Following the release of his debut EP, Don’t Tell My Mother, London based artist performed to a captive audience at his headline release show at The Tabernacle, Notting Hill.
On Saturday 8th April, EMINZADA performed songs from his new EP, accompanied by the Berlin Metropolitan Orchestra. The prestigious Tabernacle is known for hosting the likes of Adele, Florence + The Machine and Pink Floyd to name a few. The night kicked off with the mesmerising Nayana, who is part of The Emin Eminzada Foundation. As well as his original songs, EMINZADA also performed a selection of 17th century arias by G.F Handel with the Berlin Metropolitan Orchestra. Part of the revenue from the show was donated to earthquake survivors in Turkey.
EMINZADA is a multi-dimensional artist with an exclusive style and powerful mindset. Originally from Baku City, Azerbaijan, EMINZADA has grown up with diversity in abundance, living between Azerbaijan, Turkey and the US, before making his move to London. Paying homage to his classical background in music composition, his music explores notions of camp, lust and escapism, representing freedom of art expression and his homeland’s musical culture and futurism, with his Azerbaijani heritage beaming proudly throughout.
His debut EP, Don’t Tell My Mother, features six songs touching on the artist's evolution to date. This journey is not only reflected in the lyrics, but also the genre. Starting off with indie pop and transitioning to dark, electronic pop, this metamorphosis represents how EMINZADA has grown to become more confident. With heavy inspiration from his Azerbaijani heritage, the EP perfectly encapsulates every inch of who the artist is. The songwriter shares, “I have experimented with incorporating Middle Eastern musical elements into their music, such as using traditional instruments, incorporating Arabic or Persian vocal styles, or blending Middle Eastern rhythms and melodies with modern electronic production techniques. This can create a new, hybrid sound that reflects both my individual creative vision and the cultural influences that have shaped my musical identity.” Another big catalyst for the EP is the strong bond between the artist and his mother, hence the title of the release. He shares, “I was going through genre and style transitions throughout the preparations of this EP, learning to become comfortable with myself. However, by taking each step towards my comfort zone - I kept saying - ‘Don’t tell my mother!’” Delving further into this relationship is “Bloodline”. The track touches on the desire to live authentically yourself, despite the concerns of your parents, the artist confesses that his life choices cannot be controlled by his family, regardless of their close bond. Then there is “Aries Soulmate” which is mainly inspired by his astrological beliefs.
EMINZADA shares, “When two Aries individuals meet each other, it can lead to a dynamic and exciting relationship that is characterized by passion, enthusiasm, and a shared desire for adventure. However, it is important for both individuals to be mindful of their individual tendencies towards dominance and competition, and to work together to find a balance and a sense of mutual respect.” Fan-favourite “Beautiful Long Hair” features mysterious Middle Eastern elements that are perfectly complemented by the contemporary alt-pop production, with the melody built in the Azerbaijani musical scale, Chargah. In a kaleidoscope of colourful instrumentation, the track explores the desire for people with beautiful long hair and the seemingly unequivocal confidence that appears to come with it. “Sociopath” is about the person who you’re afraid to become. EMINZADA reveals, “At some point, I met so many sociopaths in my life - their toxic character and demanding attitude was part of my life. I felt like a source of energy for them, and at the end of the day I was so drained that I couldn't continue doing my everyday activities.” Continuing an exploration into his truly idysocranic discourses, “Sociopath” soars with electronically-charged synthesisers, a blaring bassline and echoing vocality, that was brought to life and recorded by a harmonious choir from a local church in Hampstead. Bringing the EP to a close, “Beggar” is another song where the artist is trying to bring awareness about toxic and manipulating men. This song lyrically warns us about manipulation which can take many forms, including using money and sex as a tool to control you.
Sonically inspired by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and Venezuelan musician Arca’s musical aesthetics. EMINZADA’s support for the disabled LGBTQIA+ community is at the focal point of his work, casting a brighter light on artist’s who have experienced adversity in their life, and had a hard time finding their place within their community. EMINZADA is not just an advocate and an ally for this community, but a part of it, as he manages a disability himself in the form of Pectus Excavatum; a disability that for singers in particular can be a devastating hindrance. Setting his sights high, EMINZADA is planning to open a non-profit organization called “Emin Eminzada Foundation”, aiming to help musical artists achieve their goals.
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