Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Angel”? Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
I definitely can! I wouldn’t necessarily attribute “Angel” to a particular event. It’s more of a message that I felt was important to express. It’s a tongue in cheek message. I’m gonna leave it at that. I don’t like to go into explicit detail about any one song. I just want you to feel it, VENTS. …Can you feel it?
The single comes off your new EP Wrote To You – what’s the story behind the title?
The tracks are each open-ended letters of sorts. “Wrote To You,” which will be released pretty soon, is actually the only track on the EP that was written to someone else. A music teacher of mine lost his father, and expressed to me that he was having trouble feeling grief. I never understood why he opened up to me, seeing as we had no special relationship outside the classroom. I woke up at 6 am the next morning, almost instinctively, and 90 minutes later, “Wrote To You” was a complete song. It was almost as though I had taken it upon myself to grieve for him, in memory of his lost father. But other than that specific track, the songs only seemingly address specific people, or characters. The thing is, I think I wrote to… me.
How was the recording and writing process?
Each track was very different. There were some songs I struggled with, and some that were very fluid. I don’t see what happens around me, when I am in writing and recording mode. A small animal could literally jump into my lap, and coddle me, and I would not even realize it is there. I just zone out of reality and into my head, It’s weird I guess. It was overall an emotional and meditative process; I should probably just leave it at that.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
I have no idea. I guess I should probably have a good answer, but I just don’t. My writing process is strange. I kind of just write lyrics, without purpose, and they always end up coming together. It’s almost like the messages need to be executed on paper; I just don’t know where they come from, or how they even surfaced in the first place.
Any plans to hit the road?
YES! YES! YES! I’ve been cooped up and very much isolated within my writing and recording, but I think it’s time to break free and begin touring. We have quite a few shows coming up, so definitely stay tuned.
What else is happening next in Lee Eller’s world?
I try not to plan too much ahead. All I will promise is more music.