Empress Of Fired Up The JamRoom for GOOGLE PLAY MUSIC x MILK
Last night, the Milk JamRoom got intimate for the kickoff to Milk and Google Play Music’s new emerging artist series. DJ KisseyBangBang started the night off with a bass heavy set that was fit for a sweaty Williamsburg house party. As bodies swayed and more than a few drinks spilled over, the atmosphere electrified before the show even began. When New York-based singer and songwriter Empress Of took the stage, the crowd was ready to jam—and she didn’t disappoint. She whipped her hair around and lit up the stage with a fiery performance that threw us back to the basement shows that used to dominate New York’s music scene. As she powered through her set list, even Mukunda Angulo broke free of his Wolfpack to groove to her sounds.
For Empress Of, the gritty allure of the basement stage was a return to her roots. “I liked performing in a basement because I used to play guitar in basement rock bands,” she explained. “It’s kind of like a #TBT.” In a stark contrast from the baby bottles and stoves that punctuated last month’s 2 Chainz performance, the packed crowd that assembled in the JamRoom focused on the dreamy sounds coming from the stage. As she moved between her keyboard and the crowd, the Latin and jazz influence that flows through her music elevated her trancelike vocals. The introspective electro-pop she’s been perfecting on hits like “How Do You Do It” and her new song “Woman is a Word” gave the set an intimacy that paired perfectly with the room’s glowing neon signs and chili pepper string lights.
When we spotted the singer’s free-flowing hair weaving through the crowd after her set, we caught up before she dipped to find out how her debut as the first Google Play Music x Milk artist went. “It’s cool! It was so fun to perform here,” she exclaimed over the beats that DJ KisseyBangBang was spinning. With the show over and her intoxicating music set to be on repeat for weeks as we walk the streets, we only had one question left to ask. How was the singer going to relax after her big day of performing and shooting? “I’m going to go to sleep,” she said with a laugh. “No drinking for Empress Of.” As she slipped out of the crowd and headed to bed, the crowd raged, celebrating the first of many young artists who will be bringing their talents to this new program.
Check out more of Empress Of’s fiery vocals on Google Play Music.
Images shot exclusively for Milk by Andrew Boyle.
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