Today we are very excited to be talking to Eleni C, a London based up and coming pop star who is about to release her brand new single Tug of War. The track is an anthem projecting strength withing a past toxic relationship. The song discusses about how to walk away from a situation that has turned manipulative and broken. I caught up with Eleni to find out all about the track and how she has kept creative in lockdown.
Hello Eleni tell us three unknown facts about yourself?
I have a degree in Media & Communications
I’ve grown up with lots of pets, from Rabbits, Cats, Dogs and Parrots
I never watch scary films
How did you get into music?
Since I remember myself I was always singing and dancing. I knew I wanted to be a singer; it was the only dream I would never let go.
Who do you find your inspirations?
My inspiration for all my songs are a reflection of everyday life written not simply to entertain but to also give a different perspective to the listener, to make them think.
Tell us all about your new single Tug Of War?
This song is the final chapter of a destructive love. Like I’ve said in previous interviews
“Sometimes the hardest thing is to let go of the person that you love the most. We tend to forget that love shouldn’t hurt but if it does we should love ourselves enough to let go.”
How long did it take to write the song?
That was a four hour session or so in the studio. We all knew the story behind the song we just needed to write it. Of course we did go back to it but it was pretty much done in those four hours.
Where does the inspiration for the song come from?
Everyday life inspired me. Lets just say I wrote a real life story on a music sheet that had to be said.
It is a really catchy song, I can imagine that it will be a fun song to perform live?
Oh, yes I have just finished going over the choreography for it and I love it so I can wait to perform it live.
Tell us about how you have been making music in lockdown?
At home really over zoom sessions but it wasn’t the same. It feels different when we are all in a studio. But I can’t complain we have written some amazing songs.
What is the most challenging thing when it comes to producing a record?
Sometimes it’s the mental block, when you try for hours to find the right word or phrase, other times it’s conveying the right emotion.
How do you warm up for a show?
I do my vocal exercises and I listen to feel good music. If I have my dancers with me we go through the routine after doing our stretches.
What is one of your favourite songs to perform live?
‘I don’t give a damn’ its energy is unreal and I always get a positive vibe from the audiences that tend to love the rebellious streak of the song.
What is the toughest songs to perform live and why?
‘One last time’, because I really have to have a balanced breathing technique when singing and dancing.
How have you been keeping creative during lockdown?
Reading, and talking with my friend finding ideas and reworking cover songs.
Has it led to lots more songs?
Yes, I can honestly say it was one positive aspect of lock down.
Our site also is about improv – in a music sense, what have been some of your favorite improvised melodies that you have created and been able to use in songs and why?
Even though improv in a music sense has always been part of my creating process, I can’t say that a lot of the improvised melodies have made it into the final song. The only one I can think of now is in an upcoming release called ‘black and white.’
What is your favourite song you have ever written and why?
‘Lies’ is one of my scheduled releases for 2021 and I absolutely love it. It is a very emotional Ballard and it has stolen my heart.
How do you go about writing lyrics? What inspires you?
Everyday life inspires me, but sometimes I get a word or phrase in my mind which can sometimes act as the foundation for a whole song.
What are your plans for 2021?
Releasing my new music as well as hopefully performing some live shows Covid-19 permitting. Also I am planning to continue with my school tour performing my music and talking about mental health.
And finally why should people check out your music?
My music has elements of sass, power and strength. And ultimately it has a beat that allows the listener to feel good