Emily Lazar is a born performer. From her earliest formative years she has spent her life in a state of preparation through dance, modeling, music, and various other forms of performance art. All of this has culminated into the visage of her alter ego, September Mourning. This week we caught up with Emily to learn more about this intriguing project, which mixes heavy metal with dark tales of reaping and Melancholia.
The journey into the darkness that is September Mourning began on a much lighter plain. “I was a ballerina for quite a while”, shares Lazar. “I first stepped on stage when I was like four.”
In fact, Lazar’s life as always been about art from her earliest moments, and she is perhaps the embodiment of a living artist.
“I’m a performance artist and a singer,” she says. “I do computer, I act, I make clothing, design costumes, I paint, I draw–I’m an artist, and I express myself in any sort of medium I can. So my life sort of revolves around my art. It’s been kind of like everything I’ve ever known and I don’t really know how to depart from it. I guess it became such a part of my personality and persona that it just kind of carried itself into my every day living which is really kind of random and weird, but it just kind of happened. So I just think of myself as this working, moving piece of art.”
While most bands create stories through their music, or create concept albums and tell the story through the songs, September Mourning is all together different. Call it avant-garde metal or hard rock in sound, the performer’s music is not central to the art, but rather a means and a layer of the totality of the art as a whole. One might call September Mourning a concept artist, rather than a band.
“It’s a story line that has a musical component to it. An artistic component to it,” offers Lazar. “The story line is what holds it all together. The music is like the icing on the cake. It’s very important of course, but it’s the vehicle to tell the story.”
September Mourning is both character and band, story and storyteller. A concept which resonates with many of our social trends these days which tend to lend themselves to darkness, twisted realities and otherworldly fantasy. “It’s interesting what’s going on in pop culture these days,” says Lazar, “and how we’re viewing death in general. I think with the whole “walking dead” becoming very popular. Afterlife. The whole “Twilight” thing being very popular. There’s been this like resurgence of dark culture into our society and it’s interesting to see this whole thing coming into the mainstream now. And I think that our project and the attention and success we’ve been getting has a lot to do with that.”
You can listen to our full interview below and look for the debut album, Melancholia, available May 18 on Repo Records.