Ellie D Chats with Slowcoaching

Where did your musical journey begin?

I've always been a big music lover, going through punk phases & classic rock phases haha. I think I really started to take it more serious when I started writing original music with friends during high school and shortly after; just having that confidence to put something more personal out there. 

Who is the inspiration behind your music?

There's no one person really, just a desire to challenge myself and try to do something different. Inspiration generally pops up when I'm least looking for it, so it's not always right there in front of me. I'm into a lot of different music that inspires me to keep creative, most recently the likes of Captain Beefheart, J Dilla & Pink Floyd. Traveling, family, friendships - all keeps me pretty alert.

What plans do you have plans to tour?

At the moment I’m in a pretty heavy writing stage, so I think when all of these new songs start to feel right, we’ll try and take them on the road. I absolutely love touring & I’m hoping to get this music around a few regional parts of Australia this year.

Where do you write your music and lyrics?

I usually write all my music from my home studio, but I've been in the bush recently writing a bunch of new stuff, which was a surreal experience. I worked pretty hard lyrically as well and found some new, exciting ideas that I'm really keen to try out. I generally keep a notebook that I jot interesting words in, so I guess lyrics are written pretty much everywhere!

What advice do you have for upcoming singer songwriters?

Don't delete your ideas! I've done this in the past and regretted it. If you record something on your phone, or a demo on your computer & you think it's shit, just keep it, because it might strike you again later on. I think most music sounds different every single day, so you never know, a crap idea might come in very handy later.

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How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard it?

I guess dream-pop is pretty accurate - lots of reverb and chorus haha. Sort of along the lines of artists like The Smiths or Wild Nothing, who were huge influences on me when I started.

Which music artists would you consider collaborating with?

That's a tough one, as I tend to write alone, but I'm a huge fan of some upcoming Australian acts like Middle Kids and Totally Mild, I think they're both doing some fun, interesting stuff. I'm really hanging out to add some female vocals for the album, so that may be the next challenge!

What do you hope to achieve by contributing to the Australian music scene?

Something different I suppose. I love watching people at shows, especially when they're completely engulfed in the music, or can find something really relatable, so I guess that's something I set out to achieve. I think making those sorts of connections as a live band is really, really important.