Before diving into her first set of songs, Erin Webb had yet to step into the producing role. Now she’s jumped head first into it and it’s clear that she’s a quick learner. We can hear the proof of that in the array of singles released throughout this year, all of which can be found on her debut EP, waves of emotions, that she co-produced alongside Brad Kuhn.
We talked about the new music, what inspired her to head down this route (and to Alabama), and more in this back-and-forth exchange.
Kendra: Where did your interest in music come from? Was it an album, artist, or TV show?
Erin Webb: My interest in music came from my grandmother and dad. Growing up, my grandmother played piano and my dad has always been a music enthusiast. I grew up listening to all genres, but the first artist I heard that inspired me to want to sing was Alison Krauss.
Kendra: You came up in Memphis but when it came time to record your music, you headed to Alabama. Why didn’t you think to make the move to Nashville?
Erin Webb: I love the culture of blues and soul in Memphis and wanted to move somewhere that still had that same feel. Muscle Shoals has such a strong history in music, and the community is also extremely supportive. I do love Nashville and have had the pleasure to work with many talented musicians and engineers there.
Kendra: This year you’ve dropped three singles including “Santa Monica” and your latest, “Getaway Car.” You definitely have a knack for delivering wonderful pop music, so I’d love to know what’s often playing when you hop behind the wheel?
Erin Webb: My car jams vary from song to song. I’m that person that has slow country and chill rap on the same playlist. Right now, I have been listening to a lot of Kaleo, 1975, and Ernest.
Kendra: Can all of the singles we’ve gotten thus far be found on your EP, ‘waves of emotions?’
Erin Webb: Yes! My EP, ‘waves of emotions,’ has six songs, including my three singles that were released earlier this year. I wanted each track to represent a different emotion and energy.
Kendra: When you think about your own wave of emotions, which one often is the biggest when it comes to being the driving force behind inspiring your music?
Erin Webb: I think curiosity has driven a lot of this project in terms of learning how this process works and wanting to delve into it all so intensely. I had never produced before these tracks and only just started writing last year. Having that curiosity to bring the lyrics and sounds I had in my head to life was a lot of fun.
Kendra: Time for a side note…with the holidays right around the corner, I’d love to know if you could be gifted with tickets to see any artist, living or not, live in concert – who would it be and why?
Erin Webb: I would love to see the Doobie Brothers in concert! Their music has a pop-soul energy that I think is still so modern.
Kendra: Lastly, with ‘waves of emotions’ out now, what are your plans heading into the new year?
Erin Webb: I am already working on jumping into new projects. I’m also starting to set the dates for some shows in the near future.