Ella Romand’s refined and distinctive sound has already been making waves with FRISKY listeners around the world; her guest mix on Bespoke Musik and her Artist of the Week set reaching a total of over 35K and capturing two top 10 spots on the FRISKY 2020 Deep House Charts, drawing attention with their creative, melodic, and well-crafted journeys. Now she will be bringing a fresh new show to FRISKY’s DEEP channel with the premiere of Ellaments. Intending to introduce listeners to up & coming artists and labels, Ellaments will feature Ella’s unique style and well-developed ear for quality selections while taking you on an emotional ride from start to finish.
What were some of your first defining experiences or albums which inspired you to pursue electronic music?
I remember clearly when Sasha announced the launch of his album “Involver” back in 2004, and even though I was already a big fan of his productions, that album was definitively a turning point that inspired me to pursue my career as a producer. That same year, I quit architecture school and enrolled in a Music Production course in Curitiba, Brasil, and 2 years later I moved to the U.S. to get my degree in Music Technology.
While I read that your first introduction came from progressive DJs in the late ’90s / early ’00s you have established your own modern style of deep, minimal, and melodic – was there a point when you felt that you had “found your own sound”?
Throughout the years playing as DJ, I believe that you start developing your own sound and taste, and the more I played, the more refined that taste became, both as a DJ and producer. Although I think we are constantly evolving our sounds through new styles and influences, the last 2-3 years have been more defined in terms of having my own sound, especially with production.
Has your approach to creating / sharing music changed since you first began?
Most of my productions start with me playing the keys, as that is the most natural way for me to “create” a track. It hasn’t really changed over the years, although when you work with other people, you always learn something new. It’s evident that the way we share music has changed drastically in the past few years (even more so this last year with the pandemic) and I think we either have to adapt or we will fall behind.
What are the most important factors for you in creating a DJ mix that represents your style? How about in your productions – do you feel that your tracks each have something which is definitive “Ella Romand”?
In a DJ mix, I think it’s all about taking the listener on a journey where they will feel like they’re transported somewhere, while keeping them in the “mood” (hence my preference for melodic tunes).
In terms of production, I think the common ground is that my tracks are rich in melodies, while searching for unique sounds – it could be a loop that I recreate, or using paper clips box instead of shakers. I’ve used sandpaper and bird sounds into my productions in the search for unique sounds, so I think the “organic elements” are what I am always looking for.
Which emotions or feelings would you say are most prevalent in your music? Are there any messages you aim to share?
That is a great question. I would love for my music to touch people’s feelings, to make them go deep into themselves and hopefully, to elevate them and bring people together. If I can achieve any of the above, I would already feel accomplished 🙂
What has been one of the most rewarding moments in your career so far?
Probably my most rewarding gig was when I co-produced and performed with New World Symphony orchestra, with 88 musicians for over two thousand people in the audience, back in 2018. I produced 4 original pieces for this event, and to hear your music being arranged and performed by a full orchestra was definitively one of the best moments of my career!
What about challenging moments? Was there ever a time when you weren’t sure you wanted to continue with music?
There are definitely challenging times, where you question yourself and your abilities, and those normally come when you compare yourself with your artists in an unhealthy way. But I honestly don’t know what else I would do if I didn’t do music, so my passion is what keeps me going.
What is your favorite part of being a part of the underground electronic music industry? Is there anything you would change about the way it is today?
The best part of being in the underground scene is not following trends. The fact that we can be original and do what we love. The hard part is being judged, but hey, you can’t control that so you just got to keep doing what you’re doing.
Can you share with us more about the concept behind Ellaments? How will it be the same or different from your previous popular guest mixes?
The concept behind Ellaments is to highlight up and coming artists and labels. Since I started it. The original concept was to have me talking in the beginning so I could explain a bit about the artist and label behind the track, but for Frisky radio show, we will let the music do the talking 🙂
What are you most looking forward to about having a show on FRISKY?
I am truly looking forward for Ellaments to have a home, and also the fact that I can share music with a new audience that maybe never heard the music before. Hope you enjoy it!