Hi Elle, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Hello and thank you for having me. I’ve been beautiful, thank you.
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Jammin”?
Jammin is a year round feel good song that takes a classic Bob Marley sample and gives you a fresh taste of confidence from a female ‘s perspective. Originally recorded two years ago, one of my personal favorites because it showcases my strengths of fusing the two worlds of hip-hop and reggae.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I was first inspired by the beat which was played to me by a friend. It was initially his beat and he wanted me to jump on the record with him but we both decided it had my name all over it so he told me I could take it and do my own thing. I then had the track revamped. I instantly connected with the record and as I began writing I became inspired by the want to showcase female confidence.
How was the recording and writing process?
I wrote and recorded this one in my room actually. I love recording myself. The process was easy. I wrote the song in a couple of hours and recorded it the next day. The rest was history.
How much did that City of Miami and its culture and scene get to influence the song?
I actually didn’t plan to shoot the video in Miami initially. I went on vacation in Miami last summer and thought hey, why not shoot a video while I’m there. At the time, filming the Jammin record made the most sense because of the good feel of the record and the good feel of Miami.
How was the film experience?
Being on South Beach was amazing. Me and my girls had the whole strip watching, filming, and taking pictures of us.
The single means we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?
Most definitely. It’s coming along fantastic, I just recently finalized the track listing.
Any tentative release date or title in mind?
I’m releasing the mixtape in the first quarter of 2016. I haven’t set an exact date yet, but I’ve already finished half of it. I’m also recording and writing this at home and I’m really excited with the outcome so far.
In the meantime I understand you are being part of this cool show calledCity of Dreams – how was the audition process like?
I actually didn’t audition for the show. The show caught wind of my movement and reached out to me. I spoke with the producer of the show and felt like it would be a good fit.
In a show flooded with all these fake reality shows – what would you say makes this one stands out from the rest?
Many reality shows claim to be about documenting the ups and downs of pursuing your dreams but fall short focusing instead on personal relationships and drama. City of Dreams will document exactly what it’s like living in Hollywood and trying to make it in all aspects of the entertainment industry.
So everything that will happen on the show would be the truth and nothing but the truth?
Any plans to hit the road?
Will be heading to Hollywood once the show goes into production and in the interim will be performing throughout Atlanta, Georgia starting December 26th at the Apache Cafe.
What else is happening next in Elle Royal’ world?
Besides the mixtape and doing shows, I’m building the Elle Royal brand as well as the brand of my movement, P.O.P. P.O.P consists of a number of intelligent and talented women and I’m looking forward to releasing projects on them very soon.