Emily Wells

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Emily Wells
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Emily Wells at the Doug Fir Bar in Portland, Oregon.
Background information
Born November 20, 1981
Amarillo, Texas
Genres Folk, folk rock, folktronica, acoustic
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Violin, piano, glockenspiel, guitar, banjo
Years active 1999–present

Emily Wells (born November 20, 1981) is a violinist whose style "merge[s] ... hip-hop and classical".[1] She also uses many other instruments in her work, including glockenspiels, analog synthesizers, and even toy pianos and other toy instruments. During her live performances she does not use recorded loops, but rather creates her own whilst performing,[2] "using a series of live loops, sample pads and acoustic drums to make rich and haunting neo-gospel with layers of strings and vocal harmonies."[3] Her first violin was a "plastic violin from Michael's."[2]

Biography and Musical Career[edit]

Emily Wells was born in Amarillo, Texas to a French horn teacher.[4] In 1990 she moved with her family to Indianapolis, Indiana, where she lived until she began traveling in 2000.[5] While traveling, she made her "home base" primarily in New York, where she now again resides after an 8-year residence in Los Angeles.[6][7]

She began playing the violin at age 4 and began releasing albums on her own. In 2000, she "took up" with Epic Records but did not actually sign with them.

She has released numerous unofficial releases, starting at age 13 with a cassette tape (producing 100 copies), but her "official" releases are Sleepyhead, Symphonies, Dirty and Mama.

Emily Wells tunes her drums backstage at The Neurolux in Boise, Idaho shortly before her sold-out show at the Treefort Music Fest.

Television and Media[edit]

On September 17, 2009, Wells was interviewed and performed "Symphony 1 in the Barrel of a Gun" on Last Call with Carson Daly.


  • Dirtbike 1/3, Buck 65 (August 2008)
  • "Symphony #3" from Sympanies, Dwight Farrell (AKA Count Bass D)
  • Stoker soundtrack (Two songs on the soundtrack: Track number two called Becomes the Color and the last track on the album called If I Ever Had a Heart)
  • Deltron 3030Event 2 (2013) on the song "My Only Love"


Name Label Year
Midori Sour Self-Released 1999
Shadow Box 2001
Music for Geek Love 2004
Making Static 2005
Beautiful Sleepyhead & the Laughing Yaks Edub Productions 2007
The Symphonies: Dreams Memories & Parties Creative Control Records 2008
Dirty (EP) 2009
Mama Partisan Records 2012
Pillowfight (with Dan The Automator) Bulk Recordings/EMI 2013
Mama (Acoustic Recordings) Partisan Records 2013


  1. ^ Lyons, Stephanie (May 5, 2009). "Interview with Emily Wells". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved May 23, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Violinist's Style As Much Hip-Hop As Haydn". All Things Considered. NPR. November 29, 2008. Retrieved May 23, 2009. 
  3. ^ http://www.boiseweekly.com/Cobweb/archives/2013/03/25/treefort-sunday-re-cap-and-on-the-fourth-day-treefort-finally-rested
  4. ^ "Breaking Out". Spin. June 2009. p. 44. 
  5. ^ "Feature: Emily Wells Interview". Room Thirteen. October 29, 2008. Retrieved May 23, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Emily Wells – AIM Interview". LA Snark. September 17, 2008. Retrieved May 23, 2009. 
  7. ^ "The Evolution of Emily Wells, New York Phase". Tom Tom Magazine. February 3, 2011. Retrieved February 14, 2011. 

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