He has a nice smile and dresses just like what you'd imagine a sensitive electro rocker from Brooklyn would: dark jeans and a gray graphic tee that exposes his lower back. One is instantly engulfed in the sweetness that radiates from this tall, curly haired, scruffy faced boy.
STANDARD CULTURE: How did Bowmont come together?
EMIL: Bowmont came along the minute I moved to New York about three years ago. I started writing new songs and new material. I linked up with Jeremy Loucas who is an amazing producer and old friend of mine from school, and we started putting a few recordings out there. We kind of dropped them out on the Internet and it turned out that there was a lot of interest and a lot of people liked it. We were like, “Oh shit.”
What inspires you guys when you go into the studio?
I think what’s fun about is despite the fact that we’ve all been friends for over 10 years, we’ve all taken different paths for a while and come back together, having all learned very different things. I have my classical background, but now I’m also into a bunch of dance music and indie rock. A few of the other guys are into other types of music so we have a very interesting sound.
How would you describe that sound?
A lot of my wind writing, and big band writing, kind of creeps in. But I’m using different instruments. Instead of using a string ensemble, I use synths and electronic elements. It’s a mix between acoustic playing and singing. I am basically writing simple songs, focusing a lot on the lyrics. It starts there.
What inspires your lyrics?
They come from my life. The come from situations that I have been in. I don't really write love songs, but some of my songs are about relationships with other human beings; about friends and people I meet, and observations about what is happening in society.
There are a bunch of young kids now sitting in their basements making music on their laptops. Do you respect that?
Yes! I totally respect that. I think that everyone should just make the music that they want to make. Just jump into it. For the first ten years I didn't have any idea what I was doing. In many ways that's when you really learn, that's when your foundation is made.
Any insight into the Brooklyn rocker scene?
It's rough! I mean, it’s not easy, I can say that. It’s a lot of work. It’s very DIY. It’s really inspiring also because there are so many amazing bands out there. I have so much fun doing it, even though it's not the easiest path. It’s so much fun, I love it.
What's your life philosophy?
This might sound cheesy, but go for your dreams and be kind to others. It’s all about empathy, and I feel like it’s a big thing not only in music but in life in general. It’s really the simple things. I just try to keep my focus on things that are important and try to speak up about the things that I think are wrong.
What's one thing about you that no one would guess?
I love soccer! So much. That’s probably something that no one would guess about me.