State of Delirium
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State of Delirium

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"Interview With Artist, Musician, Designer Emma Red aka “Red Said Circus”"

ailing from Sydney, Australia, Emma Red, or perhaps better known as Red Said Circus, moved to New York to pursue her artistic passions. I recently met up with her at Izzy Gold’s studio and I was struck by her passion, talent and sincerity. Emma is a true artist with quite a moving story. If Courtney Love was a little more sober, that’d be sort of like her. By moving to NYC on her own, Emma took a risk and found herself in situations where she had no choice but to find out who she was and deal with it. No easy feat, indeed. Many people walk through life without a care and without trying to discover their inner strengths and even weaknesses, but part of Emma’s journey has been learning who she is and channeling it through creative and expressive endeavors. Whether it’s songwriting, designing clothes, or making something out of nothing, she has a natural drive that inspires her art.

How did you embark on your career in music?
I started music when I was in drama school in Australia. I really hated drama school because I felt like everyone was telling me who to be and what to do. So, I picked up a guitar one day and spent the year teaching myself how to play. Then, I dropped out of drama school and decided to pursue music and other forms of artistic expression.

How did you end up in NYC?
I worked four jobs in Australia and eventually I moved to NYC. I met Izzy Gold a year after I moved in August 2007 and we started working together. That’s when i started to figure myself out as a musician. We started writing songs at that point, and over the past year, it became what we have now, which is the album - Weapon of Mass Destruction.

If you had to, how would you define your music?
I would say that it’s new music. I listen to a lot of stuff from the 80’s, like rock and metal as well as 90’s electronic. I’ve always been influenced by and into that type of music. I couldn’t exactly pick what it sounds like.

I understand you write your own lyrics. What inspires your lyrics? Explain how the process works for you, please.
I write when I feel really strongly about something. Either something I’ve thought about, read or experienced and it has resonated with me. For example, I feel strongly about violence against women. So, when I’m reading about it or come across it, I feel compelled to write. Also, I write about entitlement, superficial people, injustice and racism - I’d never experienced [racism] until I moved here. Some of my lyrics are inspired from when I’m in a mood. I’m spontaneous, explosive and i like to constantly be active. I’ve experienced in the last year that I felt like I was novelty character rather than a person. I’ve never felt that way before so it struck a chord with me. At the moment, my thematic chord is injustice.

What was the inspiration for your album - Weapons of Mass Destruction?
Basically, it’s been a process of owning myself and finding who I am. It’s been about not getting upset about people not accepting who i was; people wanting to know me more than my exterior; and people owning up to who they are. It’s nice when you get a little bit of clarity.

What are you doing when you’re not making or writing music?
I’m a bit of a contradiction of a person. I’m really laid back and calm, but I’m also very emotional. Sometimes I don’t know where to channel that emotion so that’s why it’s good to be an artist, musician and fashion designer - otherwise i wouldn’t know how to cope. I constantly need to do something creative. I paint around my house. I write a lot of poetry. I make and build stuff. For example, I built a bed-head out of peacock feathers.

Who are some artists that you’re inspired and influenced by?
I’m influenced by Tim Burton, Sioux Sie (she’s an 80s rock queen), Marilyn Manson, who i think is a genius, Ozzy Osbourne, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, Courtney Love, and Peaches

You have a fashion line that is also called Red Said Circus. How would you describe it? And what’s the most interesting or special piece that you’ve designed?
It is an eccentric couture style. I like femininity with a masculine sort of edge. Also, I like feathers because I enjoy thinking about flying. I recently did designs with Victorian skirts that were made out of lace, wax and paint. They had black ravens and a massive train. As for my most special design, I attached a raven to a dishwashing glove that I painted. When I made this dress, the raven was protecting the woman but one had bit her hand in her imagination. I’m holding onto something to protect myself - it’s a bit symbolic. There is a definitely a dark side to my designs.

What have you been up to recently?
I had my first gig in NYC on Oct 8th at the Annex. I was really excited about it and I was also really nervous but it turned out great so I’m ready to go on to the next one. I also opened for George Clinton at CMJ, where I sang and debuted my fashion line. Most recently, I performed during the Halloween Parade on a float with the members of the Blue Oyster Cult, bass player Alice Cooper and Izzy Gold. It was the best experience of my life - there were 2 million people. It was incredible to perform with such legends. It was surreal. I couldn’t believe that it happened. My mom got to be there and walk beside the float.

With her introspective yet fiery and strong spirit, she’s ahead of the game and making her mark as a lifestyle artist. Red Said Circus doesn’t want to be and won’t be judged for her eccentricity - sounds like the move to the Big Apple was the right choice. Check out her music - regardless of your musical preference, no doubt she’s real, especially her lyrics, which I feel just about anyone can appreciate. - Guest of a Guest


Emma. Red. EP
This Is Your Captain Speaking
Weapon of Mass Destruction



Emma Red. A Pirate who sailed from Oz and landed in the apple. Driven by music, the need to express the thoughts that will never pass through another’s lips, lust, love, nightmares and Christmas. Inspired by ballerina grace against a heavy metal backdrop, powerful androgyny and losing my mind – but having the sanity to tie an anchor around my ankle first. Believing that there is no need for lists, that waiting in lines is a waste of time, that colour is simply a reflection of light and that any messiness is ultimately pretty.

Hailing from Sydney, 25 year old Emma Red first fell in to the musical world after relocating to Perth to pursue an acting career at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Artists. “Being surrounded by other young artists inspired the musician in me and I quickly became consumed by the passion and the power I found in music.”

Eager to take her creativity internationally, Emma relocated to New York in 2006 where she joined forces with producer Chris Young who has previously worked with Korn, the Ravonettes, The Crystal Method, Wu Tang Clan, George Clinton and Ashlee Simpson.

Sighting Tim Burton, Siouxsie, Marilyn Manson, NIN, No Doubt, Iggy Pop, Tori Amos, and Garbage as her major influences, Emma describes her music as avant-rock “a colourful fusion of experimental rock, electronic melodies and an eccentric mind.”

Emma recorded her first album This is Your Captain Speaking in the fall of 2006. The Jersey Journal described the tracks as “a refreshing mix of Annie Lennox and the Ravonettes.” After exploring the local music scene Emma began performing at local New York hot spots with highlights including opening for rising New York Rapper Bazaar Royale.

After completing her second album, Weapon of Mass Destruction, in September 2008 Emma headlined her first show in New York City at the Annex. Following this performance Emma went on to open for George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic as part of the CMJ Music Festival, which took place at B B Kings in Time Square. With a heightened confidence and growing local fan base Emma seized the opportunity to sing alongside musical legend Dennis Dunaway of Alice Cooper fame and members of Blue Oyster Cult “having the chance to perform in front of 2 million people, side-by-side with artists who define ‘rock’ was incredible. It was definitely a pinch yourself moment,” Emma said.

As a multifaceted talent Emma’s creativity is not limited to music and she continues to expand her fashion label ‘State of Delirium’. “Treading into the fashion world was a natural progression for me. My music comes from a character within and I project that character through my designs.” Emma said

Described by Emma as “eccentric couture, femininity with a masculine edge” her designs made their runway debut at New York University’s annual charity fashion gala in April 2008. The offbeat and unconventional pieces are already developing a celebrity fan-base with Amuka wearing the fashion label’s trademark tutu when she opened for the Pussycat Dolls at Beatstock 2008.

Emma is ready to take on the music and fashion world. With her introspective yet fiery and strong spirit, she’s ahead of the game and making her mark as a lifestyle artist. “Regardless of your musical preference, no doubt she’s real, especially her lyrics, which I feel just about anyone can appreciate.” Stephanie Wei, Writer, Guest of a Guest.