Emma Oliver: That’s Hot with Singer-Songwriter Gone TikTok Viral
Dallas-based singer-songwriter Emma Oliver has been in the music scene for some time now, but it wasn't until the release of her single "Sad Sometimes" and her success on TikTok that she began to really share her music with the world.
We had the honor of sitting down with her for our new segment called "That's Hot" where we ask her all about her music and growth over the years while tasting different local hot sauces with McDonald's chicken nuggets. Keep reading and watching for a hilarious and spicy interview with her.
Q: Who is Emma Oliver? What made you become a singer-songwriter?
Emma Oliver: I am a singer-songwriter from Dallas. I've been doing music since I was a kid, singing whenever I could. I got really passionate about it when I was about 17 when I first discovered the Dallas music scene.
Q: Did singing come first or songwriting?
Emma: Songwriting came first. I did poetry at first and then I just started putting lyrics to different things. I fell in love with music because there's poetry and then you add all these different instruments and it just turns into this beautiful thing.
Q: So for those of us who have been around for a few years now, we have noticed a slight change in your musical style from a song like “Jaded Love” to “Sad Sometimes” was there a reasoning behind that?
Emma: I wanted something different. I played a lot of shows that were live and right in front of you, a lot of the crowd I was in were Jazz. I grew up on 60's R&B soul and I wanted something different because I wanted to be different. A lot of the Dallas music scene is R&B soul but I didn't want that so I decided to hit the pop market.
Q: Speaking of your music, it’s what I like to call sad girl vibes, what inspires that? Personal experience, something you just like writing about, or something entirely different?
Emma: Oh yeah it's definitely sad girl vibes, it's constantly raining in my head. I write a lot on personal things and problems I deal with it. But a lot of it just comes from making things up. I like the thought of sad music. I like to listen to it, it's one of my favorite things to listen to.
Q: Let’s talk about Tiktok - your personality on there seems so different from the music you create. Are these just two different sides of you or does one side represent the TRUE Emma Oliver more than the other?
Emma: TikTok is so weird. I got it when it first came out and at first, I was one of those who said I wasn't going to make videos because I'm too cool for TikTok so I would just watch and like videos. Then I was thinking about it one day because I was bored, and I was like I should try to make a video. The first one I ever made got 300k views, and I was just using a sound. It really started taking off when I made videos of my dog and compared myself to cartoon characters.
I think I'm both Emmas. I use humor to be sad and I'm sad for humor. I just merge them together. But then again they are two separate people. I have ADD so when I'm ADD'd out those are the weirdest videos on my page.
Q: Since we met in 2017 I’ve watched your music and your career flourish and grow. Would you say you are on the path you’ve planned or that this has all just been unexpected?
Emma: Yeah, this was the plan. I dropped out of college. I barely graduated high school. I've literally gotten fired and laid off from jobs because I did music.
Q: What’s next for you?
Emma: Well we are keeping the sad girl vibes but kind of leaning towards a Dominic Fike kind of feel. We're gonna work on that and see where it goes. I have an EP coming out in March and then after that, we are working on new music and new sounds.
Q: Final question that we love to ask all our guests: What does the word 'uproar' mean to you?
Emma: Uproar is this hot sauce. But if we are being serious, probably just you are tired of the bullish*t so you get up and you brace for impact and keep going. Make it well known you don't give a sh*t anymore and you do what you want to do.
Make sure to watch the video above for the full interview. You can find Emma Oliver's music on all streaming platforms.
Special thanks to: @itsemmaoliver