Emma Currie trades the rink for the recording studio

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Whether it’s hockey or music, Emma Currie chose the life of a pop singer. The 24-year-old Vancouverite has just released Welcome to the Wild, a five-song alt-pop / R & B debut EP that features the single Klara. We talked to Currie about his day job, hockey and music. Welcome to the Wild is currently available on most streaming platforms.

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Q: Your daily job is to groom dogs. What skills have you learned that you can apply to your career as a pop musician?

A: How to talk to people. In the pop industry, it’s not just about music, it’s also about reaching out and helping people.

Q: You played competitive hockey until you were 18. How was it ?

A: I started when I was four. Later, I had this incredible opportunity to play in many parts of North America. I was also on a spring hockey team, and three of those players are actually on Canada’s National Women’s Ice Hockey Team – Amy and Sarah Potomak, and Micah Zandee-Hart. It was an honor to play with them and to see them play. Outside of the rink, they are some of the cutest girls you will ever meet.

Q: Was there a time when you had to choose hockey or music?

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A: In my mid teens I was concentrating on hockey, but still loved music. It was about, without which I cannot live. I still play hockey, just for fun. But there is something in music that I cannot live without.

Q: Your great-grandmother was an opera singer by training. How would you describe the musical environment in which you grew up?

A: She died before I was born. A whole bunch of my aunts and uncles also play music. When I was young my mom played mostly 90s country and 70s-80s rock.

Q: You co-wrote most of the Welcome to the Wild songs with Ameer Corro. How did the songwriting process go?

A: There isn’t really a specific way to write songs. Sometimes I come up with an idea or something that happened to me and he’ll say, “Great, let’s write about it”. Sometimes we write a song with a sample.

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Q: You completed the PE over a year ago, before the pandemic. Do you have a song backlog now?

A: I have so many songs. It was very difficult not to release the EP sooner because I wanted everyone to hear it. But the break gave me the opportunity to write all this material. I have almost two music albums. I don’t know when I will release it, but I hope that by the end of this year I will release a full album.

Q: Are there any concerts planned?

A: I have only done one since the start of the pandemic. I have nothing to come, but tried to find anything and everything – even small gigs with only 30 people allowed. Right now it’s very difficult, a whole bunch of artists are trying to get this little place just to go out.

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