Meet Emily Magpie
Happy Feminist Wednesday- Introduce yourself to our Bettys!
I'm Emily- I've been writing, producing and releasing music under the name Emily Magpie now for just over 3 years. I love to explore dreamy hazy textures in sounds and layer those with some hefty bass and beats. I've just released my third EP, Be Your Own Light.
How did you get started in music?
I used to sing in a jazz band when I was at school, and always wrote poetry and messed around a bit on guitar, but things only really clicked into place for me when I picked up a ukulele about 5 years ago, and started to learn to produce. I was instantly addicted and fascinated and that was the start of this project.
Tell us why feminism is important to you and how it influences your work?
Feminism is important to me because equality to me is an obvious necessity. I can't compute inequality, or people being treated unfairly due to sex, sexuality, race, age, religion, physicality, etc... Just being treated unfairly generally I can't compute to be honest. I love being a woman, and am so proud to be this gender. Why would anyone think of us as lesser/less valuable? We're bad ass.
A lot of change has happened, and more is on its way. It's an exciting and slightly mad time to be alive.
What do you do to avoid feminist burnout? What's your favourite self care practice?
Talk to my friends, support each other. Pick your battles, as that is in fact your choice too - you don't have to waste your energy on people who aren't worth it. I feel I've built quite a strong confidence in myself as a woman, and have addressed a lot of internalised limitations, so in fact am often surprised when faced with people's limitations they may try and fit on me. But I'm aware I'm also lucky to be in that position where generally being me comes with quite a lot of freedom. I know not all women have the same privilege so we have to support and look out for each other. I love to meditate... Though often I just fall asleep. It's always a good nap though.
Do you have any advice for anyone starting out in your field?
Listen to yourself, create for yourself, follow what excites you and don't worry about what other people think/care about outcomes more than how creating music makes you feel. Keep that at the centre of what you do and what you create will be at least honest, original, and satisfying to yourself.