Interview: Ella Eyre

Ella Eyre

Ella Eyre

Lucy Woodham catches up with Ella Eyre ahead of her first solo UK tour 

She’s known for being the voice behind tracks with Rudimental, Bastille and Naughty Boy and as the 20 year old Londoner with the big hair, but after the release of her third EP ‘Comeback’, Ella Eyre is finally coming into the limelight as one of the UK’s leading female solo artists.

Currently on her first solo UK tour, Ella lands at Cardiff Student’s Union on October 12th. Is she excited to play in Cardiff? ‘I’m looking forward to it! I played the Students Union once earlier on but I’m looking forward to playing my own show, it’ll be really good.’

Her most recent EP ‘Comeback’ comes as the third instalment in Ella Eyre discography and follows  debut EP ‘If I Go’, which bridged the gap between herself and Rudimental, and ‘Deeper’, the record that finally got her tipped as being one-to-watch in the UK music scene. No stranger to working personal matters such as relationships, break ups and cheating into her music, Ella believes that this is without a doubt the most important part of her writing. ‘I feel like when I listen to music I want it to effect me and I want it to draw out emotions that I didn’t believe I had. When people listen to my stuff I want them to feel the same way I do.’

Her raw, husky voice was first spotted at the BRIT School. A few years down the line, Ella attended the BRIT Awards not as a student guest, but instead as a nominee and winner of the BRIT Award ‘Single of the Year’ for Rudimental’s ‘Waiting All Night’. It’s still evident how unexpected the turn around was for the singer. She excitedly explains; ‘It was completely surreal to have gone there on the school trip with my mates on the coach, then 3 years later to arrive in a fucking BMW…actually I think it was an Audi… and to have a table and not be sitting high up…it was surreal!’

The up-tempo, soul singer is by no means intimidated by this sudden rise to fame and the harsh reality of the music world: “I didn’t find it difficult. I learnt so much from those guys [Rudimental] but I always went in to the tour with a solo mind, I knew I eventually wanted to be the captain of my own ship. If anything I was 100% ready for it.’ At a mere age of 20, it’s surprising how mature and determined Ella is in wanting to be even more successful. Her recent performance at Glastonbury was marked as the highlight of summer and one of her favourite performances yet, saying: ‘Glastonbury was the first festival I ever went to after my GCSE’s. I had so much fun there and so it was quite surreal four years later being on the stage and actually being apart of it.’

An interview Ella Eyre doesn’t pass without asking about her iconic hair, which she comically describes as: ‘a feature that people are definitely aware of’, and tells that she is yet to have an interview where it hasn’t been brought up. Does she feel the pressure to stand out in the UK female solo artist industry, then, to which she courteously replied: ‘I find it great, all us female artists support each other and stand up for each other, there’s a really lovely artist community going on right now.’

When speaking about the influences behind the album and the type of sound we can expect to hear, Ella gushes ‘I grew up listening to Basement Jaxx, Gnarls Barkley and Michael Jackson. I’ve always enjoyed up tempo, fun, soulful music and I think that’s what I wanted to create from my own album.’

Catch Ella Eyre at the SU on October 12th – Tickets £13 (+£1.50 booking fee)