My name is Emily Jane. I am the Songwriter/Guitarist/Vocalist from Vernon Jane and a songwriting graduate from BIMM Dublin class of 2016.
How did you get started?
I was a bit of a late bloomer when it came to writing and performing music. I always loved listening to music and throughout my life, I was madly in love with the grunge greats and weirdos. When I was about 12 I joined the school choir and used the tiny bit of money I had to buy a guitar, I figured it would help me read the music we were given. I began to sing a little louder in my room and realised it was making me feel better, like every time I sang whatever was happening didn’t matter at all. This led to me taking the things I wrote in my diary and putting them to the shabby chords I had learned. I never shared this work with anyone and was very introverted when it came to creativity. When I was about 16 I showed my brother a song (I figured he’d heard it all before since his room was below mine) and he knew a guy who frequented an open mic in our town, he brought a very nervous me in. After that first open mic, I realised that music was the thing that would help me and 8 years on that remains truer than ever.
Why did you choose BIMM Dublin?
Previous to BIMM opening I attended a course where I earned a diploma in music performance. Being the late bloomer I was, I felt I needed more from my musical education. BIMM was only in its second year when I applied and there was such excitement in my group of friends about it. We all applied together in the hopes that we would enter into a musical community, meet new musicians, and continue learning. (Spoiler Alert: we did all of that and more)
What has been/was your highlight at BIMM?
It’s extremely hard to narrow that down. There are career highlights but also personal ones. Overall the moment that brings those two avenues together was meeting my band. I think back to when we were baby faced in the first year and how we played with so many different projects but we just kept coming back to each other. We have gotten to do so many cool things together and it’s been so humbling to see everyone grow and become such amazingly talented players. I never take for granted how lucky I am to have such solid people and players in my life.
What advice would you give to future BIMM Students?
That’s another tough one, but the thing I wish someone said to me was just take it one day at a time. It’s not always going to be easy, you will have days where you don’t know why you chose music, you’ll be self-deprecating but that’s okay. Those days are the ones that will make you want to practice harder, to learn more, those days are the ones that will keep you determined. I remember both my worst and my best day from BIMM because both are equally as important. Have faith in yourself and your own uniqueness. Stay true to yourself and your creative vision and in doing so, every performance you do, every exam you take you can look back on fondly.