We were informed a few days back that there would be an interview of Emilie on the website of Finland's most sold afternoon paper, Ilta-Sanomat ("Evening News"). The interview was made on Friday before her show in Tampere, and yesterday it was posted on their website.
See interview here
It's pretty much the same stuff she's talked in interviews before, but it's a nice video. And here's a really rough translation of the written part:
American musician Emilie Autumn doesn’t easily fit into the definition of any genre we’re accustomed to.
The artist herself is simultaneously a composer, violinist, musician, actress and performance artist and even her music is a combination of classical, glam rock, industrial, electronic music and more.
But the music is only a part of Autumn’s whole experience, for the visual cabaret –styled, theatrical show is in this case cleanliness is half a meal (not sure if this is an idiom used in English but oh well), if not more.
So it’s no wonder that the show and the music needed a whole new term. Emilie Autumn is thus Victorian-industrial rock.
The artist is currently touring the world promoting Fight Like A Girl, her album that is to be released in June, and is popping in to Finland for two shows.
The pace is quick, for just a week earlier Emilie with her Bloody Crumpets –group performed in Italy.
In Tampere, one arriving from the warm weather of Italy and the spring of mid-Europe would see both snow and muffins who had been waiting in line since morning, which was of course a slight culture shock.
“How do they survive,” the artist marveled before the interviewer stated that it’s a splendid queuing weather, since there’re no minus degrees and the sun is shining.
In addition to the upcoming album and the tour Autumn is keeping busy, since she just recently performed in a horror movie The Devil’s Carnival. The movie’s premiere was held in Los Angeles on the night before her arriving to Finland, with Autumn and her group celebrating it on a Viking Line ferry.
“I haven’t even seen the whole movie yet, but people are sending me messages from the party! I really hope I was good,” Autumn laughs and reminisces, how it took five hours every day to make up her character.
“It’s amazing to see how people create their own things, make the visions simmering in their heads into reality. For me it’s my book, music and art, for him it’s horror films and musicals,” Autumn ponders about her collaboration with Darren Lynn Bousman, who directed for example Saw- and Repo! The Genetic Opera –movies.
After the record release Autumn tries to find time to refine her musical. The musical premiering in London in 2014 is based on Autumn’s own memoirs, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls, but at the same time builds on the current theatrical stage show.
“I’ve built this for years towards a full sized Broadway musical. Three and a half hours, enough space, proper sets and a stage full of people. And a real orchestra,” Autumn tells about her plans and underlines how all her productions wind together.
“A musical isn’t born in a moment, though. I have to find time to finish composing this massive, epic piece, and I clearly don’t have opportunities for that right now.”
Autumn was very excited about that evening’s show. Tampere is also called Finland’s metal- and gothic central, so what could be nicer, since “especially metal and goth folk first came to my shows and supported me. In that sense it’s really great to be here and I hope to see a lot of them in the audience.”
Autumn got what she asked for and during the show the artist marveled at the colorfulness, diverseness and age range of the audience.
Emilie Autumn performs today, April 7th in Nosturi, Helsinki.
Emilie Autumn tells more about her music, style, upcoming album, musical and other subjects in IS TV’s interview!