Our gorgeous June cover girl Ella Eyre is the girl with the big hair and the big voice.
Her debut single ‘If I Go’ is out on July 6 so ESP grabbed a word with the girl who was named runner up of the Brits Critics Choice Award, No.2 in the BBC Sound of 2014 and is tipped for the top from all corners of the music industry…
How are you feeling about the release of your debut single?
“The response to If I Go has been overwhelming so I’m incredibly excited about the release, it’s been a while since the release of my EP, Deeper, and it feels great to finally share some new music from the album.”
There’s quite a buzz about you – is that nerve wracking or exciting?
“I’m definitely excited, I’ve had an amazing year so far and I think it’s always a little nerve wracking after you’ve spent a long time on something so personal because you never know what people are expecting or how they’re going to react, I can only hope they love the music as much as I do!”
You don’t hold back with your lyrics or vocals – where does that come from?
“I guess I could say I get it from my mum, she’s got quite a raw and feisty nature but purely from a passionate and caring place. The subjects in my songs are all from experiences that have made me feel a certain way so when I’m writing or playing live, I’m basically reliving what I went through with each song, so it’s difficult to hold back.”
You’ve described yourself as a show off – what’s the most outrageous thing you’ve done for attention?
“I remember at pre-school always putting together a mini play or some kind of dance show in the playground with my mates and rounding up spectators, I wouldn’t call it showing off but I certainly enjoyed entertaining, it got a few laughs!”
You bagged a BRIT Award for your killer soulful vocal on Rudimental’s drum and bass stomper ‘Waiting All Night’ , what were Rudimental like to work with?
“Fair to say there is never a dull day with those boys. They have so many loveable traits individually and so much charisma and energy as a group, their love for what they do is undeniable.”
Is your style your own or does your mum throw in any ideas as she was into design?
“Generally my style is quite relaxed, I guess I feel that being comfortable in what you’re wearing brings a level of confidence that you can’t get from anything else, my mum always says to me ‘your face says it all’.”
What can we expect from your live performances and which gigs are you most looking forward to?
“I learnt a lot from being on the road with the Rudimental boys and what I wanted to achieve with my live set. So I have quite a bit of energy on stage, find it quite difficult to stand still, and I just want to get the crowd involved and have fun with me! Finished my first sold out UK tour in March so I’m looking forward to another headline tour later this year!”
There’s plenty of guts in your music – would you say you’ve got attitude, what’s Ella really like?
“I think it would be fair to say that I’m a realist, I like people to be upfront with me, so I tend to be the same way in life and in my lyrics. I’m a softy deep down though.”
Which festivals are you most looking forward to?
“The atmosphere at festivals is incredible, I’m so excited for them all because they are all so different. I loved Parklife and V Fest last year and Glastonbury was the first festival I ever went to so it will be very surreal to return as an artist!”
As the voice that became the soundtrack to many people’s festival memories and night’s out last summer, Ella plays the following shows including a sold out headline London date at Brixton Electric on June 12th.
8th – Parklife, Manchester – Main stage
12th – Brixton Electric, Headline Show
15th – Isle of Wight Festival – Main Stage
28th – Glastonbury – Silver Hayes
29th – Sea Sessions, Donegal, Ireland
4th – Wireless Festival, London – 2nd Stage
6th – Wireless Festival, Birmingham – 2nd Stage
11th – Wakestock
12th – T In The Park – Radio 1 Stage
18th July – Nova Jazz & Dance Night, Austria
1st – Kendal Calling
16th – V Festival, Stafford – Arena Stage
17th – V Festival, Chelmsford – Arena Stage
26th – Mallorca Rocks
27th – Ibiza Rocks