By Jeanine Kim
Brooklyn-based artist Elliot Lee fuses dark pop melodies with edgy vocals & innovative electronic soundscapes to create an unpredictable sound, acting as a voice for the voiceless. With her eccentric fashion style & unique sound, Elliot Lee is releasing her most authentic work to date.
Describe yourself in 3 words:
Moody, stubborn, & protective
Can you tell us a little bit about your playlist?
My featured playlist, Bubblegum Bops for Bubblegum Babes, has music that my fans and I love to listen to. I try to keep it clean and diverse in terms of both genre and a more human sense. I especially love to showcase smaller artists whenever I find new talent that I enjoy.
A lot of your songs are about struggling to overcome obstacles, both internal and external. How has music helped you conquer the challenges you’ve faced in your life?
Music has been a way for me to discuss things that I'm too afraid to talk about face-to-face. For a long time I just bottled things up, and it would bubble out in the form of oversharing to strangers/acquaintances, and that only made me feel more ashamed of my feelings and experiences. Now I can cry over a homemade beat or some chords on my ukulele, and people listen without being scared away or trying to get me committed.
Your style is very confessional, reminiscent of how young girls would share secrets with friends late at night. Where does that come from?
I always wished I had someone supportive to just sit with me and listen while I told them everything I was feeling and experiencing, someone who would just nod, braid my hair, and maybe even understand what I was going through. I had to be that person for myself for a long time, so I think I’ve become pretty good at it. Now I want to be that for others; I want to share the insides of my mind so maybe they feel comfortable doing the same.
What’s something you’d like everyone to take away from listening to your music?
The harder things get, the lonelier we feel. The lonelier we feel, the more dire it is that we find people who will be there for us and understand what we are going through. The truth is, we are never alone in what we are experiencing; the issue is that it’s hard to find our people when our people are made to feel like a burden for speaking up. There are others who feel the way you do, and I want to make it very clear that you are not alone and you are not a burden.
Who are your three biggest influences?
Twenty One Pilots is the reason I wrote my first song almost three years ago, because they made me break out my ukulele that was sitting in my closet, so I could learn the chords to their songs.
My late grandmother Colleen taught me to be myself unapologetically and nurtured my appreciation of the arts (among so many other things—I could write a novel about her). I think about her every day in almost every decision I make.
Listening to Lorde’s Melodrama when it first came out gave me the courage to be less ashamed of my femininity and youth. Her discography in general inspired me to take chances in my musical composition.
What’s your favorite thing about yourself today?
I love how open I have let myself become. I've stopped apologizing for being human and for feeling everything deeply. I have a lot of insecurities, but that is one that I worked really hard to destroy.
Favorite place in the world?
My bedroom! No matter where in the world it may be, my bedroom has always been my safe place.
Who’s one artist on your playlist we need to start following immediately, and why?
Bishop Briggs! She is the most genuine, kind artist I've ever come across, both on stage and off, and she is just so incredibly talented. She has inspired me to be more loud about my gratefulness.