Emma Zale Interview
Emma Zale is one of the most talented, fastest rising, unsigned singers in
the music business today. What a voice this lady has! Here's someone who
can really sing.
Q.-You did a cover version of the 60's song "Build Me
Up Buttercup" by The Foundations. Why did you select that song? Your version
has a lot more energy, by the way.
A.-Yeah, a lot of people ask that. We were doing an in-store for our Christmas
record up in Hackensack, (New Jersey) Record King, and the owner suggested
that song for my voice. So I listened to it. He said it would be a real cool
song, because there hasn't been a female cover of it. I really liked that song
a lot. I just though it could have great harmonies. The way they (The
Foundations) recorded it back then, they couldn't really do much with
keyboards. I heard a lot of harmonies they didn't have there, so we decided
to record it that way. Do a more up-dated version of it. We got a lot of responses
from 60's fans. It was just played all over the place. We got a lot of radio
airplay on it, because people know the song.
Q.-You describe your music as Power Rock/Pop Music.
What does that mean?
A.-It's like a cross-over. It's pop, but with a metal flavor, with a harder
flavor. It's music that has a lot of energy. I think it's really important
when you perform live to have a lot of energy and be dynamic. To me that's
what appeals when I see a band. If they're very dynamic whether they're metal,
or heavy, or rock “n” roll, or whether they're just rock “n” roll
like The Stones. To me it just means a lot of energy, totally opposite
dance stuff, but with that pop flavor, so it would appeal, 'cause I want to
be able to cross-over.
Q.-Is there any resentment in your band over the group
being called "E.M. Zale"?
A.-(Laughs) No, not at all.
Q.-With all of your experience, don't you feel like
that one "big break" just hasn't come your way yet?
A.-Yeah, I've been doing it for quite awhile. Now I'm taking a different
approach. I'm just basically playing in Manhattan with a few gigs outside,
doing the universities. I use to concentrate on Long Island, and New Jersey,
and record people really don't go out there. I mean, it's sad to say it.
You have to play specific clubs in Manhattan where they visit all the time.
So, that's where we're concentrating on, the city area. We're doing colleges
and Staten Island clubs on the weekends, but during the weekdays we're playing
Q.-How are you getting bookings into these show-case
A.-I handle the business part of it myself. I also have a music lawyer who
basically watches out for what I do. It's hard work. A full-time job really.
Q.-Your weekend gigs must pay for all the showcase clubs
you do. Record company hangouts are notorious for not paying any money.
A.-Exactly. And the colleges pay pretty nicely.
Q.-Has there been serious interest by the record companies
in Emma Zale?
A.-Yes, right not, there's a lot of interest, based on the Sleep Walking tape
and my lawyers shopping that. We have a lot of A and R people coming to these
particular places, so that's why I'm concentrating on that particular area
during the weekdays.
Q.-Is the New York scene taking off again?
A.-Yes. A lot of new clubs are opening. A lot of the old ones are being
renovated, which is nice. The sound systems are being up-dated. They have a
lot of promoters.
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