Emily Makis

Award: MOBO Help Musicians Fund

Year: 2019

Genre: Electronic

Instrument/voice type: Producer

Location: East

Website: instagram.com/emily.makis.music

Self-confessed studio gremlin, Emily Makis, produces electronic music within the realms of pop, hip-hop and soul. Mixing genres and blending vocal effects, she deviates from the norm, taking influence from her Eastern Med background and an eclectic mix of artists including NAO and Kučka.
Emily has racked up tracks as featured artist, with releases on Ultra, PAVILIONN and Shogun Audio. Her most recent release with Monrroe, ‘Never Too Old’, has amassed support from BBC Radio 1’s Rene La Vice and Liquicity. Her vocals were described as ‘heavenly and emotive’ in a publication of DJ Mag in 2018, with BBC Radio 1 and 1XTRA producer, Kate Horner, expressing ‘I can’t get enough of those gorgeous harmonies! ...I love the mix of gritty and sweet’ in a submission review.
In 2018, Emily conducted a national tour, visiting five counties, and performing with neo-soul collective, Cookfather, BBC Introducing, Bath Festival and more. In the summer of 2018, Emily was fast-tracked to the ‘Future Sound of Nottingham’ competition on the iconic ‘Rock City’ main-stage.
A finalist in the 2017 UK Song-writing competition and passionate self-producer, Emily is set on encouraging young creatives to take control of the music making process. She was selected as a production practitioner on the ‘Circle of Light’ initiative, funded by Youth Music and the National Lottery. The album featured on BBC Radio Nottingham and was documented by BBC’s ‘Inside Out’. Emily has been involved in a number of empowering organisations, including BBC Radio Nottingham’s ‘Music as Medicine’ and performance at the book launch for ‘Generation W’, a work highlighting women’s challenges in male dominated industries.
Emily became a part of the development label, ‘First Light Recordings’, in 2018, led by Nottingham muso and top 10 RnB iTunes album winning artist Nina Smith. Through First Light, Emily has composed as musical director for theatre and performed at The Nottingham Contemporary and Rescue Rooms.