Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, Emily Ronna spent the first decade of her musical journey convinced she was going to front a punk band. Soon after realizing the marriage of a band didn’t suit her, she fled the “altar” for a stab at a solo career in Nashville. Launching the project in the beginning of 2021, Ronna utilized the first four singles as a way of discussing the intersection between her mental health and sexuality. Now, with new single “Scroll,” Ronna rounds out her feelings in a fully packaged EP, uncoincidentally coined “Sex & Depression (S.A.D.)”. “Scroll,” another cleverly coined title, details the hateful/obsessive relationship most people face with social media. Though the phenomenon is common, the level of slightly-too-honest wit is something that can only be found on a Ronna original: “If I post a nip-slip, will I get more engagement?” As Ronna has also discovered, the unfortunate answer is yes. S.A.D. is available everywhere December 3rd. Check her out on Spotify here!
What artist would be your dream collaboration?
Nothing, Nowhere. Bring me the emo collab of the century!
What song are you most proud of and why?
I’m most proud of “Someone Else.” It was my first release and it’s also super personal. I wrote it with Anna Kline two years ago about this allegory I had for my mental health, like there was someone else living in my brain who wasn’t me and making me miserable. A month after that I played it at someone’s house party and almost cried, which has never happened before. After that I thought, “fuck, this song is gonna have to come out isn’t it?” It’s because of that song this EP even exists. It jump started my whole artist project.
What is your star sign, and do you feel like it represents your artistic style? Why or why not?
I’m a Gemini, so definitely haha. I feel like my artistic persona, particularly the “Sex & Depression” EP, deals with two very conflicting sides of myself: the outrageous, batshit, and raunchy side, and the terribly anxious and emotional one.
What is your go-to gas station order?
Honestly I just use the bathroom and leave.
What are some of your non-musical influences, like books or movies?
I’m a sucker for psychology, I’m really inspired by brains and all the weird things that happen and shape them into what they are. I’m mainly in therapy just because I love to analyze my own brain and the stupid patterns it’s locked into.
What’s a lyric from one of your songs that is especially meaningful to you? Tell us a bit about it!
This is definitely not meaningful, but I am the most PROUD of “have a three-way with me and my depression, give you an erection” from my song “3 Way.” Name someone else who has made those two words rhyme and I’ll wait.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would tell my younger self to not be so hard on themselves. I’ve dealt with intense anxiety almost my whole life, which has caused me to doubt myself a lot and worry about the future. I’d like to tell myself it’s all going to be fine, to drop the timeline they’ve had in their head for the way things are supposed to go, and to ferociously love themselves, ESPECIALLY when they don’t want to. They’ll end up where they’re supposed to be.
What are your goals for the year, and what can we expect to see from you in the future?
I’m going to pretend this question is for 2022 since barf, we’re halfway through November as I’m doing this interview. I’m finishing up recording EP number two right now, so the top of the year will be dedicated to rolling out those five new songs. I’m also continuously writing and meeting people I’m excited about collaborating with, so hopefully a lot of cool music, whether I’m the artist on it or not, is gonna come out next year through those relationships. I’m also hoping to play more shows, if the pandemic allows it. I have big plans for how I want my live setup to be so I’m super excited to build that team and just GO.