back down to earth and calling out the up and down relationship for what it is.
For me it really ignites the senses and gives a taste, sound and feeling to the story I am telling. I love it when a song can do that.
LISTEN TO ‘SUGA RUSH‘ BELOW!
You’re having a night in watching Netflix with bulk snacks, what your go-to choice of sweets?
Ooh this is my favourite part of movie night. Okay, so we are definitely gonna need some popcorn (warm with butter and salt is best but I am recently really into the cobs lightly salted, slightly sweet packets atm), we need that Cadbury chocolate pronto, strawberries in chocolate dip, and some strawberry clouds. I think some savoury sides like corn chips with guacamole is also nice to keep things interesting!
If you could choose one person to collaborate with right now, who would it be?
Jahaan Sweet. He’s a producer who is doing amazing things right now.
Have these strange times been affecting your creative process and the ability to make music?
I feel like they have made me more creative in a lot of ways because I’ve had so much time to be all introspective (love being deep in my feels haha) and focus purely on the music. Not being able to do in person sessions does change the creative process a little, but we are super lucky to be able to connect on platforms like Zoom, Skype etc. I’ve also been writing a lot on my own, which has been really enjoyable. I forgot how much I used to do that.
What advice do you have for all the female artists chasing their dreams?
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Don’t listen to anyone who makes you feel belittled, or like you know nothing. Learn as much as you can. Surround yourself with people who believe in YOU for who you are. If you are told no, find another door labeled ‘yes’. Trust yourself, work harder than hard and never give up.
What else can fans expect to see from you in the future?
More of who I am. Music that starts to get a little more vulnerable, you’ll hear more of my musical roots in the music yet to be released. And very soon, an EP, but you didn’t hear that from me. 😉