Sam: What prompted you to pursue music in the first place? Did you grow up in a musical family?
Elliana: My grandma was my very first piano teacher. She grew up playing the organ in church and definitely passed on that love of music to me.
Sam: Where did you grow up/where are you based now?
Elliana: I’m born and raised in Orange County, CA.
Sam: Were you interested in any other hobbies growing up as a kid?
Elliana: Music was the thing that kind of stuck. My mom put me in piano lessons at the age of five and it’s been the accomplice to my love for music ever since.
Sam: When was the moment you knew you wanted to pursue music as a career?
Elliana: That desire to pursue music has always been there in me, whether I knew it as a career option or not. It’s always been my biggest and deepest dream to spend my life writing songs and singing, and I think I’m just getting my bearings that I can actually do this for the rest of my life 😉
Sam: Were there any roadblocks and if so, how’d you overcome them?
Elliana: THERE ARE ALWAYS ROADBLOCKS LOL. A big one for me lately has just been my own mind. There’s always a fear of this whole music thing not working out, but deep down inside I know this is what I’m supposed to do with my life so I try my best to live in the confidence of knowing that gut feeling and chasing after this dream hard and fast.
Sam: What was your first bit of success in the industry?
Elliana: When I released ‘Nirvana’ I definitely felt like it was a moment of “oh wait, maybe I can actually do this with my life”, HAH!
Sam: Tell us about your creative process. How do you take an idea and turn it into art?
Elliana: I like to think of myself as a writer first. I love sitting at my piano and piecing together words or thoughts I’ve been thinking for too long and putting a melody to it. Usually it all comes rushing in a moment. I typically can’t start a song without finishing it at my piano otherwise I loose that moment and it’s hard for me to get back to.
Sam: What’s one of your favorite songs that you’ve written?
Elliana: I feel like my songs are my children and I can’t pick favorites. ‘BMW X5’ makes me laugh every time I listen to it. ‘Everybody Else in LA’ is savage and I love that. ‘Dancing With You’ makes me sad and I haven’t listened to it since I heard the master because I wrote it about emotional abuse, but I’m proud of the lyricism in it. I think my favorites are yet to be written though 🙂
Sam: What are you working on right now?
Elliana: EP round 2 / album???!!!!!
Sam: How was the release of your EP?
Elliana: Sooo amazing. It felt like such a weight lifted off of me, but in a beautiful, celebratory way. As a songwriter, I tend to live with the stories I tell until it’s released for people to hear. I held onto that EP for a bit, and I was really ready to not hold onto those stories and that season of life anymore, so I’m happy it’s out for the world, and I can’t wait for the next round.
Sam: What’s next for you?
Elliana: finishing EP 2, getting ready for my first album sometime next year, touring, figuring out what I’m going to wear tomorrow, reordering my skincare routine ‘cause I’m all out, etc…