“Remember That You Are You For A Reason, And You Have Something Unique To Offer The World, Just The Way You Are”
5 Industry Insider Tips with Ellise
I had the pleasure of interviewing Ellise about her newest single “Love Made Me Do It.”As part of the Uncharted Series presented by Uproxx and Honda in Spring 2016, Ellise was selected as the greatest up-and-coming acts in music today. In addition to shining the spotlight on Ellise, the series gave her the opportunity to record a debut single with the help of veteran music producer Chris Seefried, who previously produced for acts like Fita and the Tantrums, Andra Day, and Lana Del Rey.
What is your “backstory”?
I was born and raised in a super small town in the Bay Area. My whole life, I’ve lived in small suburbs where everyone I grew up with was into sports, college, prom and pep rallies. I was always the weird kid, and all I could ever think about was music. I graduated high school two years early and my first move at 17 was to move to LA. It was a scary decision, I didn’t know a single person in this city and didn’t know the first thing about the music industry. The only thing I knew was singing, and over the past two years, I’ve learned more than I have in my entire life.
Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your music career?
The funniest moment of my career so far had to have been when I fell on stage while performing at the annual Surfer Girl Pro event. I literally toppled over and fell in the middle of my song. I was so embarrassed, but everyone cheered when I got back up. When I went on twitter and saw the video, it made me laugh for 20 minutes.
What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?
I have so much going on right now! I just released my single “Love Made Me Do It” and I’m about to release the music video which is such a cool visual. It’s all shot on film and we filmed it in the desert an hour and a half out of LA. I also have been working on so much music since the start of 2018 and have my next single coming out very soon!
Who are some of the most famous people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?
About a year ago, my friend was in a movie with James Franco. She brought me to the movie premiere and he hosted it. I got the chance to talk to him and it was such a crazy experience. He was super in his head and definitely an introvert- it was a surreal experience getting to pick his brain a little.
Which people in history inspire you the most? Why?
Amy Winehouse is a huge inspiration to me and has been since I was a little girl. I grew up on her music. Her style and aura is unmatched.
What would you advise to an aspiring artist who would like to emulate your career?
I’m just starting out- but even though I’ve just released my first song- a lot of work before that had to be done to even get to this point. I always say consistency is key, and NEVER let anyone’s opinion come before your own. It’s great to take constructive criticism, but you know yourself better than anyone. Multiple music execs told me that Love Made Me Do It was a horrible song and wouldn’t go over well, but I trusted my gut.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I always try to preach self love. My generation is the generation of social media. Millennial culture is built off of photoshopping your face and body on Instagram, posting every detail about your life, and making yourself seem like a perfect, untouchable type of “internet celebrity” that young girls and boys look up to. I try to let my fans know that people are not what they make themselves seem online, and EVERYONE, even that “perfect” girl with a million followers, has insecurities.
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.
Five things I wish someone had told me when I started would be:
1) Don’t overthink. It’s so easy to get trapped in your own head and lose sight of reality, especially in a city like LA.
2) Love yourself. I’ve struggled with depression and self hate because of how high the expectations in this industry are. Remember that you are you for a reason, and you have something unique to offer the world, just the way you are.
3) Don’t give in to haters. People, especially behind a phone or computer screen, will say anything and everything to try to get your attention. Don’t listen. Keep doing your thing.
4) Be kind, but never let people take advantage of you. Especially as a young girl in this city by myself, people have tried to take advantage of my naivety and have done me wrong. I was too nice. I’ve learned to be a good person, but when things seem shady, I address them.
5) This one is the most important one for me. Don’t let setbacks discourage you. This industry isn’t easy. Not everything will always work out perfectly. Keep your head up when things go wrong, take it as a learning experience, and keep moving.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to interview and be in touch with some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she just might see this.
I would love more than anything to have a private breakfast with Ariana Grande. I look up to her so much and have been following her career since “Victorious.” She inspires my music, my singing style, and even my outfit choices. It would be a dream to get to sit down and talk with her.
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