TIDAL Rising Artist of the Week: gobbinjr
With TIDAL Rising we’re constantly showcasing new music from our favorite up-and-coming artists across all genres, and each week we pick one artist in particular to shine our spotlight on. Meet this week’s TIDAL Rising Artist of the Week: gobbinjr.
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Gobbinjr — aka Emma Witmer — is the new reigning queen of “mean pop,” in that if you get on her bad side, you might just end up the subject of an insanely catchy song.
Witmer, an NYU dropout from Wisconsin, released her EP Vom Night last year and is currently in the midst of finishing up her next LP. Having, as we said, attended NYU for a while (studying music production) gobbinjr writes, records and mixes all of her own music, doing the bulk of the work in her Williamsburg apartment. Vom Night came out via Brooklyn label JMC Aggregate, and features a custom comic by California artist Sophia Foster-Dimino.
A Madison, Wisconsin, native, Witmer has only been in New York for a few years, but the musician/producer has firmly ensconced herself in the local scene, interning at local DIY institution Shea Stadium (RIP), playing at pretty much any and every venue with a stage, and earning praise from the likes of NPR, The Fader and Stereogum.
As one might expect from someone who named herself after her bong (“gobbin” is its name, her musical project its offspring), Witmer makes music that’s thoroughly tongue-in-cheek…yet surprisingly kind of sweet. “No one wants to love someone who’s never been loved before,” she sings on the EP’s title track, and on “Perfect,” she lilts, “I just want to be perfect/Anything less is shameful.” It’s this brand of humor-laced relatablity that apparently impels fans to come up to her after shows and ask if they can stroke her nose — or otherwise invade her personal space. (NB: Do not do this.)
Over the course of this week, keep it right here for more on Witmer, as well as a playlist featuring some of her favorite tracks.
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