Holly Elle is an upcoming Canadian singer / songwriter who is currently living and working in Nashville, TN. After checking out some of Holly Elle’s latest music videos we were really keen to learn more and were therefore really honoured when she agreed to be interviewed by Essential Pop. Read on to find out about Holly Elle’s musical influences, which modern artists she would like to collaborate with given the chance and what she does to relax when not working.
Q: If you could use a tagline of less than 20 words to describe your music and who you are what would it be?
Can I sing 20 words of a song instead? No? Okay hmm let’s see… Canadian Pop/R&B recording artist and songwriter, looking to bring inspiration and fun to listeners, and encourage people to be themselves… this is starting to sound like a Craigslist ad…
Q: What is your musical background?
I have been a music lover all my life. It runs in the family. I started by listening to whatever my parents, and later my older brothers, were listening to. I also got the opportunity to go to the opera and the theater, which led to studying those things and becoming classically trained. I started writing my own songs around age 12, and once I knew I wanted to pursue artistry as a career, I began melding and incorporating all those styles and influences into my own work.
Q: How have the last 12 months been for you?
Fantastic! I am so proud of my latest project, Leopardess, it’s getting great feedback. I’ve had some wonderful accomplishments and I make sure to stop and celebrate every one.
Q: Who inspires you musically?
There are many people, but definitely my Dad. He hasn’t had formal training but plays and sings by ear. For some reason he can pick up random instruments and play. Also, The Beatles, Elton John, and Mariah Carey.
Q: Which modern day artists do you look up to?
Beyoncé!!! She is killin’ it. She’s demonstrating longevity while at the same time remaining so current. As an entertainer she is an absolute powerhouse. And she’s parlaying it into an enterprise. As her hubby would say, she’s not a businessman; she’s a business, man!
I also look up to Rihanna. She infuses her style so uniquely into these amazing songs and the result is hit after hit after hit. Bam!
I’m also really loving Macklemore & Ryan Lewis so much right now, because they’re awesome, but especially because they’re an indie success story. Us indies need that proof that it can be done.
Q: Is there anyone you would like to collaborate or gig with?
Yes, the list is long. Paul McCartney: that would be the ultimate. Some of the other artists I’ve already mentioned of course. Also Frank Ocean, fellow Canadian Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Kanye, I could go on and on…
Q: What songs are you listening to at the moment?
Just downloaded “Beautiful” from Mariah and Miguel -- loving it.
Also like the Miley Cyrus/Snoop Lion (not to be confused with Dog) “Ashtrays and Heartbreaks”.
And my brother just introduced me to “I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)” by the great Stevie Wonder, and I’m obsessed. All these years later and I’m still gettin’ my music from my brothers.
Q: What is your creative process for creating a track?
It really varies. Sometimes I work with a producer who gives me a track and I write the lyrics and vocal melody to that. Sometimes I co-write with people on acoustic instruments and we work together to make it all happen. Sometimes the lyric and melody just come to me suddenly in my head, and the next thing you know, it’s done.
Q: What’s more important, melody or lyrics?
Oh man that’s impossible to answer! Of course they’re both important. I know people who are “melody” people and people who are “lyric” people. But both can bring you to tears. I refuse to choose.
Q: Where are you based?
One of the most beautiful cities in the whole wide world: Nashville, TN.
Q: What’s it like being where you’re from?
It’s awesome. I came from a small town right outside a big city, so I had the best of both worlds. I lived on an acreage on the prairies with beautiful snowcapped mountains in the distance. Gorgeous. And ya gotta love Albertans, they’re great people.
Q: What are you currently working on?
I’m securing outlets for the songs from Leopardess. I’m excited to be partnering with various TV networks again, so watch your favorite shows for some Holly Elle! And as always, I’m writing.
Q: What’s been the highlight of your career to date?
It was pretty damn cool to see one of my songs played on TV for the first time, with my name scrolling across the bottom. And the first time I saw my name in print in a magazine was a big one too.
Q: What are you hoping to achieve in over the next 12 months?
The important thing is to just focus on doing my best work and trying to reach as many people as possible with the intent to connect and inspire. That’s the real goal and the real gift, and only great things can come from that.
Q: What do you do to relax?
Watch TV with my dog under our leopard Snuggie.
Q: Where would your favorite holiday (vacation) be and why?
In a cabin, with family and friends, in the winter. Fire blazing. Soaking in a hot tub with snow all around. Good food, music, and lots of laughter. Why? The four F’s: Family, Friends, Fun and Food!
Q: If you could give a little piece of advice for new or aspiring musicians what would it be?
Find your own voice. Literally and metaphorically. And most importantly: trust it.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to let our readers know about?
I’d just like to thank you guys for interviewing me and thank the readers for their interest!
Editor’s Note: Holly Elle’s intrinsic knowledge of music allows her to express her message in a way that is unique and appealing with a commercial edge.
If you’d like to learn more about or get in touch with Holly Elle just follow the links below:
YouTube embeds: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JywdZyEylmk
Any Other Links: http://www.mtv.com/artists/holly-elle-11/