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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Empress Of

Posted by Amoebite, April 30, 2019 03:42pm | Post a Comment

Empress Of - What's In My Bag?

Electro-singer/songwriter Empress Of recently stopped by Amoeba Hollywood, shopping for records and films by artists that have inspired her. The first thing she showed us when we sat down to talk with her was the Kate Bush LP box set, Remastered In Vinyl I. "I really just wanted to find The Kick Inside, 'cause that's my gateway drug into Kate Bush," she told us, "but this is bomb." "I like how in control of her art she is," she told us when asked why she liked Kate Bush's work, "it's a singular vision; like videos, dancing, music. Everything is the world of Kate Bush."

Empress Of is the stage name of singer, songwriter, and producer Lorely Rodriguez. The name was inspired by the Empress card in the tarot deck. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Empress Of first began attracting attention in 2011, when she anonymously released a series of short YouTube demos called "Colorminutes." Her debut single, "Champagne," was released by No Recordings in 2012. Two years later, she released a bilingual four-song EP called Systems.

In 2015, Empress Of released her debut full-length, Me. Self-produced and recorded in Mexico, the album addresses what she felt to be the negative aspects of living in Brooklyn at the time. Me charted in the top ten on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and placed on the Dance/Electronic Albums chart. Her followup, Us, was released in fall 2018. She has worked with DJDS and Khalid on their Billboard-charting "Why Don't You Come On" and on the DJDS Lana Del Rey cover "Love." She collaborated with Khalid on his Suncity release. Empress Of's 2018 Spanish-language double single "Trust Me Baby / In Dreams" premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show.

Rodriguez found a very eclectic mix of records and movies, including Television's Marquee Moon. "This record was one of those records I just listened to for like a year straight, and only listened to this Empress Of - Us - Amoeba Musicrecord," she told us, pulling the classic New York art-punk record out of her bag. "I listened to this record when I was playing guitar a lot," she went on to say, "I loved how melodic all the guitar riffs are."

Rodriguez was also excited to find a reissue of Celia & Johnny's self-titled album.  "I listened to this record growing up, my whole life, she said, "there's so many songs on here my mom played, (and that) I heard at first communion parties and quinceaneras." Another nostalgic pick for Rodriguez was Selena's Entre a Mi Mundo, which featured "a lot of her iconic songs." "I just wanted to rep my girl," she proclaimed. 

Rodriguez also had to pick up a DVD of Eraserhead. "When I was younger this ensemble did a live score of Eraserhead, and I did the song of the woman in the radiator," she told us, referring to one of the many cult characters and moments of David Lynch's debut feature. Also Lynch related, Rodriguez grabbed a record by Julee Cruise, who's haunting vocals were integral to the Twin Peaks soundtrack. "She's very influential to me," she explained, "and I highly referenced her on a new song on my record."

Also in her bag: Dario Argento, Ariana Grande, and 2001: A Space Odyssey

But who's music does Empress Of put on when she thinks she can't do what she needs to do? And just what is her favorite Hayao Miyazaki movie? You'll have to watch the video to find out:

Empress Of - What's In My Bag?
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