Interview: "Dreaming" - ELENA
Q: Congratulations on the release of your first EP! How does it feel to finally have it out there for people to hear? I’m sure it’s surreal!
ELENA: Honestly it’s actually been crazy! The response I’ve had so far from the release has been really positive which is obviously so reassuring… And yes now that I can talk about it it feels so good, anyone that knows me knows I’m not quite about anything so not being able to talk about a ‘ENOUGH LOVE’ when slowly killing me!! So yeah being able to talk about it now is just the best feeling in the world!
Q: Who would you say are your biggest inspirations when it comes to your songwriting?
ELENA: It's really hard to pick just 1 artist! I listen to lots of different genres now which I think helps because I’m definitely more open when writing my own music! Someone asked me a similar question the other day and I think I realised that I don’t necessarily Love one artist because of all of their music… Like I enjoy certain songs from artists and I like the artist as brands more so then Liking that particular artist because I love all of the music! But in terms of songs/artists that inspire me when songwriting, inspiration tends to come from finding a song that I vibe with whether it be melodically or through the lyrics or production and basically trying to find ways of incorporating that inspiration into my own music!
Q: “Dreaming” is one of our favourite tracks from your new EP! Would you mind sharing what inspired you to write it?
ELENA: So the concept of a “Dreaming” came to me one night as cliche as that is, I was sat in front of my mirror taking my makeup off and literally had the hook come into my head! “Dreaming” isn’t about anyone person very much like all of my songs! I feel like the concept of “Dreaming” is quite open and I feel like it’s something that everyone Will have gone through at least once in their life… so the it’s basically about having someone on your mind not in necessarily a good or a bad way but like constantly thinking about someone! If you put it into perspective as a relationship, there can be both negative and positive ways of viewing this song! Like you can constantly be thinking about someone because you like them but they don’t like you back, or when you’re in that honeymoon phase and you’re constantly thinking about them because it’s all cupcakes and rainbows! Or on the other hand you also have that relationship that isn’t working out and is probably gonna end and you can’t escape your feelings for that person even though the relationship isn’t working!
Q: I know you studied musical theatre since you were very young which is so cool! What was your favorite role you ever got to play?
ELENA: That’s a hard one because there was so many shows I remember doing one show at the associate school I went to where I’ve paid gingey (the gingerbread man)from Shrek! Still to this day there are conversations about me as gingey and I think I was like 12 in the show! Although when I was nine I performed in the Sound of Music tour around London and I do really think that was what pushed me to want to train professionally!
Q: What song off your new EP are you most looking forward to performing live one day?
ELENA: If I’m being really honest I’m excited to perform any and all of them but if I do you have to pick one then I think it would be between “Dreaming” and “Man enough”! There’s something about the songs that feel really playful to me and I feel like they would be a lot of fun to sing live!
Q: Where do you hope to see yourself professionally five years from now?
ELENA: I’d like to think in five years I'll have a lot more Music out… maybe a full album! I would definitely like to be touring and performing to people that sing my songs back to me! But I think my plan is to continue writing and to continue to bring out more music and just see where life takes me!
Written By Sarah Curry