20-year-old Ellur arrives today (Wednesday, 18th August) with her first single via Leeds label Dance To The Radio. An early teaser from the Halifax musician’s upcoming EP, ‘Moments’ showcases her knack for relationship-driven indie-pop. It’s a song that started life as a “really sad, brooding ballad” after a break-up, she explains, but ended up “happier reflection on that relationship and the better times of it”. It’s always good to move on, right? Give it a listen below, and get to know Ellur a little better, too. She’ll also be playing Live At Leeds’ Closing Party with Baby Queen and Oscar Lang this October.
Hi Ellur, how’s it going? What are you up to today?
Hiya, there. It’s going super good, thanks for asking. I’m actually just about to take myself out on a little lunch date. Little bit of self-care and all that jazz. Gonna get myself an avocado bagel and an iced coffee, maybe sit on a bench somewhere and have a ponder about the world.
What first sparked your interest in music?
I think a number of things. There’s the obvious answer, which is growing up with my Dad being in a band. I was basically brought up at gigs and festivals and always wanted to be up there on stage. Been dreaming of the main stage at Glastonbury pretty much since I can remember. As I get older I realise I think my parents’ impeccable music taste might’ve also influenced my interest in music haha.
Are you creative in non-musical ways too?
Yes, I’ve definitely always been a creative person. I love trying to get my concepts across visually; in performance, aesthetic and in video. I love finding new ways to develop my style and try to always get this across to people. I like to paint, write poems and draw. I also love to dance. I think everybody should dance.
What was the music scene like in the area you grew up in?
The music scene’s always been pretty good around me. I grew up in Halifax and there was always local bands playing, especially in summer. Also, the Leeds music scene is great. Venues in Leeds are fab too. Seen a fair few bands play: James, The 1975, Frankie Cosmos, Twin Peaks, King Gizzard. Also, bit out of character but went to see Drake play at O2 Arena and I’ll be honest, that one was pretty mega.
What’s been the highlight of your time as a musician so far?
Definitely the gig I did at Headrow House a couple of weeks ago. It was my first headline and it felt like everyone I knew was there. I used to be a bartender there so to play there with all my old workmates watching was proper fun. When I played ‘Alive’ literally everyone in the room was singing along and having a boogie. They got me to play it a second time as well. I felt like a right rockstar haha.
Tell us about your new single ‘Moments’ – where did it come from?
The inspiration for moments actually sparked from a break-up. Typical, I know, but there was a lot about the break-up I wanted to get off my chest. It’s about not really understanding why things don’t work out the way you planned, which I feel like (especially after this year) a lot of people can relate to.
It was super fun to record too, with Lee and Rob at Greenmount. Really tried to channel War on Drugs meets Bruce Springsteen. Think we did an alright job of it haha.
What do you most enjoy writing about, generally?
I love all of it. Literally the whole thing. I think my favourite bit, however, is probably the early stages when I’m just humming a melody over some chords and little words and phrases seem to creep out. It’s a space where I really get to know myself and what’s on my mind. Think it links back nicely to the whole ‘ self-care’ thing I was on about earlier haha.
What else are you working on right now?
I’m working on lots of super-duper fun things. Just signed with Dance to The Radio and have two wonderful managers working with me now. Trying to get some gigs and festivals booked but just music music music at the mo really.
Who do you think is the most exciting band or musician around right now?
Holly Humberstone. Brilliant songwriter, singer and not to mention, she’s proper cool. If I could get a writing session with anyone, alive or dead, it’d be her.
Tell us a secret about yourself?
Don’t tell anyone, but I’m not a natural blonde.
Ellur’s single ‘Moments’ is out now.