Interview – Emollient


Indie Midlands: Can you tell us about yourself and who Emollient is?

Emollient: The man behind Emollient is Alexander Orest. An artist, composer and producer from Sweden.

Indie Midlands: Where are you from and what’s your background?

Emollient: Kungsbacka, just a bit south of Gothenburg. Grew up in a foster home in Mullsjö, a bit outside Jönköping. Now married and have a son.

Indie Midlands: How did you get into music and what was your first performance?

Emollient: At the age of three I was placed in a foster home and started to play the piano with my foster mom. That, and the love from my new family really healed some wounds. From that moment music became a lifestyle, something much deeper than just enjoying music. 

At the age of 7 I composed my first song and at the age of 11 I composed a song for my foster dad’s 50th birthday. I performed it in front of 100 people at his birthday party. That was my first performance.

Indie Midlands: What’s the story behind ‘Back to Life’?

Emollient: This song came alive during a time when I was feeling down and a bit depressed. It was a way for me to try to move forward and leave some baggage behind. It’s like an anthem to me now, if I had a bad day this song lifts my spirit. Also, my 1.5 year old son loves this song. He’s really my biggest fan 🙂

Indie Midlands: Is it similar or does it differ from your previous releases?

Emollient: Well, the sound is somewhat similar to other songs I’ve done in the past, but I’m always trying my best not to repeat myself too much.

Indie Midlands: How do you hope audiences will receive the track?

Emollient: As it lifts my spirit when I’m feeling down, having a bad day or having a great day I hope others can relate and feel the same!

Indie Midlands: Where do you hope your music will be in 5 years time?

Emollient: I’ve released a lot of songs with Emollient and also been performing on stage a lot. Maybe even do it full time.

Indie Midlands: What local artists would you recommend us to give a listen to?

Emollient: Actually I don’t really listen to any local artists but I would recommend three Swedish bands.

The Ark

The Motorhomes (they quit years ago but I still love their music)


Nat Greener