Five Questions With TOVI

Photo Credit: Rebecca Emms

Red Deer, AB-based artist, Rebecca Emms, otherwise known as TOVI had a chat with us for our newest segment of Five Questions With. TOVI is set to release her new EP, Midnight Hum this month, and has released the lead single, “89 San Francisco” in advance, which you can listen to below.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

I’m Rebecca Emms of electropop project TOVI.  I’m based out of Red Deer, Alberta. Sometimes I make recordings in Toronto with Mike Rocha (Electric Youth, Greys, Black Pistol Fire). I just released my first single “89 San Francisco” January 19th and I’m releasing my debut EP Midnight Hum in February.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

I love great songwriting and lyrics, I try to write songs that can still stand up if it’s being performed with a single vocal and an acoustic guitar. When it comes to putting instrumentation around it, there’s definitely always some kind of atmosphere I’m trying to create, whether it’s “This is total 1 am driving-down-the-highway-music” or “This would sound good as closing credits for a film.”

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

Just coming out of the gates with my first single, I actually haven’t done any TOVI shows yet. Keep an eye out for a few live dates in April/May for Alberta and BC. I really looking forward to bridging the music I’ve recorded in the studio to a live experience.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

Go listen to “89 San Francisco”! I feel like it’s got those late night/after hour vibes, with of touch of psychedelia. It’s the kind of alternative indie track that I would hope could hold it’s own if it was sandwiched between a couple window rattling hip-hop tracks.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

Right now I’m listening to Andy Shauf’s album The Party. It has such a timeless sound and I really admire Andy’s way of storytelling.

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