Following two moving debut releases, we had a chat with emerging indie-folk upstart ella ruby
With just two releases to her name, Seattle upstart ella ruby is well on the way to establishing her unique indie folk sound that has more of a hint of darkness to it. ‘baths’ and her new single ‘last night’ have done a really nice job of showcasing the distinctive personality and understated charm ella possesses that floods her sound, with the prospect of an upcoming debut EP promising to continue to flesh out the artist’s engaging world.
From her thoughtful, invariably personal writing to the soft, tumbling guitars that permeate her work, there is a delicateness to her fragile sound that bravely carries the weight of her vulnerable and introspective lyrics. There is a gentle, shuffling beat that invariably keeps things ticking, and the artist does a really nice job of balancing her peaceful sound with the gravity of her thoughts and feelings. With the release of her second single ‘last year’, we figured that it would be the perfect time to get to know the artist a little better and find out about her journey.
Who TF is ella ruby?
How long have you been making music?
I started writing songs about seven years ago (officially, not including my middle school heartbreak jams), but I’ve been singing my whole life. My dad’s family is rooted in the folk scene in Omaha, Nebraska, so I grew up singing that sort of music and then branched out all over the place – musical theater, opera, pop, etc. – before coming back to folk.
Why do you make music?
What are your biggest influences?
What would you say has been your best moment so far?
So hard to pick! But for now I’ll say driving back from Idyllwild, where I recorded my EP with Jon O’Brien, Eric Cannata, Kevin Farzad, and Gal Musette. Windows down, sun setting, winding mountain road, so incredibly inspired by the experience and proud of myself for being brave enough to trust others with my words, my music, my deepest self.