Discover Benelux | Cover Interview | Emma Bale
and Michael Jackson. Today she cites British stars Florence Welch and Dua Lipa as two of her biggest idols. “They’re very strong individuals and I just think that they make awesome music.” Would she be interested in a collaboration? “That would be a wonderful experience. I think that I would learn so much from them.” That is not to say Bale is not equally inspired by her home country. “I think you should be proud of where you come from. The music industry here has a lot of potential and cool people. I’m actually quite happy with my roots,” she grins.
Record breaking The proudest moment of Bale’s career so far had to be when she was named Best Solo Female at the Flemish MIAs, making her the youngest MIA winner in history. “I always watched the MIAs on TV and it was just crazy that I could sing there, that I could meet all my idols and stuff. It was even crazier when I won the award,” she 58 | Issue 47 | November 2017
recalls. “It marked that I’m doing well. It’s been good for me and my self-esteem. It really was something that I will never forget – incredible!” Having performed across Europe as well as selling out shows at some of Belgium’s most iconic music venues, Bale admits she still gets very superstitious before a show. “I have certain rings and bracelets that I need to wear. Otherwise I think that it will bring bad luck,” she laughs. “In the beginning I always had a scented candle but that was quite dangerous. I used to perform for like a quarter of an hour or just half an hour, but now that I need to perform a full hour it’s dangerous for the candle to be burning in my dressing room. I don’t do that anymore – everything would be burnt!” Superstitions aside, Bale always allows time to warm up her voice before a show and gives herself some alone time in order
to mentally prepare. “I always need half an hour for myself so that I can relax and stretch. I check my make up, I check my songs. I really need it otherwise I’m too stressed. Everything needs to be very scheduled because I don’t want to get panic attacks!”
The road to international success A big fan of life on the road, Bale envisages a future involving plenty of tours and international festival appearances. “If I could live my dream life then I see myself performing in different countries doing festivals like Lollapalooza, spending time with my band. I would love to do that all the time,” she smiles. International success seems inevitable for the prodigious Bale, who has already achieved so much so young. “It’s a dream,” she grins. “At the beginning I was very realistic and I thought it was already hard to become a singer in Belgium. But once you achieve one thing, you always want more…”
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