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INTERVIEW: Eloise

Hi Eloise, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been amazing; I’ve been waiting to get my new track out for ages so I’m buzzing about that!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Drop Dead Gorgeous”?

The single is about female expression and power; over the last year in particular I’ve found solace in films, TV, music etc where women are portrayed with strength and passion. The thing is, it’s impossible to find any media where a woman can be victim and killer, women are always vulnerable or vicious so I wanted to play with that in the song.

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

It was a mixture of personal and public things; the spotlight that’s been placed on the treatment of women over the last year has been affecting for everyone and it’s a mixture of being liberating and terrifying, that’s what inspired me. Women are expected to behave a certain way to seem pleasant and that’s not compatible with being bitter and angry so I felt inspired to play into the stereotypes of vicious, murderous women to get those emotions across.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I have a lyric video up my sleeve, loads of footage of chandeliers and animals which is pretty characteristic for me!

How was the recording and writing process?

It was really good, I worked with Mikko Gordon on this track and once I got the lyric “you are drop dead gorgeous, could you drop dead?” out there the rest of it flowed pretty quickly, it was one of the fastest songs I’ve ever written.

What role does Horror and Sci-fi play in your music?

I’m fascinated by the depiction of women in horror; there is always this split between the suggestive, flamboyant female killer and the helpless, sexless victim, it says so much about how we view feminity. I also just think 80s horror and Tarantino films are really cool stylistically, I find the imagery inspiring.

Do you tend to take a different approach when you are collaborating with someone else rather than on your own?

I think so, it’s good to have someone else to moderate some of the things I write. When I am on my own I’ll write something based off a 70s Barbie advert or something ridiculous and it makes sense to me but when I’m writing with other people I think about what I’m really saying more, I get less caught up in metaphors.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

I’m writing a lot at the moment, I’ve been so inspired since Drop Dead Gorgeous so I’m working on more music that feels in that space. It’s been cool to hear a new voice coming through in my songs, it’s like I have a bitter 80s soap opera star living in my mind!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

I will have another single out in about a month leading to an EP out at the start of next year! Lots of new visuals to go with it.

What role is LA playing in the writing of this material?

I spent a while out there at the start of this year and it’s influenced me a lot, I’ve always been a bit of an old Hollywood nerd but actually being there and seeing it as it is now was a big influence. I did a lot of people watching while I was there.

Any plans to hit the road?

I’ve just come off a run of 11 shows over the summer which was great. I’m taking a break to finish some music now with more shows coming October/November and a headline around the EP next year. The show is getting bigger and bigger.

What else is happening next in Eloise’s world?

More writing and more shows! This week I am in France working with a new producer so hopefully lots of new and exciting stuff will come from that. I am actually on the train to the deepest parts of Normandy as we speak. I have also started a blog to discuss some of the deeper topics behind my songs so I am hoping people will find that interesting if they dare to go further into my mind.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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