At a time when originality in the music industry feels like it has hit an all-time low, Uno Prism is smashing the mould into smithereens, starting with new single “Into Place”. Uno Prism is Emma Welsby, a classically-trained Scottish musician now settled in Manchester. All this is set to change with Uno Prism’s ravishingly stylish nu-jazz-inflected electronica, combining Emma’s vibes expertise with bone-rattling bass rhythms, sweeping cinematic strings, gossamer-like vocals and electronic thrums. we caught up with Emma to find out about the process behind her songwriting.
What is the meaning behind your pseudonym ‘Uno Prism’?
It’s called Uno Prism because I am one person with this music in my head, and I need other musicians with skills to direct to make my vision in my head, a reality.
What’s the narrative of your song, ‘Into Place’?
‘Into Place’ that I’m releasing is about being in a relationship with someone who you think can give you everything you need, you try, you think you’ve got something awesome, but it keeps breaking.
What was your inspiration to create music?
I had a broken heart back in Jan 2016, I wrote some tracks to get me through the end of the winter to fill that empty ‘void’ you get when you are newly single but right before I was left by my partner and wrote this music, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a lifelong condition with no cure. Music is my escape, a perfect place for escapism from the stresses and strains of everyday life not only for me, but for others too.
What is one of your achievements that you are proud of?
I made it to the finals of BBC Fame Academy bursary grant awards years ago to be in line to win £32,000. I got through 20,000 applicants into the last 20, and then took a trip to fame academy house in London to film the final that was aired on either BBC 1 or 2, I can’t remember.
Words: Alice Webb
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