Stage Right Secrets caught up with Emily Hackett to learn all about her latest single, “Handle,” and what she’s been up to during quarantine. Read our exclusive Q&A, below.
Congrats on the release of “Handle!” What inspired you to write the song?
Marriage is like the mirror on the wall, except you find out real quick when you’re not being the best version of yourself. Yet, my partner loves me anyway. That’s humbling. So I did my best to write an apology and a reminder to him that I’m trying. I’m hard to handle sometimes, but he does it well.
Do you have a standout lyric from the song?
Davis Naish, my co-writer and producer on this song spit out “I would kill to be what you are for me,” and I nearly died. I was like, “Shit! Where did that come from?!” It says so much.
I love your single artwork, are you already thinking about a music video for the track?
It’s coming very soon and I couldn’t be more excited about it. I had the great pleasure of working with friend and fabulous artist, in every sense of the word, Bo Rinehart. Most people know him from his many years with the band Needtobreathe, but he’s an insanely brilliant visual artist. He has turned the song into something gorgeous to watch as well as listen. I can’t wait to share it.
Your new music seems to have different influences from numerous genres, do genres matter to you or should they in general?
I listen to music based on how I feel. I don’t care what it’s labeled under. That’s how I create too. I wish I didn’t have to pick a genre when I go to release a song. I would much prefer to pick a mood. Genres are less and less of a thing these days. I hope a song being labeled under a particular genre wouldn’t stop anyone from listening to it because it might not be what they expect.
Since most of the country is in quarantine, what have you been up to while at home?
Trying to keep up and not lose the creative momentum, which is hard, but when I’m not working, you will probably find me in the garden. I started my first veggie garden this year. It’s really rewarding to put energy into a living thing that really has nothing to do with you. I love this earth and I love that this season has given me more time with it.
Have you rediscovered any music or found any new records that you’re loving currently?
I’m always thrilled to listen to new music coming from my peers in Nashville and LA. A band that I’m loving particularly right now is Hardcastle. They remind me of what I grew up listening to, but with fresh lyrics and their own take on things. In terms of the icons, I’m still listening to the most recent Harry Styles record over and over again. I don’t know if I am crushing more on his music or on him, to be honest.
Do you find it easier to be inspired during these times or harder?
Depends on my mood. Sometimes the out-of-the-ordinary can be enlightening enough to get a good song out of, but I do miss interactions with people. That’s where I get most of my lightbulb moments.
Are you working on any new music?
It’s a little slow in these times, but yes. Diligently. It’ll be knocking on your door soon.