On her debut single, “Addicted To You,” New York based pop songstress Emily DelBuono is crafting a distinct, mesmerizing persona. Blending simple dance beats with a slick pop delivery, the young singer-songwriter stuns. The song opens with the pulse of a consistent piano rhythm and swollen synth as Emily’s smooth, sultry voice sings intense lines like “All I wanted from us was what you were never gonna give me enough of,” narrating a love story in which she’s addicted to her toxic and unpredictable relationship. Throughout the track, twinkles of electro rhythms float above steady percussion backing up Emily’s breathy, powerhouse vocals. “Addicted To You” is a hot club anthem, heavy with moody melody and layers of catchy dance-pop instrumentation.
Read our exclusive Buzz Artist interview with Emily DelBuono right here:
Buzz Artist: First, can you tell Buzz Artist a little about yourself and your music?
Emily DelBuono: Hey Buzz Artist, My name is Emily DelBuono and I am an independent singer-songwriter from Staten Island, New York. I have been singing since I was very little, playing the piano since I was 13 and writing songs around that same time as well. My musical influence has always been my father and sister, I’ve been surrounded by music my whole life. My music is a blend of pop influences but slow ballads and a little bit of a rock, sassy flare with jazz undertones. I try to write with heart and soul: everything I write, I have gone through.
BA: How has the music scene in Staten Island influenced your work at all?
ED: The music scene in Staten Island has not influenced me at all, honestly. I have been influenced by my father my entire life, his influences, even my mom and what she was listening to. Classic rock, so I was influenced by The Who, U2, Pink Floyd, Cat Stevens, even the Beatles. Now of course they aren’t in my personal writing style but because my parents both loved them, I was constantly around that style. I grew my own style by listening to this around when I was born which was the late 90s, early 2000s. My inspirations were always Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Christina Aguilera, Shakira, or even strong male vocals like Chris Issak who sang “Wicked Game.” So I guess you can say [the Staten Island music scene] hasn’t: I developed my own style on my own and through my family’s help, and through listening to a bunch of eclectic music!
BA: Can you talk about the production process behind your debut single, “Addicted To You”? What is the lyrical premise for the song?
ED: The production process was a lot of fun. I started it a few months prior in my basement studio that I have with my father, just laying a few tracks down. I knew I wanted it to sound amazing and perfect so I brought all 14 originals of mine that are off the album to Fenix Studios and Tony Hanson made “Addicted To You” into a masterpiece! The lyrical premise is very self-explanatory — I had just got out of a very bad brea up which we all can relate to. I wanted to expose the raw feeling of love and how powerful it can truly get. How one can want to keep going back to someone even though they aren’t good for you. Just like a substance, or food, you can be addicted to a person, and that I was. I grew strong in this process and realized I was the only one who held the power to my own life.
BA: What is the songwriting process usually like for you?
ED: The songwriting process is usually like something will come over me, I will have to get an idea down, whether it’s on paper or my piano. It normally starts with me sitting down at my piano and a pen and a notepad right above and I’ll generally have a concept and then I’ll come up with the melody. So usually it’s concept, the melody,then the words. Songwriting is like therapy for me.
BA: What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a young burgeoning pop songstress in the industry today?
ED: I mean there could be a couple of disadvantages, but as long as you are consistent, I don’t see there being one. I guess a lot of competition, but as long as you stay true to who you are as an artist and support one another and always believe in yourself, you can make it anywhere. The advantages would be the attention: all eyes on you. But for me, even if you are new, or old, you still have to work in the industry. You still have to reinvent yourself, always stay humble, and always stay consistent.
BA: Who are your biggest inspirations, both musically and personally?
ED: My biggest inspirations would have to be hands down my father because he made me want to get into songwriting and the piano, and my sister because if it weren’t for her, I wouldn’t have wanted to perform and sing. When we were little, she would sing too. Musically, a big inspiration of mine would have to be Britney Spears. Even though in my music I may not sound like her, I have adored her ever since I was six years old. I was always so inspired by her style and the way she performs — I still am. The reason I got into dancing was because of her, and the reason I sing aside from my father and sister would have to be because of Britney Spears.
BA: What artists have you been listening to lately who you think deserve major recognition?
ED: I think a lot of artists deserve major recognition. I’ve always thought the Goo Goo Dolls and The All-American Rejects deserved more. But Ed Sheeran: I have been loving everything by him and also James Arthur, he’s brilliant. Also a lot underground rappers from England deserve more recognition, like The Lyricsmith or Felcon or Rosh or an R & B Singer named Becca she’s amazing. Or an incredible singer who will give you chills named Julie Gower from Ireland. All amazing unsigned artists. Check them out!
BA: Social media has become a huge advantage for music today. How has the digital age helped your growth as a musician?
ED: The digital age sure has helped my growth in ways I can’t even express. I remember my father telling stories when he was a young boy [about how] he’d play in bands and he’d have to tell everyone to come out to see him, or he’d have to give everyone his tapes. I am so thankful for technology now because it can reach a broader audience. You can go international now much quicker, [so I’m] very thankful and blessed for the opportunities we have now.
BA: What has been your most memorable musical moment so far?
ED: I would have to say now is my most memorable moment. I have been working so hard on my original material. For years I was known as a cover artist and I wanted to break free [of that title]. Some people don’t even know I have written over 300 original songs, so it was time to get my originals out there, and I am so beyond thrilled for the release of “Addicted To You.” I hope everyone can relate to it in some way, shape or form. My career has only begun and I am so thankful: Thank you to Tony Hanson, Fenix Studios, and all the staff who have helped me through this journey. There’s more to come from me, I just know it.
Buzz Artist: Finally, what’s next for Emily DelBuono?
Emily DelBuono: So much more! After “Addicted To You,” look out for a second single and possibly a third one. I have a very stubborn heart and I don’t stop until I reach the top.