|Born||November 20, 1981
|Genres||Folk, folk rock, folktronica, acoustic|
|Instruments||Violin, piano, glockenspiel, guitar, banjo, synthesizer|
Emily Wells (born November 20, 1981) is a violinist whose style "merge[s] ... hip-hop and classical". 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, "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." Her first violin was a "plastic violin from Michael's."
Biography and Musical Career
Emily Wells was born in Amarillo, Texas to a French horn teacher. In 1990 she moved with her family to Indianapolis, Indiana, where she lived until she began traveling in 2000. While traveling, she made her "home base" primarily in New York, where she resided after an 8-year residence in Los Angeles; she currently resides in Los Angeles.
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.
Media, Seminars & Performances
On September 17, 2009, Wells was interviewed and performed "Symphony 1 in the Barrel of a Gun" on Last Call with Carson Daly.
On March 27, 2015, Wells gave a well-received keynote at Hackfort2 at the fourth annual Treefort Music Fest in Boise, Idaho wherein she presented her methods of composition at the intersection of art and technology and the growth of her sensibility as a musician. She included amongst her influences the music theorist John Cage, whom she paraphrased ('"Music is a purposeless play meant simply to wake us up to the life we're living...'"), the minimalist composer Philip Glass, and the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. Performing with a reduced kit sans drums, she played earlier and later versions of her song "So, Sunday."   As a headliner on the main stage on the final day of the Treefort, Wells was regarded as "undoubtedly a highlight of the festival" for her "intensely meticulous and emotional performance."  She had also participated in the festival's Yogafort. 
- 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 3030 – Event 2 (2013) on the song "My Only Love"
|Music for Geek Love||2004|
|Beautiful Sleepyhead & the Laughing Yaks||Edub Productions||2007|
|The Symphonies: Dreams Memories & Parties||Creative Control Records||2008|
|Pillowfight (with Dan The Automator)||Bulk Recordings/EMI||2013|
|Mama (Acoustic Recordings)||Partisan Records||2013|
- Lyons, Stephanie (May 5, 2009). "Interview with Emily Wells". AfterEllen.com. Retrieved May 23, 2009.
- "Violinist's Style As Much Hip-Hop As Haydn". All Things Considered. NPR. November 29, 2008. Retrieved May 23, 2009.
- "Breaking Out". Spin. June 2009. p. 44.
- "Feature: Emily Wells Interview". Room Thirteen. October 29, 2008. Retrieved May 23, 2009.
- "Emily Wells – AIM Interview". LA Snark. September 17, 2008. Retrieved May 23, 2009.
- "The Evolution of Emily Wells, New York Phase". Tom Tom Magazine. February 3, 2011. Retrieved February 14, 2011.
- Emily Wells keynote at Treefort.
- Emily Wells at Treefort 2015 and Hackfort2