By the age of 10 Emil had started to entertain dreams that must have seemed incomprehensible to the vast majority of the Hamlet’s inhabitants: he saw himself on stage, performing. Going further against the grain in his small, sports-mad hometown, Emil was the only white singer in a traditional black choir, singing along in Avambo and Damera and “loving” working alongside different races and cultures.
‘It’s altered my world view,’ he admits ‘Learning about another culture first hand is very inspiring; sometimes I’d write songs about it.’ He also plays piano, was a member of a dance troupe and an able acrobatic tumbler, but was always frustrated with the understandably limited opportunities presented to him at home.
In 2004, real opportunities came knocking, and Emil answered the call. He moved Cape Town and attended Durbanville High School, and won several medals at the South African Performing Arts Championships including the International Title ‘School Prince of Performing Arts of the World’ contest in Odessa, Ukraine.
In 2006 Emil also became the lead singer in an Afrikaans rock band called GRASSNVER, who went on to win MK89’s Rockspider Competition with the hit song N23 that stayed No.1 for 5 weeks and in the same year entered KYK-NET’s AFRIKAANS IDOLS as one of the youngest contestants, and came in the top 16 out of over 9000 entrants. The public thought more highly of his skills than the judges, voting him into the top 12.
After completing his studies at the School Of Performing Arts (CT) in Musical Theatre, Drama , Dance and TV presenting Emil move to Johannesburg in 2011 where he entered the Huisgenoot Song writing Competition where he won 2 Tempo Awards for Best Song & Voters Choice (1001 Soenne – Heinz Winkler & Dis Wat Ons Harte Wil He – Romanz). Since the competition Emil has signed a publishing deal with Coleske Publishing and has written over a hundred original songs, ranging from country to pop to rock.
Emil is also involved in Die Melkkos Produksies where he has co-produced music videos for artists like Sarah Theron’s “Storm in a D-Cup” and Skil die Tammaties” NRG – “My Vryheid” and Romanz.