EMQ’s With Emma Torkington
What is your name, what do you do, and can you tell us a little bit about how you ended up doing it?
My name is Emma Torkington, I am a reviewer/music listener person. I kinda fell into writing about music, in fairness. A good friend wanted to start a music part in his magazine. My husband put me forward as I had written stories, etc, in the past… And it has gone from there really.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I live in Blackpool, moved here from Manchester, but I was born in Cornwall. We have only moved here recently, and I have been told there is a great metal club here. But, due to Covid, I haven’t been able to experience it all yet 😭
What is your favourite latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
I am currently really loving Corey Taylor ‘CMFT’ video and song. It just makes me so happy. I am also loving Cory Marks, ‘Drive’.
Who have been your greatest influences, in music or in life?
Music wise, so many bands have spoken to me. The stand outs are Linkin Park, P!nk (don’t judge me, I adore her), and Wardruna. In life, my greatest influences have been family and the friends I have. I love to learn what people listen to, and I feel that listening to their tastes gives you a deeper understanding of them as people.
What first got you into music?
Listening to my mum and dad’s music as a kid, and then watching music channels. Going “ooooh” at anything with a hard and heavy drumbeat.
Which current bands or musicians would you like to see collaborate on a record?
Wardruna and Corey Taylor.
If you could go to any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Knotfest in the States. It seems to have everything that I want at a festival. Though, at the moment, I would be happy with any live music!
What’s the weirdest music related thing you own?
It’s not weird, but I have a drumstick from Shinedown. I have picks from Motley Crue, Matalica, Slipknot and Def Leppard. I also have a Foo Fighters crew T-shirt.
If you had one message for your Ever Metal readers, what would it be?
Don’t let yourself stand in your own way.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
I can’t just pick just one, but if pushed, I would go with Wayne Static or Layne Stanley.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
That the music is for the fans, not the money.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Black Stone Cherry – “Kentucky” or Linkin Park – “Hybrid Theory”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl is a beautiful sound, but for me, ease of access is key. So streaming services.
What’s the best gig that you have been to, and why?
One that always stands out in my mind is Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown, Halestorm with support from Highly Suspect. It was just an incredible line-up, and to hear the MEN Arena silent for ‘Things my father said’ made every hair stand up on end. It was a beautiful gig, and sharing that moment with my now husband, will always be a special one.
What do you get up to when you’re not writing/taking photos?
When I am not writing, I am either modelling or watching Drag – from Ru Paul’s drag race to Dragula!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
My five people would be Corey Taylor, Lzzy Hale, P!nk, Gabriel Iglesias, and Trixie Mattel.
Jaffa Cakes. Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I don’t like Jaffa Cakes! Though I would say they are a cake more than a biscuit.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I’ve got a plan so cunning that you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel.
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