I’ve been through a lot in my life- ups, and downs- but all the way through I’ve always believed in hope and I appreciate the little things.
New Zealand songwriter Emme Lentino talks with Jacqueline Jax on Behind the Music about loss and coming through hard times in life. We listen to her new single "Drive all night" from her EP and hear some amazing stories about travels and experiences that forced real growth.
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Band Name: Em-me Lentino
Song name: ‘Drive All Night’
Music Genre: Pop Alternative
I live in... New Zealand
My music creates a nostalgic feeling- I want the listeners to go on a journey down memory lane with me. I’ve been through a lot in my life- ups, and downs- but all the way through I’ve always believed in hope. Those summer days, sun, sea and a great road trip with friends! It’s a super fun song that makes you wanna drive in your car, crank up the radio and sing your heart out!
How do you think this release represents your current direction..: “Drive All Night” fits into my style because it’s fun-loving and a great memory of my life on the road. My earlier music has been about some of the painful things I’ve gone through... I needed to get those out of my system as an artist. I am a happy person and it’s great to share that part of me as well in this song.
I collaborated with producers Dan Antunovich and Michael Herring for this song as well as fellow songwriter Mela Lee. I love the team of musicians I have worked within Los Angeles- so it’s wonderful to create with them again on this new ep!
What most inspires you?
I create music because I can’t imagine life without it! Music is absolutely the way I get through everything in my life. Being able to sing and write is a joy for me. It’s a way to communicate with others all over the globe- this universal language we all can share in music... it is magical. I love being in nature, spending time with friends and family and meeting new people. Life is an adventure! I get inspiration from the people and places I get to experience along the way. My favorite instrument is the piano and it’s been how I have written the majority of my songs. I love the freedom of the keys. The combination of sounds and how every time - I hear something new.
I am learning every day more and more how to navigate in the industry. I have wonderful fellow artists I have connected with, producers and mentors that I have met along this musical journey. I believe it’s a privilege and an honor to do what I love - sing, write and perform and mainly share my heart with others in my music. So my overall feeling is being thankful to do what I love and have folks around the globe listening to what I do! It’s the highest compliment when someone adds one of my songs to the soundtrack of their life.
Jacqueline Jax Music has helped me through so many challenges in my life. Having the music as a creative outlet is very therapeutic but there is also a social side that I love. In my job or just as a performer I find friends with music in common. It's a connector of like minded people. It's almost as if we are friends before we ever met. Music does that and so much more. Thank you for sharing your journey with us.
Slam Dunk I first knew that I wanted to play music when I heard the Beach Boys when I was 4 years old. Thanks for telling that story.
Doozy Axcent I always made music my whole life but I started making music seriously when I was in my early teens. It’s nice to hear someone talk about their story so passionately.
Joe Gallagher Jr. I knew I wanted to play music when I was listening to my uncle and his friends jamming out Grateful Dead tunes when I was 8 yrs old. It left a lasting impression.
Jacqueline Jax I grew up with a musical family. My Mom was always into music and hung out with my Cousin Bill Evans and people like Miles Davis from back in the 60's when they recorded Kind of Blue, the best-selling jazz album of all time. Chet Baker was also part of their crew and Eddie Gómez who became a huge part of his musical family. While I was growing up, my Mom was working in Las Vegas in creating major shows that ran for years as headlines in Hotels like MGM, Ceasars and Tropicana on the Strip. On the other side of my family, my Aunt and Uncle has a radio station network RJ Group composed of broadcasting, entertainment, and music store enterprises 11 total FM and AM radio stations and a TV station RJ FM 100.3, the flagship radio station of the group, plays the greatest and the latest hits from five decades. still #1 across all of the Philippines for 54 years. I definitely grew up in the entertainment business and have been in it ever since. I love it.
Doozy Axcent I always made music my whole life but I started making music seriously when I was in my early teens
Victor Kanmelu my queen when what i felt deep down couldn't be said in words but can only be expressed through music. it releases the stress, the pain coupled with now it brings money to me. thats incredibly greatest.
Thomas Craymer When I was 14 we had an assignment at highschool to each write a simple song using FL Studio.... having been clasically trained on piano since I was 8 or 9, it was an easy task and I wrote several songs that were more complex than my teacher expected.... that's where it started (: around a year later I started teaching myself guitar and bass too
Daniel Gueron Josko 1st instrument, before the piano, was the accordion. 😊. But it was until I was 13/14 that I realized I wanted to produce music more than anything. At the time, we would record songs from the radio hoping that the DJ would not talk over the intros.
Michael Carrasco My brother told me if I wanted to get laid, learn how to play the guitar. I never looked back. 😂
Tim Mackey My parents bought a guitar for my older brother. I used to sneak into his room and play it and got way better than him so I ended up getting the lessons!🤣
Daniel Barry Martin Everybody wants to have a go, Music at primary(kindergarten)school was cool in the 80s with the old keyboards and the hippy teachers were like imagine what sound a snake makes or what does the wind sound like and all the kids would make a load of noise. I think that’s where it started for me, it’s driven by imagination
Robert Hayett I knew very early in life (age 8?), but confirmed it after seeing Bill Blue in person.
Steve Bello When I saw original bands as a teen and thought "I can write better stuff" LOL!
Hesh Meister I was always a musical kid, but I have to say that the I-wanna-rock bug first bit me when I was thirteen.
Salina Regmi I was about 12 or 13 years old when I wrote my 1st song
John Gagne Before I was born on the planet Frankletwam I was a mean musician before I asked to transfer I to a vessel on earth
Karisa Kay 8 years old when I wrote my first song!!
Caroline Miage When I was 9. I tried playing the piano with 1finger.
Aryn Archer Britney Spears Oops... I did I Did It Again, making the video on MTV. That was the moment it hit. Almost 20 years ago.
Lu Cachie When I heard Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin that’s when I knew I had to make music. Good to hear your story.