Crowned Best Female Solo Act at the 2016 Unsigned Music Awards, we caught up with all-round mega babe Elle Exxe to chat career highlights, the relationship between music and fashion, and advice for emerging artists.
Tell us about yourself…
I’m a massive dreamer and I love making things…usually music.
Describe your sound in five words…
Big beats, ballsy but beautiful.
What was your big break into the industry?
I think it was a combination of things happening all at the same time – I got my music synced to a Google Advert and charted in the Music Week Top 10 and got booked to play a headline show at Koko in London all in one week.
When and how did you discover your passion and skills in music?
I was always drawn to music when I was a kid. I first tried composing something on the piano when I was 6. I wouldn’t say I was skilled though, my dad said the composition was pants and I needed lessons, but at least the passion was there!
What’s been the proudest moment of your career so far?
Gigging in New York. I’ve always dreamt of performing internationally and New York is such an important place for music, so to be invited to play 4 shows out there was a real honour for me…and I worked damned hard for it so of course I was super proud to be there.
Best gig you have ever played?
Concorde 2 at Great Escape Brighton earlier this year. The crowd were so into it – the energy was electric.
If you could collab with anyone who would it be?
I’d love to collab with Jack Garratt, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. That’d be a fun mashup.
What 3 tips would you give to emerging artists trying to break into the industry?
- Make sure you’re really good at something specific (e.g. a vocal style/production technique/songwriting form etc.) and be the best at it.
- Socialise, make friends and be kind.
- Collaborate with your friends…if you don’t know who you are yet, you’ll be sure to find out when you work with friends.
Who inspires you in the industry?
Lady GaGa – she inspires me to be fearless and to never shy away from what I’m passionate about.
Who is your guilty pleasure most played?
I feel no shame! Probably OMI – Cheerleader though.
Favourite music video?
Lady GaGa + Beyonce “Telephone”.
What’s the last thing you listened to?
Are You Real – Beware of Darkness
What song do you want to be playing as you walk into the club?
Shakka – Say Nada
Best song to get ready to?
Diva – Beyonce
What item of clothing can’t you live without?
Thongs/g-strings. I can’t stand VPL’s, and I’m not into going commando. So thongs are essential!
What items do you make sure you pack on tour?
My thigh high white boots – they’re a staple. Multiple white playsuits for stage – there’s never any time to wash things when you’re on the road. A giant hoodie to hide in and get warm, during soundcheck.
Who is your style icon and why?
I have too many! But my top 3 are:
- Daphne Guiness – she oozes class and I envy her avant-garde wardrobe.
- Jeremy Scott – he’s got pop culture down to a fine art. I love his sense of humour with his designs as well.
- Gwen Stefani – she just always looks supahh flyyy.
Where do you look for fashion inspiration?
I take a walk around London. There are so many fashionistas and creatives wondering around and peeking in all the shop windows always gives me ideas. I usually like to take things and customise them to work for me better.
What best describes your style on stage?
I dance all over the place on stage so I like to wear playsuits cause they give me the freedom to move around without worrying about flashing anything I don’t wanna be flashing. I wear all white with contrast outlining, sometimes in a 2D/3D illusory way. I’m obsessed with contrast and contradiction in art so my stage outfits are an extension of that obsession.
What’s your favourite fashion trend this season and why?
Around this time of year, almost every year, velvet starts trending. I LOVE velvet. I love wearing it and I love everyone else wearing it, I could sit and stroke velvet all day.
If you could steal anyone’s wardrobe who’s would it be?
I’ve already said I’d love Daphne’s wardrobe. But I’d love Rihanna’s as well.
Why do you think the relationship between music and fashion is so strong?
The connection between creativity and self-expression is so strong, fashion and music both share that.
Leather or denim?
Tattoos or no tattoos?
Heels or flats?
Red lips or nude lips?
Instagram or Twitter?
Kylie or Kendall?
Rock or rap?
Rihanna or Beyoncé?
Festivals or clubs?
Ibiza or Vegas?
Music or food?
Beach or pool?
Dogs or cats?
Nights out or nights in?
Gold or silver?
Maxi or mini?
Like what you see?