Emily Haines knows what it takes to find yourself. As one of the most famous yet grounded musicians, the 29-year-old has been on a rollercoaster of highs and lows. In a short film on her writing retreat in Bueno Aires, she talks about how, at one point, her life sucked. “I was very unhappy with that place, so I felt like the music I was going to write, which would dictate the next chapter of my life, needed to be based in simplicity and just be very genuine.”
The indie rock singer was born in New Delhi, India and raised in Cache Bay, Canada. She started dating guitarist Jimmy Shaw and the 2 of them formed the band, Metric. Named after a synthesizer beat on Jimmy’s sampler, it also reflected the band’s musical precision. Since 1990, Emily has been the lead vocals on 5 studio albums, and has contributed vocals to other bands such as Broken Social Scene, Stars and K-OS.
On her writing retreat, Emily came out with a solo project called Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton. In 2006 she released the album, Knives Don’t Have Your Back, which was a much mellower version of the front-woman’s usual rock and roll sound. Emily also brought the single, Help I’m Alive, back to her band, ready to rock out and get back to her fans.
“The songs I wrote were were the simplest and clearest I’ve ever done in my life,” she says about her solo album. “I do want what I’ve found, which is the connection between film and music, and visuals and music and the audience and the band. That’s a good life. I can do that.”