I think as a 20-something it’s been hard to find a specific song that just resonates with everyone. When I listened to Emma Zander’s “My Generation” it just clicked. I knew that if I could relate to this song, all my friends of various ages could too. Emma’s poppy sound combined with her honest lyrics make this an infectious song and we are so thrilled to share it with you!
Emma, I think it's kind of difficult to find one song that every 20-something relates to, but you did just that with "My Generation." What was the ultimate inspiration for you when you penned this song?
Emma: Ahh, that’s the best compliment ever! With My Generation, I was really inspired by the unique time we are living in right now, and our love-hate relationship with social media. In one sense, I’m acknowledging the ridiculousness and shallowness of selfie culture, while shamelessly recognizing that I’m 100% a part of it. The song is super fun, but also inherently dark -- which I think embodies what all 20-somethings are experiencing in 2018.
Who are your musical influences?
Emma: Lorde is my all time favorite. I’m obsessed with any & all Jack Antonoff projects (fun, Bleachers, and he produced Lorde’s latest album!). I’ve recently gotten into the Grateful Dead, and am loving my fellow NYU alum, Lauv.
How did you get started in music?
Emma: Growing up in New York, my background is really in musical theatre. I did tons of theatre growing up, but was always obsessed with pop music. I finally fell into songwriting when I moved to LA right after college, and that became my greatest passion and outlet.
What's next this year?
Emma: I’m heading to Nashville this month to write more music with some amazing producers & songwriters, and am itching to shoot another music video! I have way too many ideas, I can’t wait to bring them to life!
What's one thing you want your fans to know about your and/or any words of advice you have for our readers?
Emma: My biggest advice for young people is to make a habit of getting involved with your community. Find a cause you’re passionate about, and start devoting some of your time each week to that! Even if it’s one night a week, you’ll be surprised by the difference you can make in your own life and the lives of others. I work with a small non-profit in LA called The Shower of Hope, who provides showers & hygiene kits for people experiencing homelessness. It has been one of the most fulfilling journeys of my life!