We had the good fortune of connecting with Emmett Harper and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emmett, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
My mom was a painter. As an only child, my mom would would break out the supplies and keep the boredom at bay with art projects. A lot of her friends were also painters or musicians and they always had the same advice. “Don’t become an artist, there is no money in it”. I took that advice and became a programmer. When I was 24, my mom called to tell me she had stage four pancreatic cancer. In six months, she had passed away and I had become a different person with a new fear. A fear of dying not having created the art that I could. We all pass at some point, so it goes. When I pass, I want to pass as an artist, like my mom.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Rock is in a weird state right now where it seems to be declining. I want to take the influences and experiences I have and compose the next great songs. Plain and simple. I’ve learned that the music industry is a cluster and predatory. Business men have an easy opportunity to profit off your dreams of “making it”. I combat this by not trying to make it. Selling and marketing art, deviates from making art. I want other creators to know, that creating your art has to come above all that other stuff. Also creativity is a funny thing. It comes and goes. So when it’s gone you should try and improve your technical skills. And when it crosses your path, take advantage of the moment and create.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If you’ve never been here, then we’re grabbing some tacos immediately. I’m talking Tacos El Gordo down in Chula Vista. Then I’m showing you around my neighborhood, Abnormal Heights. We’re going to be drinking, so we’ll head over to the Belching Beaver in North Park. And we’ll grab some dogs from Daddy’s Hot Dogs in Hillcrest before we head over to Sunset Cliffs for the sunset. Every day will revolve around food, drinks, and sun because that’s what we do best in San Diego. And when live music opens up we’ll add that to the mix.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The biggest advantage I had in life was two loving and supporting parents. It’s impossible to express how important that is to the development of someone. My dad strengthened my left brain. Recognizing I was above average at math early on and pushing me towards the STEM field. My mom nurtured my right brain. Exposing me to her journey as an artist and normalizing art and the process for me. Both of them loved me with everything they had. At the time I thought that was a given for a parent but as I grew up I’ve learned that is a luxury. A luxury my kids will have. As cliche as it might be, my shoutout is to my loving parent
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