Brand new music.
By Danni Cassette
EmmoLei Sankofa (she/her) is an American composer, singer-songwriter, record producer, sound artist, & multi-instrumentalist based in Los Angeles, CA. An Atlanta native, EmmoLei’s work stretches across music, visual media, & fine art. Her sound encompasses a mixture of multiple genres but often integrates elements of Soul, Jazz, Classical, & R&B.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Fluid, Enterprising, Eccentric
Can you tell us a little bit about your playlist?
I’d say that this playlist is a representation of artists who have very unique and distinct voices. And, when I say voices, I mean all across the board. Everything that’s aligned with their artistry is distinct and captivating. It comes out in their writing, vocal timbre, aesthetic, production, etc.
What quality/qualities in your artistry do you think truly distinguish you?
My brother often comments on the uniqueness of my vocal inflections. As I continue to stretch and grow into my voice, I believe that that is definitely something that will put me in a class of my own. I believe that my production style really separates me too. No one can ever really put their finger on what/who I sound like. I used to hate it, but the wiser I get, the more I realize it’s because I’m always on the cusp of something new.
What has your biggest obstacle been in your career thus far?
Um, this question is always hard to answer. I’ve had so many obstacles that are really heavy and I’m not sure that I could really put all of the weight on one. I will say that I was recently talking to a friend about getting over the fear of performing as a solo artist. I think getting over that will push me ahead a lot. I actually feel ready for that now more than ever so it won’t be an obstacle much longer.
How do you keep yourself motivated?
Sometimes I revisit past accomplishments. It makes me realize how far I’ve come and forces me not to get caught up in some of the day to day upsets or victories. It’s all temporary. Accomplishing the short term goals that I align with my long term goals keeps me motivated as well. Lastly, all of the emails, dms, and words of encouragement from strangers and peers keeps me going too. When you are made aware of how you’ve directly impacted someone’s life, it really adds fuel to the fire.
How do you think social media has impacted art in itself?
Ahh, that’s a pretty loaded question. I’m sure someone is writing a dissertation on it. That’s how deep we could go here. But, to keep it short, I think social media has provided us with both a box and the universe simultaneously, if you get my drift. I think we’re in the dinosaur era of what that actually means for art right now. Ask me this question again in the year 8013. I’ll definitely have a different answer.
Who or what has influenced your sound the most?
Ok, so I have to compartmentalize this because sooooo many vital things have contributed to my sound. I believe it all boils down to these two major things: My parents/upbringing and self-discovery. Under those categories, you’ll find people, places, events, things, etc. that have left their mark and sneak their way into my work here and there. I know that seems vague af, but that’s the simplest way to answer this without writing a book.
How do you deal with rejection?
Sometimes I cry. Sometimes I don’t. At the end of the day, I always work harder and pivot. Most times rejection lands me closer towards what is meant for me and simply having that perspective often softens the blow.
If you could give your 10 yr old self any advice today, what would it be?
More lasers. Less flashlights. FOCUS.
What is something really important to you that you’d like to accomplish this year?
To be completely honest, financial stability.
In the end what do you want to be the most known for?
In the end, I want to be most known for being a true trailblazer in whatever lane I flow into.