Ella On The Run provides a good dose of European pop with synth electro sounds and dreamy melodies. Here, we talk to her about the London music scene, her heritage and missing her first radio play.
Where did the name Ella On The Run come from?
Ella is my middle name and I always wanted to use it to create some kind of artist name. ‘On The Run’ just adds to the mystery as I want the focus to be on the music and less on the persona. It also represents the constant evolution I would like my music to go through.
Did you always want to work in music, or is it something that you came to later?
I have been singing pretty much since I can remember and I have a degree in music so the easy answer is yes! That said, I did a lot of other things too in the last 10 years that I really love, like a chef’s degree and working in interior design. I like most creative things, to be honest, and can see myself doing multiple roles in the future, even if music is my number one passion.
How would you describe your sound?
That’s always an interesting question as my sound has already evolved from the first release to the most recent. I would call it quirky yet dark synth-pop or alt-pop, but in a broader term it is definitely pop.
Who are your musical influences?
I have loads of musical influences from all genres. I think it’s hard to pinpoint one specific artist today that influences me more than others, as I think my sound is an amalgamation of all the music I listened to growing up – from Ace of Base to Nina Simone right back to Erykah Badu or N.E.R.D. I take a little inspiration from all of them, even if it is just a word or the whole lyrical approach or a single snare or guitar sound I happen to like on an old album.
And your favourite singers and artists at the moment?
Are you ready? The list is long! I am currently listening to loads of Shura, Kate Boy, Jack Garrett, David Bowie, Taylor Swift, some deep house DJs like Janoma or NU, Feist, True, Charlotte OC, St.Vincent and FKA Twigs and many many more! I have started curating some Spotify playlists so if you want to see what rocks my boat feel free to follow me!
Has your mixed heritage of Swiss, French and South-African influenced your own music or the music that you like?
I think all external, as well as internal, life factors play a major role in the creative process. I had the fortune to grow up with English as a mother tongue in an otherwise German-speaking part of the country so I was obviously at an advantage in song writing. I have also been traveling the world since I was young and that has opened my mind to many different music styles and artists. Next year, for instance I will be going to a sacred music festival in India, which I am very excited about!
What’s your approach to writing music?
To be honest the process is always different. Sometimes I already have some lyrical ideas and sometimes we start with a beat and I get inspired by that. It also depends on who I am writing with or if I am working on something alone. I think, like most artists, I draw inspiration from my personal life or stories that inspire me.
You’ve been played on BBC Radio 1 – what’s it like when you first hear your music played on the radio?
The first time I got played I actually missed it! So I listened to a repeat online the next day! As a child of the ‘radio generation’, it was obviously a huge deal for me as it is something I wished for since I was a kid. I guess maybe times have changed a little but the feeling of achievement is still mind-blowing.
What do you love most about performing live?
Sharing what I do with my fans is probably the most rewarding experience. I spend so much time working on the songs and recording them that when I finally get to perform them and see the positive reception first hand, it’s a pretty awesome feeling.
What has been your favourite/most memorable show so far?
My most memorable show so far was opening for Tove Stryke at the Hoxton Bar & Gill earlier this year. The fans were amazing, as was Tove!
Your video for Golden Boys was shot around London. At the moment, London is really being recognised as a great city for emerging music and talent – what do you think makes London such a great city for music?
I agree that London is a great city for emerging talent, that’s why I’m here! I do think that London has always been Europe’s music capital with a unique talent to create something that is outside the box. I strongly believe that because London is such a melting pot of different cultures, the creative input is much more eclectic creating interesting new sounds and artists that are pushing boundaries!
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