There is nobody out there like Ellie Goulding. She has suddenly blasted her way onto everyone’s playlists and into music venues around the world. She has it all! Energy, lyrics, melodies and beats so out of this world you be blown away by them every time you hear them. The term “superstar” was made to be used on Ellie Goulding. I was fortunate enough to be able to speak with her just a few days before she was Coachella bound and then Royal Wedding bound!
Lemonade Magazine: So how is the tour going?
Ellie Goulding: It’s good! Just in the bus right now waiting for sound check.
LM: What has the tour been like for you?
Ellie: It’s been good! It’s been hectic and busy, but it’s been an experience. Everywhere I have gone has brought me a new experience. It’s really inspirational, I went to Nike Headquarters yesterday in Portland, OR. I got to meet a gold medal runner and it’s just so fascinating to meet all these people who have these fascinating jobs. I am ready to start Coachella and I just try to not to look at my schedule, so that I don’t freak out, that I can be blissfully ignorant for a while.
LM: What are your expectations from something like Coachella?
Ellie: I have no idea, I am hoping there will be a good crowd. Every festival we’ve done, we’ve walked away with a smile on our face and we’ve been proud that we put on a good show. I used to be kind of scared of festivals, because you have a lot of people who are there who aren’t there to see you.
With Coachella, people have been very enthusiastic and with the shows we’ve done so far there have been times where I have felt like, “Oh, that may have been a bit weak.” But the people have been there the whole way. Even when I lost my voice in Chicago, people were cheering me on and shouting things in a good way! It was just brilliant. Coachella will be the end of my tour, so I feel like it will be a good thing to go home with.
LM: What impressed me was that I knew I loved your CD, but I didn’t expect to see you completely kick ass on guitar and just put on such a high energy show. I was blown away.
Ellie: Well, thank you!
LM: Now you mentioned Nike earlier, you do something pretty unique to connect with your fans. You actually run with your fans. Tell us a little bit more about that.
Ellie: Yeah, I started doing it, because it was different. I knew nobody else was doing it and I wanted to do something productive, instead of just meeting people and signing things in a room. This way there was more of a connection. Running is a sport that requires attention, focus and team work if you are running with other people. Running is an important thing to me. I’ve had a few people tell me it’s not very rock and roll, but if they saw me and the band behind the scenes, you know drinking and stuff, they would see I’m just like a lot of singers who like to have a good time and party or whatever.
I’m lucky enough to have the motivation as well though and do the opposite with running and doing weights. I am stronger than a lot of girls! ::laughs:: I just like being strong and fit and I want my fans to be in that same frame of mind. You can go out and get completely fucked sometimes, but you can also be healthy and fit at the same time. You know what I mean?
LM: Yeah I totally understand what you mean and isn’t being outside the box the epitome of being rock and roll anyway? Plus your performances are so fast paced, I imagine you have to stay fit.
Ellie: I’ve got to be! I can’t bear the thought of not being fit. Someone told me Beyoncé used to sing while on the treadmill or while she was out running to get used to dancing and singing at the same time. Quite simply you can’t sing if you’re out of breath…oh, wow! I am just looking out the window and there is a guy climbing over a high metal fence, how is he gonna? Oh never mind he has it, he’s gone. There’s a lot of weird stuff going on here in San Francisco! Across the street someone just said to a friend, “Oh my God, you did not just fucking rob a liquor store?” and she was like, “Yeah, I sure did!” I was like, “Oh my God!”
LM: I am sure you ran into your fair share of oddities in Portland as well.
LM: Getting back to the being fit on stage. I was in the crowd and dripping sweat by the end of it. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be on stage. I remember thinking it reminded me of seeing Chris Martin on stage and how he practically runs a marathon on stage.
Ellie: Oh, wow! Amazing!
LM: Now getting to your album, Lights, which I love! Tell us a little about making it and your favorite parts of it.
Ellie: Well, the song “Human” just came out of nowhere. Without even trying it totally captured what I was feeling at the time. Sometimes I feel like I’m a bit stupid and I don’t know how to put into words how I feel. And also I don’t know how to word it into a pop song, but that one for some reason just rolled out,”Human behave yourself/you have burst at the seams/let it all fall out/open your mouth/often I lie wide awake/think of things I can make/but I don’t seem to have the parts to build them”.
In a simple way, those words described the fact that I felt there was something there that I couldn’t quite make or whatever. It captured the fact I didn’t always feel complete and felt like rubbish sometimes. It’s like if I have done something I am not proud of or I feel I have been a bad person, I write about it and that’s sort of my way of forgiving myself.
LM: You also tackle a Sir Elton John classic on Lights (“Your Song” *which she recently sang at the reception for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge). You pulled it off so well! Was there any fear taking on such a big song?
Ellie: Loads of people were like, “Oh my God, you’re doing an Elton John cover?” And I was like “Why is that such a big deal?”
I guess why it wasn’t a big deal to me is that I still see myself as that person doing acoustic covers at an open mic night. To some people it’s so huge, like, “Oh Ellie Goulding is doing an Elton cover” or “Ellie Goulding is doing a Rihanna cover”. I used to do covers like that all the time, so for me it just wasn’t a huge deal. When people were like, “Well, now you’ve done an official cover” and then it went to number one. I got a little scared, but I heard that he said he really loved it and it was a sigh of relief for me.
LM: So you said Coachella was your last stop on tour, what’s next?
Ellie: Well, I have a big London show this summer at Somerset House. It sold out in a couple of hours which is amazing. Then I’ve got two Ireland dates, because I have quite a nice little fan base in Ireland, so I’ll be doing a couple shows there. I love going back to Ireland! It’s like my favorite place, so if I can keep going back there to do shows it’s amazing for me. I could pretty much spend my whole life there, so yeah, that’s cool! Then I really, really need to start writing my second record!
LM: …and we are definitely looking forward to that!
Lights by Ellie Goulding is available everywhere including iTunes.
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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