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Fast Five: Ellie Makes Music

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When did you begin making music, and did you ever ponder a different career?

I’ve always made music. My dad played guitar while I was growing up and there was always music in the house so it’s always been a big part of my life. The only thing that rivalled music was theatre, which really is where I found my voice and discovered that I loved singing. I started to learn to play guitar and I started to write songs! Not very well, but I wrote some and I hope I’ve gotten better!

How would you describe your music?

Other people have said I’m like a Welsh Taylor Swift, though I’m not sure I’m that sweet! My music has a bit of grit because I got used to trying to be louder than crowds, but ultimately it’s good old fashioned pop-folk. My new EP has seen an introduction of electronic sounds, which has been fun!

What have you been up to so far and what can we expect over the coming months?

I’m just gearing up to release my second EP ‘Are You Listening?’ which I’ve recorded and released under Bounce Publishing and with some financial support from Horizons Launch Pad, in association with BBC Radio Wales and the Arts Council of Wales! In contrast to my first EP, which I released in 2013, I feel like this EP is far more confident and assured. I’m very very proud of it! I’m also about to embark on my first ever UK tour, alongside my amazing friend Kizzy Crawford! We’re playing in Bangor, Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and London! I’m also going to be doing some small festivals, such as The London Folk Fest at The Bedford on July 5th and The Big Cwtch in September. It’s gonna be a great summer! Check out my website for other dates!

If you could duet with anybody who would it be and why?

I would say Ben Howard, but I’m worried he’d be too intense for me! Let’s say The Tallest Man On Earth! I think we’d have a lot of fun and his music is so enjoyable. He writes great melodies and seems like a really nice guy.

What’s your desert island disc and why would you take this one album?

The album I’ve probably listened to the most as of late is ‘I Forget Where We Were’ by Ben Howard. It’s an amazing album. It’s the sort of album you can put on in the background and enjoy, or you can listen really intensely and find something new in every song. I don’t think I’d be able to survive without it!

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