Budding Pop Star Emily Vaughn Shows Us Her Camera Roll

Published February 15, 2019

There are plenty of songs to make you fall in love, but what about the songs for all the broken, and hurt, hearts? Queue Emily Vaughn’s new single, “Dead 2 Me,” from her upcoming EP Bitch Bops. If you haven’t caught the vibe yet, the message is loud and clear after watching Vaughn torture her ex in the music video, which is “really just a straight-forward concept.” She adds: “It’s basically our way of saying, you’re dead to me even though you’re still alive.”

The Florida born-and-raised singer-songwriter has been making music her “entire life,” but Bitch Bops, coming later this year, is her first proper LP. It’s no coincidence that the budding pop star released “Dead 2 Me” on Valentine’s Day. “The message is I’m prioritizing myself,” she told Interview. “I’m really not in the mood for people’s bullshit.” In between shooting music videos, playing music festivals alongside her musical influences Charli XCX and Betty Who, and in honor of love, and all those who have been wronged, Vaughn shared her camera roll with us — giving us a behind-the-scenes look at a bad bitch in the making.

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“That photo was actually on set of the “Dead 2 Me” music video. As you can tell, I’m sitting on a throne and holding a crowbar, as you do. In the video we torture my ex because I find out he’d cheated on me. All the girls in it, my whole girl gang, are my friends from Florida. We take him to a warehouse, and we have fun.”

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“This was Billboard’s Wake Up Call Music Festival in LA. I was super excited to be there because a lot of my favorite artists were also performing there, like Charli XCX, Léon, Betty Who, just a lot of my influences were playing. It’s the bougiest music festival, which I live for. It was indoors. There were hotel rooms, cocktails. It was fantastic. It was such a cool energy being around everybody, and just such a fun event.”

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“I’m tracking vocals for both “Jealous” and “Pieces,” which are two songs that will be on Bitch Bops. Gazzo, who also did my single “Say the Word With Me,” produced both those songs. We figured we’d just knock out all the vocals in a day. That was kind of a lot to do in one day, but Gazzo’s super fast and a lot of my vocals, honestly, on my songs are first day scratch vocals because it always feels the most real.”

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“That day my friend Justin, the photographer who shot the Bitch Bops‘s cover and my Room Service cover, launched a head shot program. He’s gonna get models and actors to sit in for head shots. So, this was his kick off party. We had champagne, and he shot photos of everybody that came.”

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“That was actually the night we shot one of the scenes for the “Dead 2 Me” video. I was picking up bottles of champagne for the shoot, and I just felt so ridiculous. I was wearing an actual look I’m wearing in the video, and I’m inside a 7-11 in knee-high boots, and this crazy long jacket. Everybody was looking at me like I was crazy. I texted my friend that was in the car waiting for me, and I was like, “I need you to come inside.” And she thought I had dropped the bottles, but I just needed her to take a picture of me.”