INTERVIEW: Rapper Elle Anido

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

Hey Vents magazine! I’ve been good! How about you guys?

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Fake”?

Yeah it was really just a random collab that happened when this producer from Toronto @adrriiaano hit me up and said he fucked with my music and asked if I’d be interested in buying a beat so I listened to his beats page and got inspired by this one so I bought it and wrote to it and ya that’s pretty much how that went down.   

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

Yeah I mean the beat definitely influenced the tone of the song and I was going through some sort of drama with girls acting catty so this is basically a song to address that and honestly I am so over petty drama and people thinking they’re better than others. I wanted this song to be laced with funny punch lines, double meanings and I wanted to write something that was technically challenging too.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I did have a video in mind but would depend on whether or not we have enough time to get that done with new singles on the way, sometimes you have to play these things by ear. But there is a video coming out for my single “Notice” very soon shot by my boy @joeywrynn from @Hashtagffa and it’s going to be crazy!!!

How was the recording and writing process?

It was different than a lot of my songs because I was using a producer’s beat I never met before, rather than building one from scratch with my engineer/producer @ripvctr so it was definitely a new approach artistically. And to be able to create with someone 400km away and make a dope track was a pretty cool process.

What role does Canada play in your music?

I think Canada is like an underdog in the music industry but some of my favorite artists like Drake and the Weeknd changed the face of hip-hop in a huge way in my opinion. Growing up, I always felt like I had to get out of here to become successful. Ottawa is a government town so it’s pretty conservative, we have bitter winters and hot humid summers which I think affect my emotions and consequently my music. I realized no matter where you are in the world, you have to put the work in and use your resources to your advantage (like the internet duh). And we’re located right in between Toronto, Montreal and New York which are 3 of the coolest cities in North America so there is inspiration all around us.

How did you get to blend your classic roots with the much modern hits?

As a really young girl I loved broadway and Disney movies and studied classical piano and sang in the church choir. Then I got into pop like the Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys. As a teenager, I just got interested in punk and hardcore cuz I thought punk boys were cute and I was a pretty angsty teenager. As an adult, I mostly listen to hip-hop but there’s so much good music that no one even knows about and I just like to keep my ears open to new things.  I love checking out artists my friends post on their insta stories and I just see music as something that is constantly changing and I think my writing reflects that.

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

Yeah the album is dropping end of July 2019 so I’m super excited about that!!! There will be some more trappy songs but I think people will see a softer side on more personal tracks that are more melodic and personal, which is hard for me to do cuz i can basically turn anything into a joke. That being said, I’m emo for life and I’m starting to feel like it’s ok to show a more emotional side to my music.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

End of July is the goal so fingers crossed we will be on track!

Any plans to hit the road?

Absolutely. I love to perform so I think that planning a tour through Canada and the states would be the next step for me.

What else is happening next in Elle Anido’s world?

Basically just putting all my resources, time, energy into this project is the only thing I’m trying to do for the next two months. Summer is here so I’m definitely going to be working on my tennis game and then I will be entering my last year at Carleton U and will hopefully be a Music graduate by January!! But mostly I can’t wait to drop the album and show all my friends and fam what I’ve been working on!

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About RJ Frometa

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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