Kristina Emmott, also known under the stage name “willolux,” is a Canadian singer/songwriter whose musical style blends classic 70’s folk with infectious modern dream pop. Her introspective, whimsical songs recall the work of songstresses such as Neko Case, Ingrid Michaelson, and Regina Spektor.
Emmott’s love of songwriting blossomed early on – she recalls wandering through the playground at age 8, humming melodies and constantly daydreaming about songs.
In her youth, she discovered the music of punk rock legends The Ramones, Sex Pistols, and the Clash, and, fuelled by their energy and unapologetic lyrics, found the courage and gusto to begin playing guitar and dive deep into unabashedly honest songwriting. It was around this time she would also spend nearly every waking minute discovering new-to-her music by artists such as Joni Mitchell, Elliott Smith, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan – who have all had an indelible influence on her writing.
A few years later, she found herself firmly planted as a member of the East Van songwriting community, where she conducted songwriting groups and other events to honour the craft. Throughout the years, Emmott spent time busking in Paris, Barcelona, and Melbourne, where she continued to hone her songwriting and performance skills.
Upon returning to Vancouver from Melbourne in 2015, she released a 5 song EP entitled This Fire, It Only Grows, produced by Winston Hauschild (Wanting, Hey Ocean), which featured a mix of musical styles to complement her folk roots, such as reggae, country, and pop. In January 2016, she began writing and recording new material under the moniker, “willolux” – this time more heavily influenced by golden-era 70’s folk music as well as modern dream pop.
Her debut album as Willolux, produced by Jon Anderson (Andy Shauf, Aidan Knight, Twin Bandit), is a full-length album entitled Thread & Tape, released on June 23rd, 2017. It is a collection of wistful songs, at once fragile and bold, which bravely lays bare questions of self-love, healing, and mental health. Thread & Tape can be found on all streaming services as well as iTunes.