Emily Wells, 26, doesn't ever have to worry about being pigeon-holed. The classical violinist's tastes run the gamut from Simon and Garfunkel to the Notorious B.I.G. and Vivaldi. These influences show on her new EP, Dirty, the follow-up to her critically acclaimed album, The Symphonies: Dreams Memories & Parties. The six tracks on Dirty sound like mini hip-hop symphonies. Her otherworldly voice mixes in perfectly with looped and lush tracks of her violin playing over beats that Biggie would be proud of. It's a tapestry of sounds that you just have to listen to to make sense of it. Kind of like the first time someone told you to dip your pizza in ranch dressing -- you have to do it to fully realize its awesomeness.
Emily talked to I Heart Daily about what she's been digging lately -- read on for her music recommendations and her star tattoo tale.
IHD: What beauty products do you like to use? EW: I like the Dr. Hauschka products because they're natural and rich and delicious for the skin.
IHD: Name the one item of clothing you can't live without. EW: My kicks. They’re Adidas with white stars on the toes. I love 'em cause they’re lucky. I’ve worn them on stage for over a year. But I’m trying to break in a new hot pair of kicks for the stage lately. High tops.
IHD: You've been playing classical music since you were four -- who is your favorite composer? EW: Beethoven. Mostly because of his piano sonatas. They’re so moving and gorgeous and heartbreaking.
IHD: Who is your favorite hip-hop artist? EW: Biggie of course. His flow above all else, and the sound of his voice. But the production also kills me. The simplicity and the intricacy at once is genius. [Check out Emily's cover of Biggie's, "Juicy" at the end of the post!]
IHD: What is your favorite way to listen to music? EW: Bose noise canceling headphones, walking around town. A good car stereo is pretty hot too.
IHD: We noticed you have some tattoos -- do you have a favorite one? EW: The star on my chest. I got it when I was 16 in this tattoo artist’s apartment because I was underage. It’s a simple line drawing and I got it to always remind myself of the person I was back then.