30 seconds interview: Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch

Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch

Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch is a footloose French composer who’s found a new home at UK based FatCat Records.

Now signed to the label’s publishing arm (also home to likeminded dreamers The Twilight Sad, Gregory and the Hawk, TRAAM), Emilie has been making the most of her London base with an exciting commission for the V&A Gallery.

Forming part of the V&A Lates sessions, Emilie’s sound piece was included in the Hackney Wick Takeover and mixed music with field recordings sourced around Hackney and Fish Island.

She’s also composed for off-kilter feature films, shorts and radio, combining her classical background with contemporary electronica and experimental pop.

Inspired by the likes of Hauschka, Julia Holter and Clint Mansell, she often plays with acoustic sounds, twisting them into far less easily discernible textures to create strange and harmonious landscapes.

We spent 30 seconds with her to find out more…

I first started writing music because…
It came naturally, from playing the piano and improvising.

I have been making music since…
I was about 12 years old.

My music is…
Cinematic, experimental and post-classical I guess.

You’ll like me if you listen to…
Hauschka, Clint Mansell, Richard Skelton, Julia Holter. 

My favourite venue is…
The Barbican. I could spend my life there; great gigs, exhibitions and a fantastic library with loads of scores.

Music is important because…
It’s an emotional release, both for the musicians and the listeners.

My biggest inspiration is…
It varies a lot to be honest. It can come from music, nature, movies and literature.

My dream collaboration would be….
Elizabeth Fraser or the film maker Steve McQueen.

To try me out, listen to my song…
Persephone.

If I wasn’t making music I’d be…
Probably working in something music related, though I’ve had daydreams about being a rose hybridizer.

In 10 years’ time I want to be…
Conducting my own compositions being played by a symphony orchestra, aiming big!

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