Meet Emilia, who is our Superfan of the Month for March 2016! She's excited to catch the Chicks on the road for their upcoming MMXVI Tour... learn more about why and how she's a fan of DCX below!
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What part of the country/World do you live in?
I live in the capital of a small country called Finland in Northern Europe.
What are your top 3 favorite things to do?
I’ve played soccer my whole life so watching and playing sports is definitely one of my favorite things to do and I’m very (someone could say way too) passionate about them. I love travelling and just hanging out with my friends and family.
What do you do for a living?
I study International Business in Helsinki School of Business and work in a pharmacy on the side.
How many times have you seen Dixie Chicks live?
Unfortunately only once, in Oslo, Norway in 2014. I honestly never thought I would get a chance to see the Chicks live, living in Finland and all but I was very lucky that my mom agreed to come with me. So we jumped to the chance to spend a couple of days in Oslo and see the band I could not stop talking about. It was truly a dream come true and I grinned like an idiot the entire show, so much my face was aching the next day.
Tell us what it means to you to be a fan of DCX?
I’m a late bloomer in terms of actually being a fan of the Chicks as even though I’ve listened to them my entire life and have vivid memories of 9 year-old me wondering about how people could get so infuriated about something Natalie said, it was not until I heard Not Ready to Make Nice for the first time that I fell in love for good. The Dixie Chicks have been a big part of my live during the most difficult years of my life and I’m very grateful for that. I feel very connected with their music and the ladies and I’ll always proudly tell people what my favorite band is.
The Chicks have also introduced me to artists like Patty Griffin and Sheryl Crow, for which I’m very grateful for (improved my taste of music by a whole lot, hah).
How do you show your fandom?
I use social media a lot for this in addition to buying albums, buying merch and what not. Only lately have I had the chance to really buy tickets to shows but I’ve tried to support their projects any way I’ve been able to. I’ve woken up at 3am to watch the Court Yard Hounds live chats (absolutely loved those, worth the lost sleep) and secretly listened to the radio during class when CYH’s The Coast was played for the first time ever. I will also proudly talk about the Chicks to pretty much anyone and everyone and lately I’ve slipped that “I’m so glad my favorite band is gonna be touring again” into a conversation just to talk about them. Not too many people in Finland know about them so I’m happy to educate ;)
What in your mind makes the Dixie Chicks stand out from any other band?
One of the biggest things is obviously their musical talent. They are such incredible musicians as well as songwriters to the point where they just keep impressing me again every single time. Seeing them perform live was an incredible experience simply because of that. They’ve not only stood by each other and supported each other through anything and everything but they’ve also stood by their views and that is something I admire. There are not many artists like that out there and with such great personalities, and that for sure makes them stand out.
What currently is the most played song in your music library?
Live version of Mississippi from Top of the World tour. This has been my go-to song during the cold, dark winter months as it improves my mood instantly every time.
What’s your favorite song from Dixie Chicks and why?
Wide Open Spaces is easily one of my all time favorites and its meaning has gotten even more important lately to this 21 year old. Still, my favorite changes all the time. Top of the World is a song I hold near and dear to my heart and it often moves me to tears. Heartbreak Town and Cold Day in July are some of my most played songs ever, behind Not Ready to Make Nice which never fails to move me and hearing that live was just about the greatest moment of my life.
What is your favorite album from Dixie Chicks and why?
Again, my favorite changes all the time but usually it’s between Taking the Long Way and Home. I love Taking the Long Way because of the emotion in it but there isn’t really anything better than blasting out the entire Home album because it’s just so darn good.
How do you stay connected with your favorite artists?
Through social media, definitely. Twitter is the main way for me as so many of my favorites use it and I love how many of them, including the Chicks, run their own personal Twitter accounts as it’s much more personal. I love how Natalie is using Instagram more and more and whenever Martie and Emily do, it's such a special treat.
What was your first concert ever, the last concert you’ve seen and what will be the next?
Haha, the first concert ever must have been something like Las Ketchup (a Spanish band, super popular with us eight year olds at the time). The last one was a festival headlined by two of my favorites, Patti Smith and James Blunt and the next one will be the Chicks in Oslo.
How many DCX MMXVI shows do you plan on attending? Which ones?
I’m going to two shows in Europe, both within week. I’ll travel to Oslo for the April 24th show with my best friend (who is the best for agreeing to come with me, yay for a girls trip to Oslo!) and then a week later I’ll fly to London with my awesome mom for the May 1st show at the O2.
What’s the furthest you’ve traveled to see a show?
The only time I’ve traveled outside Finland to see a show was to see the Chicks in Oslo, Norway.
If you could tell Dixie Chicks one thing, what would it be?
It is a special thing to have something that makes you feel like you belong when you feel so out of place and to me that has been the Dixie Chicks. As funny as it may sound, sometimes it can take just that one little thing to keep you going and sometimes, quite often, it has been the Chicks and their music for which I am so, so very grateful for. I’m not sure if they ever intended become something like that, but I thank them for sharing their music with us.
Like Emilia, you can see the Chicks live this year as well! Over 60 shows in 10 countries are happening this year on the DCX MMXVI World Tour - grab your tickets now HERE.