interviewed Emilie Autumn to talk about her forthcoming
UK tour and album release.
have been into music pretty much all your life,
can you give us a brief history of how you got
to where you are now musically?
When I was four years old, I saw a violin
in a shop window, and thought it was a pretty
thing. I was completely smitten with it. After
several years of hardcore training, I simply felt
that playing one kind of music my whole life,
or one instrument, or one anything, was not enough
for me, so I developed a style that combined all
the differing elements that I loved, from classical
to rock to industrial to metal to Broadway.
are due to release your new album ‘Fight
Like A Girl’ this year what does the title
of the album mean to you? And when can we expect
it to be released?
“Fight like Girl” is a title that
represents the taking back of a phrase that is
used all too far and wide and for decades, if
not centuries, to insult boys and ridicule girls,
driving another nail into the coffin of gender
equality for the majority (we are 51%) each time
it is said. Since I can’t control the offensive
bullshit that comes out of people’s mouths,
I’ve decided to simply change what terms
like these mean to at least a certain number of
thinking individuals. To “fight like a girl”
is in fact a very good thing, and every boy would
do well to take some tips.
would you say ‘Fight Like A Girl’
compares to your previous albums?
Where “Opheliac” was very much
about laying the foundation for who I was, why
I had this unique perspective on life and death,
and preparing the listener for entrance into the
“Asylum” world, “FLAG”
is very literally telling the tale of “The
Asylum For Wayward Victorian Girls,” the
book, and is a preview of the Broadway musical
that the book will soon become. This album is
a large part of the actual soundtrack for the
themes and stories are featured within ‘Fight
Like A Girl’?
The album begins with the title track, which
is an anthem for taking an insult and transforming
it into a source of power, as I described earlier.
From there, we join the inmates as they break
out of their cells and go on the murderous rampage
known in the book as the “Tea Party Massacre.”
This leads us to our first flashback, showing
us how it all began, how this whole mess started,
and by the end of the album, we end up right back
where we started, and answer the most important
question of all: Where do we go from here?
the next couple of months you have a lot of shows
booked up and are going to be on the road for
a long time, how do you keep yourself busy between
shows when on the road for so long?
I wish l had that problem! There isn’t
much time at all between shows, and far too little
time than I’d like to be able to get to
know our surroundings, and the various cities
we pass through in our gyspy caravan journey.
Between load-in, sound check, VIP sessions, the
show itself, load out, press, and a million other
details I’m forgetting, we’re lucky
to be able to eat and bathe, one or both of which
often don’t happen at all.
shows are well known for being theatrical, how
do you come up with all the ideas for the shows?
Everything I do comes from the story of the
Asylum. Therefor, I have a whole bible of stories
to tell and worlds to create for my audience,
and am in no danger of running out of inspiration.
are heading to the UK in March and April for some
shows, what can someone who has never seen your
live show before expect from the shows?
Think about the best rock concert you’ve
ever been to, then smash that image into a million
pieces. This is Broadway. This is theatre. We
are here to tell you a story.
music industry has always been a hard thing to
crack for female artists but over the past couple
of years there have been more and more females
making a name for themselves in the industry how
does it feel to be a part of it?
I’m quite isolated, so I don’t
really know. I’m not trying to win a Grammy,
or get on the radio, or win a million fans, so
I’m not too terribly conscious of the struggle
of people within an industry that places all importance
on these things. I’m just trying to spread
a message of strength and individuality through
art. My gender concerns reach far beyond anything
so petty and false as the music industry –
I’m much more concerned about the one in
four reported women in America being raped as
we speak, not to mention the rest of the world,
much of which is even worse.
latest book release ‘The Asylum For Wayward
Victorian Girls’ is an extremely personal
book, how did you feel about releasing it and
what has the response been from your fans that
have read it?
There was a brief moment as the book was going
to print where I realized that the day after it
was released, my life would never be the same.
It’s scary, it’s controversial, and
it tells more about myself than any of my closest
friends have ever known, and more about the reality
of life inside of an insane asylum than most people
would ever want to know. Then I realized that
I had absolutely nothing to lose. Since that time,
I’ve been beyond impressed and grateful
to see that the backlash has been minimal to non-existent,
and that the story is in fact having the best
two effects that I could ever hope for it –
helping people feel less alone and more understood,
and entertaining readers simply by being a good
rollercoaster ride. The book wasn’t written
for a “fan”, or someone who was already
familiar with me or my music in any way. It was
always meant to stand on it’s own, and that’s
what seems to be happening. This story is absolutely
everything to me. Everything.
do you hope to see yourself in a year’s
Scouting for locations in London’s West
End theatre district for the perfect location
for the debut of “The Asylum for Wayward
Victorian Girls”, the musical.
last random question we ask every artist, if you
could be an animal out of a Zebra or a Giraffe
which would you be and why?
Zebra, no contest. Permanent striped stockings.
for your time is there any message you would like
to leave for your fans reading this?
I’d simply like to thank you, first
and foremost, for your time and for putting up
me! Then, to all of the Plague Rats out there,
just know that the power of individualism, beauty,
and truth lies within your claws. Raise them,
and fight. I’m right beside you.
Interview by Trigger