Can music exist without the influence of fashion?
For designer Emily Daccarett fashion and music can not be separated. Daccarett creates an immersive world of storytelling through music, film, and fashion. Each artistic direction begins with a beat that forms a story. From the start of her brand, she has fused those worlds together, creating a symbiotic flow between the two. She uses textiles, shapes, and sound as her tools to world building, and gives her audience the chance to step into those stories and experience it themselves. She graduated from Instituto Marangoni in Paris and the prestigious Ecole De La Chambre Syndicale de La Couture Parisienne, where she trained in the French technique of draping and pattern making. Soon after graduated from the Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. She made her runway debut with Concept Shows during LA Fashion Week. Now she is pushing the boundaries of her imagination through synth-pop. Think of Blondie and David Lynch having a baby and that's the direction her music takes.
What has the outline of your music career been like?
Music had always been this ever-present force in my life and everything I did tied back to music. I wanted to be a singer, fashion designer, dancer, and work in film. I chose design as my foundation and moved to France to study fashion design. Suddenly I was introduced to French pop, and it shaped my design aesthetic. When I moved to LA to start my fashion line, I turned to music and film to bring to life the stories I created with my collections. I began writing songs with film composer and producer Santi Preecha for my short fashion films and runways. Not long after that I decided to pursue a career as a musical artist as well as designing. It’s crazy, hectic, and unpredictable but I love it!
First time you remember being overwhelmed by making music that really mattered?
That would be when I started writing the songs that eventually became my ep, Cannibal. Before my ep I was able to hide behind my brand and write for the characters I created, but when I began writing for me, I felt naked and completely vulnerable. I’m very outgoing, but have always been reserved with my feelings, only opening up to a few people in my inner circle, so having my heart open for everyone was extremely overwhelming. I wasn’t sure if I could do it, but I also knew the only way I could write was by being completely honest in my lyrics.
How do your fans influence your new music?
Seeing their excitement for my projects helps push my imagination further and explore the stories I want to tell with my work.
Is there something outside of the music realm that is influencing how you are making music now?
There are a few Italian film directors, like Dario Argento, that are influencing the style of music I’m doing right now.
A driving force in your music is that you are a force to be reckoned with! How do you keep that energy in all you do?
Thank you so much!! I try to keep the fun of creating presents throughout all the stages of production. It’s not always easy because the stress and pressure can take away the fun of making music. I think it’s such a privilege to get to do what I do every day and for that reason I put my whole heart into everything, so hopefully my fans can feel that love.
Your latest single Don't Look Back, is phenomenal. Talk to us about the curation of the new music?
That means the world to me! Thank you so much!!! I wanted to have this sense of going off on a journey and escaping to another world where sorrow doesn’t exist, and you can let go. Don’t Look Back is dripping with nostalgia. I reference books and movies I loved as a child like Peter Pan, Where the Wild Things Go, and The Shadow of the Wind. I kept thinking of old classic Disney and the excitement I still get when embarking in that little pirate ship on the Peter Pan ride in Disneyland. To this day I love that ride and I feel like a kid when I’m on it. I wrote Don’t Look Back right after the passing of a loved one.
You never disappoint with your visuals! Take us on that journey of how you wanted the look to feel too?
Don’t Look Back is from my upcoming album, Yours Always. I wanted to really play with the Album title and create this retro look that emphasizes the longing of giving up my heart to my fans. It's a declaration that everything I do is for all to enjoy and ignite a sense of wonder. I took inspiration from Gina Lollobrigida’s look in the 1959 movie, Solomon and Sheba. I love old Hollywood and her look fits so perfectly with all the different pieces you’ll find in my album!
How do fans listen to the new music and learn all the new things you're up to!
You can listen to my music on any streaming platform and keep up with me on my socials!