Emily V (born Emily Kilimnik) is an American rock n’ roll violinist. Her style is commonly described as a guitarist taking the lead much like Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, and Warren Haynes. She currently performs with the elite musicians of rock band Crimson Crowbar.
She began playing the violin at age eleven and has been an unstoppable force ever since. Awarded a scholarship in Violin Performance, Emily studied Classical music, Theory and Composition, and World Percussion music (African and Brazilian) at Cal State Long Beach. Emily’s love for Rock and Roll, Blues and Folk music began to really show as she would sit in with musicians at venues in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas.
Emily has toured with the iconic, world renowned punk band The Adicts and has performed with such names as Walter Trout (The Walter Trout Band, John Mayall, Canned Heat), Willie K, Johnny Avila (Oingo Boingo), David Shelton (Don Felder), Stevie DiStanislao (Crosby, Stills, Nash, David Gilmour, Loggins and Messina), Wade Biery (Joe Cocker, Roger Paltry, Don Felder), Jorgen Carlsson (Gov’t Mule), Travis Warren (Blind Melon), Todd Wolf (Beth Hart), Jimmy Paxson (Stevie Nicks), Mike Malinin (Goo Goo Dolls). Michael Leasure (Walter Trout), Matt Hughes (Warren Haynes).
You’re an amazing Violinist. How are you doing today?
EV: I’m good thank you!
Who are your influences and what influenced you to play the Violin?
EV: I would say the first quote rock n roll violinist that was probably my biggest inspiration and still is today, the violinist from the band It’s a Beautiful Day, David LaFlamme. I grew up listening to Led Zeppelin and the Beatles; those are 2 of my all-time favorite bands. It’s my dad’s taste in music; you can thank my dad for that. Pink Floyd and David Gilmore for his tone. When I’m soloing on the violin, like a guitar, it’s Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix.
It’s 2018 what do you have coming up this year?
EV: This year I’m going on tour, nobody knows it yet, haha.
Well, we’ll keep it a secret.
EV: Steven Tyler if you’re listening, I’m ready to go on tour! I am putting out my first official music video and putting out my first EP. I’ve started recording with Johnny Avila, from Oingo Boingo. I am playing as much as I can, and getting out there as much as I can.
We’re at NAMM, is there is any gear that you use, that you want people to know?
EV: The LR Baggs Venue DI is my pedal. I couldn’t leave the house without that pedal, it’s a DI tuner boost all in one, and makes my violin sound amazing. I play with an LR Baggs pickup on my violin. They are hands down the best for what I do. The other pedal that I use and am entirely in love with is, and was given it at last years NAMM, is the Dunlop Crybaby Wah Pedal for the bass. It’s like my signature sound now with my violin. I was just talking to Dunlop how it blows my mind, which everyone loves to hear the wah on a violin, but nobody hears a bass wah pedal on the violin. It’s a got a very different tone to it, and it sounds fantastic.
I hope everything goes well with the recording and touring this and I appreciate your time.
EV: Thank you, you as well!
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Tony Lepre contributed to this story. Photo by Renee Jahnke.