AAA Music Approved: Elle Exxe
aaamusic | On 28, Nov 2014
Who are you and where are you from?
I’m Elle Exxe and I’m from Edinburgh! I moved to London on my own when I was 17 and have been chasing dreams in the big smoke ever since.
What inspired you to get into music?
I can’t pinpoint the starting point that inspired me to start in music, but I know it was always in my blood. I remember at around age six I got my first microphone and started playing piano and writing poetry. At seven I remember forcing my best friend to record an interview with me about my imaginary success as a famous singer.
What’s inspired me lately is fusing the best elements from different genres. I love the big beats from hip hop acts like Run DMC, dirty bass sounds in drum and bass like Chase & Status and feisty catchy vocals in rock and pop music.
What have you done?
I recently put out my debut track as Elle Exxe titled ‘Synthesising’ and performed at Westfield’s #MusicCube sponsored by Kiss FM, Sennheiser and Infiniti (alongside acts like Professor Green, Chloe Howl, Jess Glynn).
What are you like live?
People say I’m wild. I like to engage with the crowd and try to channel my inner Freddie Mercury.
What makes you different?
No two artists are the same. I like to think my music is honest and has guts, I don’t think there’s enough of that out there.
Physical vs Downloading vs Streaming…How do you listen to music?
As a music lover, streaming services have made my life so much better. I listen to such a massive variety of music within a day and it costs me practically nothing. I never need to spend time hunting my favourite unknown artist in a record shop and don’t need to worry about scratching my CDs…
…But on the flip-side, as an artist, it’s quite painful. A day in the life of a musician isn’t cheap. We put our hearts and souls and our entire bank balance into our passion and receive fuck all financial compensation. But it has to be better than illegal downloading, right? For me, I’m just happy people are able to hear my music, and I’m optimistic that we’ll create better financial solutions for artists/songwriters/musicians soon so the music doesn’t have to stop.
What have you been listening to?
I went to see Tove Styrke last week, she’s great – listen to ‘Even If I’m Loud…’.
What are your aspirations for the future?
I’m putting out a lot of great new music next year, and hope go on my first UK tour.
Questions answered by: Elle Exxe…