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Yet to release her first single, Ele’s mix of indie, electronica and pop is already catching the eye and ear..
It’s been crazy. This summer I played at the YNOT festival over in England, it was my first festival performance and a great chance to showcase the tracks to a new audience and now I’ve just finished an Irish tour supporting Cathy Davey and I’m straight into recording my debut album. I’ve been working on the album steadily throughout the year. I’ve been figuring things out since I graduated from music college, discovering my sound, getting my band and live show together. I’ve been lucky enough to meet some very talented people who have been kind enough give their two cents which has really helped me with this figuring-things-out process. I’ve had the opportunity to work with a few different producers and together we developed a distinct sound and I’m excited to finally share it with people in the new year. Surfing the Dublin music scene was fun, I got the chance to play at Whelan’s, The Ruby Sessions, HWCH, Workman’s. It’s a fantastic time to be playing original music in Dublin right now.
It sounds lame, but the first time I played my own music to a group of people was in my school ‘Glee’ club. I was petrified but it felt really good. Playing live is a strangely contradictory experience. In many ways you are leaving yourself exposed and vulnerable. But the same time you have an opportunity to not be yourself for those moments on stage, you can explore a persona. Performing in this way can be incredibly liberating and I think I got an inkling of that when I first played there. Playing to bigger crowds now everything is amplified, not just the sound, but the stakes, the feelings, the dynamic. There is no greater incentive than when a crowd responds, even if it’s still a bit petrifying.
I just discovered a band called The Internet, their slick production and pure dirt grooves have me hooked. Then there’s Sylvan Esso, I’ve been listening to their album on repeat and seen them live a bunch of times. Also Tame Impala, Flume, Haim, Alabama Shakes, Disclosure, Snarky Puppy… jayzus, I could go on and on. I like to cast my net wide, there’s so much to draw on at the moment.
Laura Marling, Queen, Erykah Badu, Nick Drake, Regina Spektor, The Beatles, Ray Charles. I love literally anything Burt Bacharach (I’m convinced that if that man farted it would become a hit single).
My priority is to get this album to a place that I’m happy with before I unveil it to the world for now so I’m planning a single release in the first quarter of 2017. I have a sneaky tune that is being recorded along with a music video at the moment so hopefully that will be followed by a launch night, where people can finally check it out! I want to keep the momentum going by gigging as much as possible, particularly around the summer festival season.