No Emis is a genre-fluid musical project that started over 30 years ago, combining a classical music background with the synth sounds from pop, industrial and synthwave.
I grew up playing classical piano and was introduced to synthesizers when my parents brought home a Casio CZ-101.
A few years later I had access to a Roland D10 attached to an Atari ST 1040 through the school. With this, I wrote and recorded a mini album titled ‘Songs from the border’ between 1989 – 1991. I adopted the band-name “No Emis” as a play on my name and have retained this name for my current work.
After going to university I didn’t continue doing any music whatsoever and despite a few attempts over the years never quite got around to doing anything!
In 2018 I discovered a number of synthesizer apps on the iPad which resulted in me getting back into writing and recording music again.
After re-creating the tracks I wrote in the 1990s (still available on my bandcamp page) I set out to compose some brand new material. These have been released to all the major streaming services and details are given below.
Written predominantly during the summer of 2020 ‘Asymmetry’ is a collection of original tracks inspired by my Chemistry studies at university. The final track on the album actually dates back to 1991 and was included in the original recording of the ‘Songs from the Border’ EP.
Beyond the light
Recorded during the winter 2020/21 ‘Beyond the light’ is a sonic world of synthwave, classical notes and cinematic experience.
The Fall & Rise of Reginald Fox
A summer 2021 EP creating an electro-classical fantasy piece voiced using the SWAM ‘Cello instrument.
The Digital Delusion
Coming soon – 1st October 2021. Much more industrial sounding than ‘Beyond the light’, ‘The Digital Delusion’ is inspired by the distortion and manipulation of reality through digital media.
Interview by Jade Starr
If you want to find out about my musical life, I was interviewed on Jade Starr’s “How to App on iOS” show. You can find that interview here: