I'm so excited to get to share another installment of Q&A's with you all!! This time I interviewed and captured the incredibly talented singer/songwriter, Ele Ivory! Her words give a sweet little glimpse into the creative world of an Artist, and what lead her to this path. The images were shot on the set of her music video for "Car In The Driveway" (her newest single) which you can find on Spotify by clicking HERE.
Q&A with Singer/Songwriter Ele Ivory:
Q: How long have you been a singer/songwriter?
A: I’ve written little poems and melodies in my head for as long as I can remember, but around age 11 I started writing full songs on the piano. I loved being able to express myself and find my voice through writing.
Q: What made you want to get into music?
A: Growing up, I sang in the church. My dad was a music minister for several churches when I was a child, so music has always been an integral part of my life. I participated in musical theater for a while too. I was a very outgoing kid and performing was an outlet for me.
q: what is your favorite song to sing?
A: These types of questions are so difficult!! I love singing songs I feel an authentic connection to, so naturally original songs are the closest thing to my heart. However, for the past few years, “No Surprises” by Radiohead has been one of my favorite songs. John Spencer, Caleb Shamblin, and I collaborated earlier this year for a music video of my cover, which you can find by clicking HERE.
Q: What is your favorite song you’ve written?
A: That’s like asking a mother which kid is her favorite! I love them all…BUT if I had to choose: “Today I Found Out” & my newly released “Car in the Driveway” are pretty special to me. (Don’t tell the others.)
Q: What is the best thing about being a songwriter/musician?
A: Music, and really most creative vocations, take you into a lot of unexpected adventures. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories, so music has allowed me to make really cool connections with interesting people I never would have met otherwise.
Q: What is the worst thing about being a musician/songwriter?
A: I wouldn’t necessarily call this a terrible thing, but it can certainly be an inconvenient blessing when my writing brain kicks in when I’m supposed to be going to sleep. As a result, I don’t keep the most consistent sleeping schedule…That’s what coffee is for, right?
Q: Who or what inspires you lately?
A: Living in Nashville is a constant source of inspiration. Every day I learn about a new act or songwriter that I can’t wait to listen to. Seeing my fellow singer/songwriters work hard and release material they are proud of is encouraging. However, living among so many creatives has the potential to be suffocating if comparison kicks in. Every day I have to remind myself to appreciate the unique art of others without allowing self-criticism to creep in.
Q: What is one thing music taught you?
A: Flexibility while staying disciplined. Some gigs don’t turn out to be what I expect or a song I’m writing or co-writing might take a different direction, but I’m still required to book another gig and write another song because I love it and showing up is 90% of it. But I’ve also learned not to force things. Some times the song I’m trying so badly to write just won’t happen. It’s really a push and pull, and I’m learning to be okay with that. And I’m learning not to force things in regards to making connections within the music world as well. When you move to Nashville, all you hear is “NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK.” I understand the value in networking and I think it has its time and place, but so many genuine connections are sacrificed sometimes. I really enjoy organically meeting other artists and creatives and have found that the best friendships, musical collaboration, and growth comes from those natural relationships.
Q: Do you have a creative process?
A: My creative process is like my gym attendance: it depends on the day. I know some writers have a set routine, but I really enjoy every day looking different. However, I’ve always been a bookworm and I’ve noticed that if I’m not reading, I’m not writing. If I want to be creating great things, I know I need to be consuming great art as well.
Q: Do you ever get in creative ruts, and if yes how do you get yourself out of them?
A: UNFORTUNATELY, yes. I used to bang my head on the keyboard but I’ve discovered that it doesn’t help much. When I am in a dry place, I try to write something. Even if it’s ugly or unpoetic, it can help ease my perfectionism to just get something out. I try to remind myself that every song I write isn’t going to be “THE BEST” or “THE ONE.” If I can give the process some freedom, better songs will happen.
Q: What is your favorite genre of music?
A: I seriously love it all. If it’s a well written song, I’ll listen to it. I’ll also listen if it’s not well written. Oh, and I should probably mention my “all” doesn’t include screamo. Even that one early Paramore song with the screamo, I JUST CAN’T DO IT.
Q: When is your next show and where?
A: I’m in the midst of planning some house shows with a few talented friends of mine. Keep your eye on my website: www.EleIvory.com and social media @EleIvoryMusic to see when and where those will be.
Q: Where can I keep up with you and get updates on your music?
A: Any of the places listed in my previous answer, or by clicking HERE.