UpClose with Ella Eliza

Ahead of her huge show at Notting Hill Arts Club on Friday, we had a chat with the hotly-tipped Ella Eliza

German-born and London-based, Ella Eliza is an artist that has a unique cultural perspective and that comes across effortlessly within her unique blend of pop, soul and R&B. 2021 saw the release of her debut EP INTROSPECTION and well and truly put the artist on the map as a prospect to look out for, and we can’t wait to hear what is yet to come from her.

With our friends at CloseUp, we had a chat with Ella ahead of her huge headline show at Notting Hill Arts Club on Friday, and found out some more about the hotly-tipped emerging artist.

Ella Eliza! It’s great to have a chat. We love your music as you well know. Tell us a bit more about the world of Ella Eliza? 

Likewise! Aw thank you, I appreciate it!! The world of Ella Eliza is all about self-love and empowerment; I feel like as artists we go on the journey of finding ourselves through our creative expression which then leads to enabling other people to do the same. I want to be able to inspire people the way my favourite artists have inspired me growing up!

What part of the musical process do you enjoy most, and why? Is it performing live, creating your tracks, or..?

Performing is definitely where I feel most at home. I have the best time on stage, it just makes me feel alive. Don’t get me wrong, I do love being in the studio as well but there’s just something about performing for people that makes you feel so connected to each other, it’s hard to not adore that energy.

The last 18 months and the pandemic have been crazy for musicians, how much has it had an affect on your music?

Crazy to say the least haha, it’s genuinely hard to put the last 18 months into words. Personally I found myself confronted with my thoughts more than ever before which led me to create some painfully honest music but also led to some real mental health challenges. I only really started doing sessions right before the pandemic hit, so I had to put all my plans aside and adapt to the situation which was quite the roller coaster at times. I learnt a lot about myself during the last 18 months that I wouldn’t have learnt without these weird pandemic-y experiences but I can’t say I am craving another lockdown again any time soon (touch wood) :-,)

If you could create a ‘Ella Eliza Festival’, which 3 artists would you have headlining? (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Oh wow yes please haha, you’re planting seeds in my head.

Friday headliner would have to be Remi Wolf (have been absolutely obsessed with her recently), Saturday Charlie Puth (I am in love with his TikTok’s) and Sunday The Weeknd (one of my favourite artists of all time). I feel like they would all bring the perfect festival vibes.

You headline Notting Hill Arts Club on the 18th February for a HUGE London show, what should we expect from your live return to the capital?

I am SO excited for this show, my team and I have been working really hard to make it sound incredible and I can proudly say that we have exceeded our own expectations. Sonically and arrangement wise we were inspired by big names such as Dua Lipa and Justin Bieber and I just feel so grateful for my band and my two MD’s as they made this show sound huge; it’s honestly a dream come true!

Tickets for Ella Eliza at Notting Hill Arts Club on Feb 18th can be found here