Southern California native ellie d. is an eclectic, up and coming, indie-pop artist with a flare for modern sound. Transitioning back to her hometown of LA, ellie d. describes music as a grounding force that helps her along the way. Her unique style and arrangements are thanks to her upbringing listening to rock legends like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Billy Joel, and Fleetwood Mac. This gives ellie d. a timeless vibe fused with a more mainstream indie-pop sound.
“Picture It” is a vibrant new single released today that features an addicting beat and melody. Ellie d.’s voice is soft and pretty but consistent and hypnotizing. I like that the catchy beat and tone of the song never over power her vocals. Just like that title implies “Picture It” allows the listening to paint a soundscape in their mind. My favorite lyric is “wanting to change simply to please the next circle” because I feel like that’s the important and lush meaning behind the song. The electronic arrangements in this track are always a fresh twist to what were used to when it comes to indie pop. “Moving in place so fast, that’s the truth” is another lyric that resonates with me. I feel like ellie d. wants us to slow down and enjoy the musical journey her beautiful voice takes us on. We’re so glad that ellie d. continues to deliver awakening new tracks and we’re here for whatever comes next! Bravo ellie d.
Listen to "Picture It" here and get to know more about ellie d below!
Hey Ellie! Can you tell us more about yourself and the introduction of music in your life?
Hey! My name is Ellie and I am from Los Angeles, California. I have loved music since as long as I can remember. There was always music playing in the house growing up and my dad raised us on a bunch of classic rock. He was actually in a rock band in college! I was raised listening to The Who, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Fleetwood Mac, and more.
What inspired you to write “Picture It”? What’s it about?
I grew up in Los Angeles and absolutely love this place. I went away for college and just moved back, so the songs that I have been working on recently have been inspired by LA and my transition back home. Los Angles is a beautiful place and there is a laid back, mellow atmosphere. However, the city can sometimes move too fast and it is easy to get caught up in the glitz and the glam. I wrote “Picture It” as a reminder to slow down and enjoy what is in front of you. Stay true to yourself and remember why you love this city so much.
What are some challenges you’ve faced in your career so far How do you overcome them?
I think a challenge right now starting out in the industry is learning how to manage all aspects of your artistry. Whether it’s creating the music, pitching, marketing, it has been a lot of learning as I go and understanding what processes work best. I have made mistakes but from those mistakes I learn what I can do better the next time. Another challenge that I have faced is receiving advice and feedback from people with different opinions across the board. It can be overwhelming when some people tell you to do something and others tell you the opposite. Pursuing guidance is important, however, ultimately, it is best to stay true to yourself artistically.
When you are not making music, what else do you enjoy doing?
When I am not making music I am spending time with my friends, family, and dog Scooby. I also love acting!
Who are your musical inspirations/ dream collaborations?
This is such a hard question because I love music so much and listen to everything!! I was raised on rock so that is where most of my musical inspiration is rooted. I love Stevie Nicks, Billie Joel, Elton John, and HAIM. When it comes to electronic music I think my dream collaborations would be with, Flume, Elohim, ODESZA, and Maggie Rogers.
What’s next for 2019?
2019 will be full of new releases and collaborations! Very excited!
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