Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Versitility In The Artist: Emilie Autumn

I love it when an artist's spark shows through in a variety of work. It's so rare, mostly because early success at something creates an economic demand that they produce more and more of that thing. The book, the music, the art is a product, and can you blame the artist for producing more and more of what puts food on the table?

This is why novelists write under different pen names. Once their own name is a brand, they can't sell anything different until they change it.

But once in a while someone comes along who doesn't give a damn, she just makes one thing after another.

What if I could tell you that the same artist who could play the violin like this...

could also play it like this:

What if I told you she could sing and put on a hell of a show...

complete with aerial dancing...

and that she could take it completely over the f///ing top like this.

Also she plays the keyboards and writes books and poetry, and records spoken-word and music albums. She owns her own music label and she's strong enough to stand up to the producers who want to tamper with her work.

There's some music for the end of the world, right here. Steampunk meeting cabaret meeting Victoriana meeting Baroque. There's so many influences in here that her work just becomes its own thing. Good artists borrow; great artists steal. But this is more than remixing. This is taking all of the ingredients of shared culture and baking it into something delicious.

Part of the brilliance, I think, is that I don't necessarily like all of this music. I'm not a metal fan, and I've never felt compelled to go to a cabaret show.  But the more I listen the more I find myself liking it, despite my prejudice. The fact that fans of one of her albums might not care for the next one hasn't stopped her from making them all anyway.

I can't wait to see what she comes up with next.

Emilie Autumn's own website.

& her Wikipedia page.


  1. I've been following Emily's work for a while now, and I agree. She's really quite something.

    Great stuff, and nice to see someone else out there that appreciates it!

  2. I was really surprised to see her name pop up here. She is a rather excellent artist, a friend across the pond introduced me to her a few years back. It's always interesting to see what she'll do next!

  3. How did I not know about her until now!? Thank you for posting this Wiston; she makes music for the end of the world indeed! I can't say I care for everything I've heard so far (had to go do a bit more internet research) but her style is intriguing enough to keep me listening!

    That infernal Gaga person wishes she could grow up to be this gal!

    1. I don't know, ARMS. I just stumbled upon her during a wander in the Youtube rabbit hole. Best find I've had there in a while!

      Her Laced/Unlaced album has some lovely classical performances.