The Moaning Times interviewed Ellie Goulding.
Award winning Ellie was born in Hereford on the 30th December 1986. She studied at Kent University and whilst there she was advised to take a gap year to pursue her musical talent.
Ellie used My Space to promote her music and singing talent in the early days of her career. Now based in London and signed to the record label Polydor, her second single "Starry Eyed" reached number four on the UK Singles Chart.
Ellie won BBC sound of 2010 and the 2010 BRIT Critics' Choice Award. She has also been nominated for many music awards including Q Awards 2010 Best Female Artist and Best Breakthrough Artist.
Ellie has performed at many festivals including Glastonbury and V Festival 2010.
Tracks from her Album 'Lights' can be heard on television hits such as, The Vampire Diaries and The Inbetweeners. Her cover of Elton John's "Your Song" from the re-released version of her 'Lights' album called 'Bright Lights' is used on the new Christmas 2010 John Lewis advert.
MoaningEditor: Thank you for giving us this interview. Firstly I would like to ask you;
MoaningEditor: What one thing do you miss from before you were famous?
Ellie Goulding: I suppose I miss being in a bubble when I was a student. I use to go to the gym, do gymnastics and taekwondo. I use to have two jobs and keeping myself to myself. I also miss knowing how much money I had.
MoaningEditor: What advice would you give to any up and coming musician?
Ellie Goulding: You need perseverance, a lot of hard work and do like I did and just get your name out there. I achieved that by using my space which was really the only thing about for me when I started.
MoaningEditor: What is the best part of being in the public eye?
Ellie Goulding: I really can’t say anything that sticks out. I suppose the fact I get free alcohol, all joking aside I can’t think of anything.
MoaningEditor: How did it feel to win the Critics Choice award at the Brits?
Ellie Goulding: I was so overwhelmed with it all really; I didn’t even think that I could win. It was good to know people believed in me. The result of this success was a great year for me and it has got my name out there even further.
MoaningEditor: Who was your biggest inspiration in life?
Ellie Goulding: Music wise I would have to say Bjork because she just seems completely fearless. I just think the song Hyper Ballad is inspirational, the sort of song that just uplifts you.
MoaningEditor: How would you describe your sound/music, to someone meeting you for the first time?
Ellie Goulding: I have a distinctive voice, my music is a mixture of folk and electronic pop my songs are very personal. Another thing’s is my songs have lots of guitars in them.
MoaningEditor: What is your routine before a gig?
Ellie Goulding: Well I always have one drink before I go out a bit of Dutch courage. I do press ups and stretching, also I do a 15 minute vocal warm up. When I have done all of that, I like to go and connect with the band because I believe it is important for all of us to be on the same page before we go out on stage.
MoaningEditor: If you could have gone into any other career what would it have been and why?
Ellie Goulding: I would have probably been a fitness instructor, specialising in something but obviously now that’s not going to happen.
MoaningEditor: What is your favourite song to sing and why?
Ellie Goulding: I would have to say the new single I’ve done, which is a cover of Your Song originally done by Elton John; it is also the song for the new John Lewis advert. When I found out I was going to be doing this song I listened to it a few times and really grew attached to it. The difference in my version is I have made the vocals much simpler and I feel that sounds a lot more personal.
MoaningEditor: What’s next for you?
Ellie Goulding: Well finish the tour and then I have another single coming out next year with tiny temper. I have my album out Bright Light and of course I will be doing the festivals too.
Thank you again Ellie for your time and giving us this interview.