Messin' Me Up
What So Not, featuring Evan Giia
A broody crescendo of energy, at a poignant moment in human history.
Why I wrote this song
COVID pushed me inwards, made me isolated and overwhelmed. Not an uncommon circumstance I’m sure, but this song acted like a diary entry from the end of 2019. It has reminded me of the strength and unity we rallied during the horrific Australian bushfires.
‘Messin’ Me Up’ is a song with a message, screamed from a blazing mountain top and as the world comes back to normality. I hope it revives the drive for all we must do outside our own little spheres.
We’ve seen the world can change in an instant. So I implore everyone to think about the impacts of our daily activities and see if there are not some small places where we can make better choices.
About me as an artist
2021 marks the 10-year anniversary of What So Not. For Chris Emerson, the creative at the heart of the project, it is a time of realisation and research, rethinking and renewal.
It would be easy for the Australian producer and DJ to stay sequestered in What So Not’s significant accomplishments, not the least of which are surpassing one billion global streams and collecting Gold Plaques. Instead, Emerson scaled back his touring to get re-centered as a person and refreshed as an artist.
The first decade of What So Not revolved around high-profile collaborations, headlining tours and major festivals across the globe, not to mention creative artistic achievements. The second decade of What So Not starts with reflection and revitalisation and new innovations.