Emily Kokal

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Emily Kokal
Emily Kokal.jpg
Kokal, performing in April 2013.
Background information
Born (1980-09-30) September 30, 1980 (age 38)
Chico, California, U.S.
  • Musician
  • Guitar
  • vocals
Years active2004–present
Associated acts
Websitewarpaintwarpaint.com emmyko.bandcamp.com

Emily Camille Kokal (born September 30, 1980) is an American musician from Chico, California. She is best known as the singer and guitarist of the indie rock band Warpaint. Kokal is one of the founding members of the band.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Kokal was born in Chico, California. At age 10, she moved to Eugene, Oregon where she met Theresa Wayman, with whom she would later start Warpaint.[3] The two traveled through Europe together in their late teenage years and lived together in New York and Los Angeles.[4] At age 19, Kokal met Jenny Lee Lindberg, another founding member of Warpaint, in LA.[5]


Kokal was the lead singer, guitarist and organist for a project called the Little Two's.[6][7] In 2001, the band self-released their only album, titled World War IV.[8]

Kokal performing with Warpaint in 2017

In February 2004, Warpaint was formed in Los Angeles, with Kokal singing and playing guitar.[9] As of 2017, Kokal and Warpaint have released three albums and an EP.[10] On the forming of the band, Kokal stated in an interview: "I've always felt this about this band, that it felt blessed. It felt that the right paths were crossing at the right times and the stars were aligned".[4]

Kokal has also made guest appearances as a singer, including singing the chorus in the Red Hot Chili Peppers' song "Desecration Smile".[11]

In 2017, Kokal and bandmate Wayman were voted the "Best Alternative Guitarists in the World Right Now" by MusicRadar and Total Guitar readers.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Kokal was previously in a relationship with former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante.[13]


With Warpaint


  1. ^ Martens, Todd (2010-12-10). "The women of Warpaint go for broke". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  2. ^ "Q&A: Warpaint's Emily Kokal - Independent.ie". Independent.ie. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  3. ^ "Warpaint's Emily Kokal revisits her 16-year-old self for our Sweet 16 feature - Loud And Quiet". Loud And Quiet. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  4. ^ a b Barton, Laura (February 12, 2011). "Warpaint: Women on the verge | Music". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
  5. ^ "Interview Emily Kokal of Warpaint". www.rollogrady.com. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  6. ^ "little two's | Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Myspace. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  7. ^ "Little Two's". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  8. ^ "World War IV Album, by Little Two's". Mikah Sykes. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  9. ^ Barlow, Eve (2015-03-07). "Warpaint: prepare for combat". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  10. ^ "Records | Warpaint". warpaintwarpaint.com. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  11. ^ "Stadium Arcadium - Red Hot Chili Peppers". Red Hot Chili Peppers. Retrieved 2017-06-10.
  12. ^ "The 16 Best Alternative Guitarists in the World Right Now". MusicRadar.
  13. ^ "Warpaint: Who's that tomboy over there, who looks like she doesn't care?". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-06-10.