Introducing LITTLE CROW, an Alternative Indie duo based out of Vancouver, BC, Canada comprised of Singer/Songwriter Emily Seal and Guitarist Kas Baker. Pulling inspiration from such bands as Daughter, Elle King and Gin Wigmore, these two create hauntingly beautiful songs which encapsulate the inner battles we all face day to day reminding us that we are all human. Their unique sound quickly caught my attention and I wanted to learn more about them and thankfully, I got the chance to interview the duo and do just that. Read my interview with the talented duo below:
MHB: Where are you from and how did the two of you meet? How was Little Crow formed?
Kas: Em is originally from Edmonton, Alberta. Whereas I grew up in Vancouver, BC. Once Em had moved to Vancouver, we had met through a mutual friend. Over time we continued to grow closer and began to jam. We ended up writing a song, which is actually our first single “Devil In Disguise”. It was then that we decided to go full force with Little Crow.
MHB: Was there ever a moment that made you want to pursue music and say, that is what I want to do with my life and if so, what was it?
Emily: Music is always something that I have been involved in since I was a kid. I’m not sure if there was really ever an “a hah” moment, but I always remember feeling that even though I was shy, music would always be my outlet and the best way for me to express myself.
MHB: Who were some of your biggest musical influences growing up & what bands continue to influence you and your music?
Emily: I grew up being totally obsessed with Fleetwood Mac, and Johnny Cash. Over time I drew inspiration from bands such as Florence and The Machine, Daughter, and The National, that continue to inspire our music today.
Kas: I was definitely really interested in more of a Rock and Roll/Punk scene growing up, listening to bands like Billy Talent, Rise Against, and Death From Above 1969. My musical tastes vary from many different genres but lately I am inspired from bands like Black Pistol Fire, Daughter, and Flume. For real, all over the place.
MHB: If you were given the opportunity to go back and see any artist perform live, who would each one of you choose to see?
Kas: Ella Fitzgerald, or Billy Holiday; hands down. Their powerful voices have left such an impression on me.
Emily: I would have to say Amy Winehouse. She had so much talent and soul. It would have been incredible to see her live.
MHB: What is the music scene like in Canada? What do you like about it?
It’s great! It is definitely a lot smaller than the US music scene, but has a lot to offer in terms of talent.
MHB: Without using any musical terms, how would you describe your music/sound to a new listener?
Remembering heartbreak, but in a somehow comforting way.
MHB: How is your creative process? Is there a certain way you usually do things, or is it different with each piece of work?
It honestly varies with every song we write. Some songs start while in the car, while others are written in a dark room with a glass of wine. One of us usually either comes up with a lyric or a guitar part and then just jam on it for a little while until we can build on it.
MHB: What was the inspiration behind your single "Devil In Disguise"?
Our inspiration for Devil In Disguise had to do with past experiences. A lot of our songs are about love and loss. This song was kind of a reflection on past relationships we previously had that were not the healthiest.
MHB: What can we look forward to hearing from you in the near future? Do you have an album you are working on?
We are really excited to be releasing our debut EP on November 6! We feel these songs really reflect who we are as artists, and are excited to share them with everyone.
MHB: Where can you hope to see yourselves in a year from now?
A year from now we would love to be playing different festivals across Canada, and begin to work on a second album.
MHB: What artists currently excite you?
Daughter, Elle King, and Dustin Kensrue would have to be our biggest influences right now. All of these artists have so much power not only in their voices, but in their songwriting.
MHB: For each one of you, what is a single piece of advice that's ever affected you? In turn, what advice would you give to others?
Emily: Advice that has affected me is/as well as advice I would like to pass on: "Make music because you love it, and be yourself". This advice really helped me own the fact that I play music because I love it, and create music that represents myself. Sometimes in the music industry there can be pressure to be a certain sound, or look a certain way, but it is important to stay true to yourself.
Kas: Em always tells me “It’s important not to get stuck inside your head, or to overthink things. This sometimes makes things more difficult than they actually are.” It’s easy to get caught up in trying to be perfect, and hold ourselves back in fear of judgment. However being vulnerable is a very important part of music, and it keeps you honest.
MHB: What does music mean to you?
Music is one of the most therapeutic things for us, especially while writing it. For us, music is about being completely vulnerable.
MHB: Is there anything else you would like to share about yourself and/or your music?
Check out their first single off of their debut EP "Devil In Disguise" below and hear how Emily's unique voice shines. You can just hear the raw emotion pouring out through her warm, smooth voice and you can't help but get sucked in. I'm definitely excited to hear what else they have in store for us.