BEHOLD, EM BEIHOLD | Rising singer-songwriter on seeing depression in a new light

After captivating millions across social media, buzzing Los Angeles singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, Em Beihold shares a new single and music video entitled “Numb Little Bug” that encapsulates the feeling of depression in a new light.

According to Beihold, the song came about when she was gaining traction in her music career, but could not feel anything.

“I wrote ‘Numb Little Bug’ when I had a song called ‘Groundhog Day’ that was going viral and all of the sudden all these labels were talking to me and all my dreams were coming true, but I didn’t feel how I expected to feel,” she shared.

Em also shared that at the time, she was also starting on antidepressants, which made her “emotionally flat line”.

“I didn’t realize it took the highs as well as the lows,” she said.

With a catchy tune set juxtaposing lyrics like; “Do you ever get a little bit tired of life, like you’re not really happy, but you don’t want to die, like a numb little bug that’s gotta survive?”, it was no wonder the song reached over 1.5M likes and 6.4M views on Tiktok.

Known for writing about the little intricacies of growing up and making them relatable, Em Beihold has been writing since she was seven as a way to “figure out my feelings.” She drew inspiration from not just her day-to-day life, but also from the likes of Regina Spektor. The result is an artist who can put a positive spin even on the most terrible parts of growing up.

“It’s not necessarily a choice I’m making, I always just write about how I’m feeling,” she shared, “And at the time, I didn’t feel a single thing. I was driving along a highway trying to figure out the words to how I felt. Like I didn’t want to die, but I just wanted to press pause on life,”

Prior to making it big on Tiktok with “City of Angels”, Em was enlisted by director Michelle Schumacher to create a “Not Who We Were” for her film I’m Not Here starring Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons. The song later graced her debut album, Infrared, a year later. Following “City of Angels” was “Groundhog Day”, which was also met with praise, the initial teaser lighting up social media with 20 million views and the song itself generating over 6.6 million Spotify streams.

With her career taking off in the new normal, Em only hopes to continue writing, with her main goal being to be able to perform on SNL.

“There’s definitely pressure after ‘Numb Little Bug’ because I didn’t expect it to get as big as it did, but my biggest career goal is to perform on SNL, I don’t have a set timeline for myself, so hopefully that happens one day,”

Em Beihold’s “Numb Little Bug” is now streaming on Spotify and digital music platforms.

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