Billboard Lounge: Elle Winston Interview

Nov 28, 2016

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Billboard Lounge - November 20 2016

Q: What do you see for yourself down the road with both your career and music?

A: I just finished my first album, so I am really hopeful that that opens some doors for me, and I am really hopeful that I can have a career that’s long and get to make different types of music and work with great artists.

Q: What is your most memorable experience as a musician?

A: That’s such a great question. This summer I actually played the Mile of Music Festival in a small town in Wisconsin, and it was the most amazing experience. Everyone in the town was so excited to have musicians there and to be a part of it, and I got play with a lot of different musicians and it was so cool!    

Q: At what moment did you know you wanted to be a performer/artist?

A: Probably always. I have been singing since I was very young in musical theater and I always sang in choirs and played in orchestra, so I have been performing forever. It’s never really been a decision it’s just always been. 

Q: You music is inspired by jazz, soul, with hints of blues/rock and spirited American roots, what artists have inspired your work? Top three.

A: Top three, I like that, helps me narrow it down! I love soul and funk music. lsley Brothers, James Brown are artists I really love. I also love and am very much into singer songwriters. I’m a big Fiona Apple fan, and I also love old 60’s and 70’s American roots music like James Taylor and Carol King. So I am excited to see James Taylor here in CBS RADIO’s “Holiday in Brooklyn” on December 12th.

Q: What is your go-to food in the arena?

A: I always get the buffalo boss salad. It’s top, don’t miss it!

Q: What does it mean for you to be standing on the stage where you usually work behind the scenes?

A: It’s really surreal but also really fun. I see so many familiar faces in the crowd, which always is just comforting, you know? It feels like home.

Q: Who has been the greatest supporter of your career?

A: I would definitely say my wife, my wife and probably my mom.

Q: Working at Barclays center - what is the most inspiring performance you saw here?

A: Great question. The Ed Sheeran show was amazing; I was just blown away by that show. He was a one-man powerhouse. It was incredible.

Q: What is your favorite place in Brooklyn to go for peace of mind and inspiration?

A: Awwe, that’s so sweet. I love Prospect Park, that is always a go-to. There is also a small café in my neighborhood called Cinnamon Girl, it just has two seats in the window, but when I am lucky and can get a seat I love just sitting there and having a coffee.

Q: What advice would you give to a young artist, like yourself, pursuing their dream?

A: I would say tell people about your music. You never know who you are talking too, you never know what space you are in and who might be interested in what you are doing. I would just encourage them to talk about what they do.