Producer, composer, singer, songwriter, DJ, performer and label boss; Emika is a skilled artist who is doing things differently.
The Anglo-Czech talent is classically trained and mixes and produces her own records. Studying Creative Music Technology at university, she soaked up the sounds of Bristol’s burgeoning dubstep-era before migrating to Berlin and immersing herself in the world of techno. She worked as a sound designer at Native Instruments in Berlin for 4 years, and has worked on projects for other global music tech companies such as Korg and Roli. She was a judge at the DJ Mag Tech Awards 2016. She launched her own label Emika Records in 2014 as a platform to shape her musical vision for electronic music and neo-classical, creating a space for herself to have total creative freedom and control of her own business.
Her earlier albums Emika and DVA were both released through UK indie label Ninja Tune and she was mentored by Public Enemy Producer Hank Shocklee during this time who is also the executive producer of her album DVA. She released DREI as well as her solo piano pieces Klavirni and releases Melancholia Euphoria, Flashbacks, Forever Never during 2014 - 2016, before unleashing her most ambitious work to date: Melanfonie. Melanfonie is her first symphony and it was recorded in January 2016 in Prague at Czech Radio studio with the 50 piece Prague Metropolitan Orchestra and silver-toned soprano Michaela Srumova. Some four years in the making, the record was crowd-funded by her fans via Kickstarter who donated €25,000 to pay for the orchestra and studio.
Emika has worked on many collaborative projects aside from her personal solo material. She invented the concept to make field recordings inside the world-famous techno club Berghain which their resident artists used as the sounds for their huge Fünf compilation released on the clubs’ label Ostgut Ton. Following on from her critically acclaimed albums, her music is also used in a wide range of films, TV shows, events and advertisements, including the London 2012 Summer Olympics, adverts by Gucci and McLaren, catwalk shows for Vivian Westwood, a trailer for Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, hit US TV series How To Get Away With Murder and by US TV channel NBC–who licensed her hugely popular cover of Chris Isaak’s Wicked Game, creating an iTunes no.1 with it’s success. USA R&B star The Weeknd sampled her voice and song Professional Loving for his track Professional.
Emika has toured each album performing live around the world from Russia to China, across Europe, USA, Canada and the UK. She is also regularly invited to talk on panels and in universities about creativity, gender equality, and music production.