Meet Elliot Lee! This Brooklyn-based artist fuses dark pop melodies with edgy vocals and innovative electronic-rock soundscapes to create an unpredictable sound, acting as a voice for the voiceless.
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Can you recall the moment when you thought you could be a musician? What do you think motivates you day in and day out? How has that changed over the years?
It’s not that I ever thought I “could” be a musician, there was just a point at which I knew that I had to be. I felt like my life had hit a dead end and the only choices were either to jump off the edge or to sit down and start building a bridge. My music is that bridge for me and my fans have been there to help put the pieces together. They’re the ones who motivate me every day; knowing that they find comfort and validation from my music makes me believe that I have a reason to exist. I never used to feel that.
How do you think your hometown has influenced the kind of music that you make? If not, why is that?
I don’t really have a hometown since I moved around so much as a kid, and I think that has influenced my music in an all encompassing way. I was always an outcast, and I never stayed in one place long enough to feel like I was part of anything. Music was the one consistency; it was like a leash that kept my identity from jumping out of the car window whenever we moved to a new home.
Growing up, how important was music in your life? Was your family and friends supportive of this career choice? If you weren’t a musician today, could you see yourself doing anything else?
My family has been incredibly supportive of my choice to leave college in order to do music, as well as everything that’s happened since. And I’m not great at having friends, but the ones I have kept have been by my side every step of the way.
I don’t think I would be alive if I hadn’t trusted my gut to make this U-turn in my life, but I think I would have been a Philosophy Scholar.
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all? What has been the best part?
The fact that I’m surrounded by the kindest fans on the whole planet is something I couldn’t have possibly imagined. Whenever I scroll through my comments I feel so full of love and acceptance. That’s been the best part, too.
I didn’t expect to have to deal with people who don’t believe that I know what I’m doing/talking about just because I’m a girl, but I welcome the fact that it’s teaching me how to stand my ground.
What was the inspiration for your latest single, “Pink (Freak)”? How do you think it prepares listeners for more music from you?
Pink (Freak) is like an all encompassing introduction to who I am as a person. I’ve never fit in, and I’ve never understood why people feel like they should force me to. The way we see the world is different for every single person, existence is so subjective and individuality shouldn’t be reigned in. I’m comfortable when I’m wearing pink cat ears and platform boots, some people are comfortable in all black, some people just like to wear whatever fits… None of that should dictate what we are allowed to say/feel/do and whether we should be believed when we talk about whats in our heads.
What was it like making the bright and colorful music video for the song? How creatively involved with the making of it were you?
I was totally involved in the whole process! I helped to plan the video, styles myself, did my own makeup, and some of the shots were on my bed. I was even in the editing room sitting in the copilot seat 🙂 It’s always amazing to work with people who really trust my creativity and my vision.
Do you have plans to release more new music soon and a full collection of new songs?
There is a lot of music on the way super soon, I promise. ♡
How do you think you have grown as a musician since you first started making music? What if anything has stayed the same about your music-making process?
I grow more in tune with myself every time I write a song. When I first started, I was focused really hard on songwriting “rules” and it definitely hindered my creativity. I’ve learned to focus more on intuition and less on conforming to expectations, and I make sure to never lose the honesty and rawness that I had when I started writing.
How do you feel about social media? What do you think social media has done for your career so far?
Social media is the best thing my introverted self could ever ask for. I can’t network IRL to save my life, but I’m fortunate enough to live in a time where all of my connections have been able to come from social media. It can be difficult to not get sucked into the validation trap that social media sets, but at the same time that’s exactly what has helped me to be more confident in myself as I share more and more of who I am unapologetically.
What musicians would you absolutely love to work with in the future? Who has been inspiring you and the music that you make?
I want to work with some badass girls like Ashnikko and BENEE! I’m inspired so much by unique women in music, I reaaally want to do some hardcore vocals like Maria Brink!!
Where would you love to hear a song of yours played?
I really want my music to get popular in Korea in general so I have an excuse to visit!! 저는 한국을 방문하기 위해 한국어를 열심히 공부하고 있어요! 🙂
Also I used to go roller skating a lot in high school, so it would be awesome to see people skate to my tunes.
At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
I hope you take away the pieces of my music that help you heal. I want everyone to know that you’re not alone and that you don’t have to cut off pieces of yourself in order to find a place where you deserve to exist. Life can be hard and we should be allowed to talk about every part of that, and if you can’t speak for yourself then I’ll be your mouthpiece.