Emma Golden is a young, emerging songstress who is impressing us here at Purple Melon with her debut single ‘A Hundred Million Times.’ There’s a maturity in the writing that surprised us, given her tender age; with eyes on the electro-pop scene, you could very well see Emma’s name alongside the likes of Billie Eilish and Billie Marten.
Hey, tell us a bit about yourself.
Well I’m 15 years old and currently a sophomore in high school. I was born in New York, New York, the middle child in my family, and we moved to Los Angeles when I was one so I’ve pretty much grown up here. In terms of music, I’ve been singing since I can remember, and I started writing songs around the age of four. I also play piano and guitar, and even a little ukulele. Ever since I was little I’ve dreamed of working in the music business, and really started getting into all of this music stuff recently. I also get into a lot of silly high school drama, which is what usually prompts my songs.
How did the new single come about?
In terms of style, I characterize myself as somewhere in between electro and commercial pop. I grew up listening to bubble gum pop artists like Justin Bieber, One Direction, and Hannah Montana (all of which I love and still listen to) but I’ve recently been moving towards more alternative songs that really get the listener thinking and make them want to cry and laugh and move all at the same time. That’s exactly what I want to do with my music, and I try my best to make my songs as relatable and energetic as I can.
What does it draw upon?
I started writing it a while back when I was dealing with some stupid relationship stuff with this boy I’ve been going on and off with for a few years. The relationship wasn’t really anything like the song, but I got the idea from it when I was fed up with him one day and it snowballed from there. I first wrote it and came up with the chords on the piano, which is what I usually do, and then the instrumental chorus melody came into my head and I started to become really attached to it. I quickly produced a draft version singing through a lousy microphone while lying on my bathroom floor. (Fun fact: Those draft vocals actually ended up being my main vocals on the track!)
I didn’t imagine doing anything with it, but then I got together with an amazing producer my friend introduced me to, Matthew Engst, and he asked me if I had anything in the works. So I showed him the song and he said, “Alright I love it, here are my ideas” and we went from there. It’s been incredible and I’m really happy with the result.
Is there more content in the pipeline?
Yeah, definitely. I’ve been writing songs almost all of my life, so I have a whole list of songs that I want to put together. I’ve been getting really into the more electro pop style, which is moving away form my normal, more commercial sound, so I’m psyched to explore that more. I also want to start branching out and working with some more producers, as well as writers and musicians. Since I usually write, sing, and produce songs mostly on my own, I feel like it would be great to try some more collaboration since that’s such a vital part of the music business. In terms of specific songs, I’m currently working on a couple main ones that will hopefully be posted soon that I’m really excited about.
What’s on the horizon for you?
I’m not really sure to be honest. I’m only 15, so I still have some time to figure it all out. I have a ton of songs that I want to produce so I’m looking forward to that. I might end up putting together an EP or something, but right now I’m just kind of feeling it out and seeing where my music takes me.