Dack Emerson is an LA based songwriter and recording artist.
Latest News: My current single, “Rescue You” sounds a little like a throwback to an ’80’s Heartland Rock type song, not unlike some of what is coming out of Music Row right now. It’s just a first in a series of songs to be released this Summer (2020) with some videos as well.
Dack, thank you for joining us today at VQS. Take us back in time to how you first fell in love with music.
My exposure to music started very young with my parents being avid fans of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, to name a few (my Mother even liked Madonna) so that coupled with my older brother having Top 40 radio blasting through the house 24/7, I had heard and seen, (MTV too) quite a variety of music before actually buying my first 45. I gravitated to most anything from Dance-Pop to Country-Rock. Though the one common thread thru all the genres was that captivating hook that not only had me singing along in the first 60 seconds but, would be as memorable years later as a fond reminder of my past experiences and good times. Which leads us to the song-writing process for me as well…it’s that catchy melodic part of a song that comes to me first, sometimes with a catchphrase, sometimes not but, lyrics usually then filter-in to give it a bit of a story. I’d be up for trying different techniques as well in bringing new song concepts to life because there’s nothing like that natural high that comes when the creative juices get flowing!

What 3 core values do you believe are necessary for success?
1.) Do what you love doing even if you weren’t get paid for it! …the pay will come, the passion should always be the fuel.
2.) Have admiration and get inspiration from your “heroes” and their successes, however, do not compare yourself…we all have our own individual stories, styles and talents unique to us.
3.) Stay focused on your vision, find co-creators with a similar vision and be appreciative, be kind, and have fun!
Who have been some of your favorite people/projects to work with?
I did my first recordings with David Diamond of the group Berlin who was a fantastic producer…very inspirational, a great talent and taught me about the music business as well. I also worked with Marty Rifkin who specialized in all types of string instruments including steel guitar for that Nashville sound he did so well. Most recently I have thoroughly enjoyed my sessions with Philip Garcia, a very gifted producer/engineer who not only brings a lot of talent and insight to the music itself but, also is great at lifting the spirits and making the recording process very enjoyable.
What future opportunities would you like to be involved with?
Aside from the thrill of creating and recording new music which is quite rewarding in of itself, I’d truly enjoy co-creating and/or collaborating with other artist as well. Plus, I’ve got to mention the adrenaline that comes from being on tour…getting to play live and meeting the fans! What a great way to see the rest of the US and the world, who could ask for more than that? Oh yeah, and maybe a number “1” song too. (smile)

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