INTERVIEW: EllaHarp

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Screaming Into The Void”?

‘Screaming Into The Void’ is the title track off my upcoming album (out Sep 17th). It’s about dealing wit feelings of overwhelm (which I unfortunately feel a lot) and pushing through them. It’s an important song to me and I’m so excited to have its music video out in the world. 

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

When I put my first album out, I really had no idea what I was doing or how the music industry worked. I did my own ‘publicity’ which essentially meant doing a little research and sending loads of cold emails out to music blogs etc. I heard back from a singular publication out of hundreds and had to come to terms with realizing it’s incredibly hard to make a splash in this crazy competitive world, especially as a fully independent musician just starting out. On one hand, there are more opportunities to make it now than ever, but on the other hand, with thousands of songs coming out on any given day, sometimes it feels like you’re making literally no difference whatsoever. ‘Screaming Into the Void’ was originally written about this feeling/experience, but some songs develop deeper meaning over time and it has since become almost an anthem to me for not giving up.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Despite living in ‘sunny California’ it’s actually really cold and foggy most summers where I live on the coast (Half Moon Bay). We got a few really nice days in June and jumped on the opportunity one evening before I left town early the next morning. I’m lucky to have Zac Schultz (who filmed this and my  last video) nearby and we got everything on camera before the sun went down. Timing aligned and the pelicans kept flying past so it made for a super easy filming experience. This is also the second video I’ve edited and I really enjoyed the process. 

Why naming the album after this song in particular?

‘Screaming Into the Void’ just felt like it had to be my next album title. I think the feelings behind it were prominent enough that in a way they sort of outlined my experience the last few years. I think of albums in chapters, and this song represents my previous one. 

How was the recording and writing process?

Some songs take ages but recording and writing both went quickly with this one, I think it was about two hours on each. It was the first track I recorded on the album. For the rest I worked with a producer in LA but ‘Screaming Into the Void’ was recorded in a local studio, and is the only track on the album that I produced myself.

How would you say your family background influences your music as a whole?

Very much, but in a sort of indirect way. Both my very musical grandfathers died before I was born, so most of my narrative was made up from filtered stories and a running imagination. I dearly wished to have met them, but the rosy picture I painted kept them perfectly departed from the harshness of reality; invisible support. The pressure of performing for them would have been a whole other kettle of fish.

What aspect of touring and your personal life did you get to explore on this record?

I wrote ‘Sunshine and Roses’ in 2017 shortly before my first album came out (Who Asked You Back, 2018) and ‘Black Road’ was written after a gnarly car accident totaled my truck in pre-pandemic 2020 so it stretched across a fair chunk of time in my life. 

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

Sometimes in songwriting things just come out, it’s a brief window of time where you feel like you have access to some stream of thought that rapidly fades the moment you’re done (or so you hope) and I’m just grateful to have been there for it this time. 

What else is happening next in EllaHarp’s world?

Most efforts are focused on Sep’s album release and mini West Coast tour at the moment, but I’m looking forward to recording more music this winter to share next year ❤

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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