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Meet Emily Sturm

Today we’d like to introduce you to Emily Sturm.  

Hi Emily, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I began playing music as a child under the influence of my father who is a jazz guitarist. In my teens, I decided I liked the bass guitar best. After seeing my father struggle as a musician, I decided to start my own jewelry business. I continued to play music as a hobby but became disenchanted with politics. I still wrote songs and lyrics. I got burned out on my jewelry business and put it on hold. Then I met Zach and we began playing music together and seriously pursuing Vazum. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Vazum has been a smooth process. Zach and I are able to work together in a way that is productive and fulfilling. General day-to-day life continually poses challenges and struggles which we deal with the best we can. We find solace in our art. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
We have an uncompromising vision. We do what we want the way we want to. We don’t rely on other people to do the work for us. We immerse ourselves in every part of the process – songwriting, performing, recording, producing, shooting music videos, editing music videos, creating album artwork, taking our own photos, posting our social media content, and releasing new music on a regular basis. When people visit our Bandcamp or YouTube page everything they see is done by us. We don’t mimic other artists. We set the stage. We have our own sound. We have our own look. And we are not afraid to promote ourselves. 

Do you have recommendations for books, apps, blogs, etc.?
I’m inspired by media about the occult, hauntings, and legends. HP Lovecraft and Edgar Allen Poe are huge influences, in addition to sci-fi horror movies such as The Thing. Lately, I’ve been listening to a podcast called Let’s Not Meet, which is about people who nearly escape horrible situations. 

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