For Emma Peridot, music isn’t just about self-expression, it’s about radiating self-assurance that’s infectious to her listeners. As an LGBTQ+ artist from Indiana, Peridot is no stranger to feeling like a misfit. Peridot channels that energy into her music, examining traditional themes of love, lust, and heartbreak while also getting vulnerable about anxiety, self-doubt, and insecurity that we all face in our own ways.
Her beginnings are humble; during her college years she began releasing music on Soundcloud and performing in small clubs and dive bars around Indianapolis and other nearby cities. But after securing an opening slot for Quinn XCII at Butler University, a confidence was ignited in her that she has something special. Fans have witnessed her hustle since then, garnering hundreds of thousands of Spotify streams in 2019 & 2020. In Early 2020, after the release of her debut EP Sweat & Sparks, she embarked on a self-booked and self-funded Midwest tour.
And she shows no signs of stopping. For Peridot, it’s less about industry acclaim and more about the calling to create music that resonates with all those who feel misunderstood and that they are destined for greater things than the box that society has tried to place them in. She states, “I want my music to be widespread because I think it’s something everyone can relate to. But even if I make music that impacts just a small handful of people in a meaningful way, that’s enough for me to feel like I’m fulfilling my purpose.”