Emilie Autumn is a solo "gothic" musician, playing in the self-proclaimed "Victoriandustrial" styel - a genre that blends together gothic industrial beats and synths with baroque violins and harpsichord. She is known best for her dramatics not only in song, but on stage, where she is accompanied by four other women who participate in live burlesuqe dancing, stilt-walking, swallowing fire, spitting "tea" (tasted like whiskey to me) on the audience... and making out with them. Her fan base is quite fanatic, and fans are called "muffins", "plague rats", or, accumatively, "The Asylum Army".
Autumn has worked with Courtney Love and Billy Corgan before finally releasing her own solo music. Her first album, "Enchant", is almost completely different from her current style. She calls the music from "Enchant" as "Fantasy Rock", which has a softer sound, blending jazz and celtic elements. Autumn suffers from bipolar disorder and seemingly, a very traumatic childhood (Autumn has never discussed what happened to her as a child; however, she had said that she's been raped various times throughout her life and has been diagnosed with PTSD). After being institutionalized for a suicide attempt, Autumn found herself leaving more traumatized than she had arrived. She has since written the album "Opheliac", on which is on the final tour for. She has also released a giant, illustrated book called "The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls", which is half her doccumentation of the experience and daily life, and half historical fiction.
Autumn is a strong advocator for awareness to the flaws in the way mentally ill are treated and labeled in current society, pointing out not much has changed in 200 years (hence her draw to the era of Victorian England). She also is vegan, and feels strongly about animal rights, especially those of rats. She has supported PETA for years and recently was interviewed by them.
I am obsessed with Emilie Autumn. I love how brutally honest her music is - not to mention dramatic and fiercely feminine. I am a bit cynical of many fans, who sometimes have the "brainless droid" symptom I sometimes see with Tarja fans.
But if you get the chance, see her live. She definitely puts on a great show, with lots of audience interaction. The stage is all hand-made, and GORGEOUS. Plus, Veronica Varlow might kiss you. She kissed me.
Here's a little bit of her music (click on song titles for YouTube links):
1.) Shallot (my personal favorite)
4.) I Know Where You Sleep
5.) The Art of Suicide
Also, there is Rose Red and Juliet from the "Enchant" album.
Click here for a little taste of live Emilie Autumn.