Interview: Ella Rae discusses how traveling impacts her music, and shares debut single
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Pop artist by way of London and New York, Ella Rae, recently debuted her single "Someone Else." The single was produced by Maggie Rogers and Wet's Doug Schadt, and mixed by David Oversby-Powell, known for his work with Years & Years and Ellie Goulding. "Someone Else," in a press release, is described as a "soulful pop gem (and serious bop)." 

Rae has recently been signed to New Torch Entertainment who's also signed Betty Who and rock band COIN. A unique aspect about Ella Rae is that she has an intense fear of the underground, and instead of riding the subway or tube, travels by foot, relieving her anxiety. She clocks more than fifty miles a week in her current home of NYC by walking or running to every business meeting or studio session that she has in nearby Brooklyn and Soho, among other NYC spots.

AXS: Why did you choose NYC to pursue your music career? Do you think you'll stay in NYC? 

Ella Rae: I find that I write more in NYC than anywhere I've been. Since the day I arrived, I became aware of an energy that seems to inspire my writing. However, I travel regularly to Nashville, London and LA. Traveling is very important for inspiration too. I think I will stay in NYC for some more time, but I find I am most settled when I'm moving around. I recently went to Iceland just for the day and wondered if I could just live in an igloo and write songs all day! It actually crossed my mind...So who knows where I will be next!

AXS: Of all of your travels, which has had the most emotional impact on you with your songwriting? 

ER: I went on a songwriters retreat in Glastonbury in England this year. There were about 40 writers all living in this beautiful house in the middle of the countryside for a week. I remember arriving on the first day feeling very anxious and not quite sure if I was going to like it. However, I can honestly say it was one of the most special experiences I've had. I met some wonderful people, wrote songs, learned about reiki, drank too much wine, and sang songs round a campfire till the early hours. It was special. One I won't forget. 

AXS: With your debut single, "Someone Else," what do you want listeners to take away from it?

ER: "Someone Else" is a song written for the 'free spirit'. However, it portrays a sense of sadness and trouble at times. It's about how sometimes we just simply 'dont know how to be'.  I want listeners to be able to relate to this feeling but to also know that we shouldn't be too hard on ourselves. It's okay to feel lost at times. We don't always know how to 'Keep it together' but that's okay. In the end, we are just human and figuring all this all out as we go along. 

AXS: Are you working on a new album/EP? 

ER: I am. I have spent the last six months in the studio writing and now the EP is been produced. Excited to share soon!