He is a Musician/songwriter and he’s very VERY talented! I first heard Ellis when I was walking along the beach town Manly and saw a huge crowd gathering around, I went to see what all the fuss was about and I started to hear an electric guitar, then I started to hear a drum, and then someone started singing. Being honest I was expecting some kind of band, BUT it was just Ellis playing multiple different instruments! I couldn’t even master the recorder at school so I was blown away and so was everyone else as many started filming him and doing the classic head nod (I’m sure you now what I’m talking about). Once the song was over he revealed it was actually an original and was going to be his new single, straight away I typed his Instagram handle into my notes and knew I had to find out more about him. However instead of me telling you about Ellis it’s probably best to hear it straight from him. These are the Magic Eight questions with Ellis Hall:
1. What equipment do you use when performing?
I use a Bose loop pedal so as you probably know, I play something live and I record that small piece of the music which I can reuse during the song. I have a drum machine that I loop to create the beat, a device that turns my guitar into a bass guitar to play the deep notes which again I loop. I have various pedals to provide different effects for my guitar and have a device that uses the chords from my guitar to produce a harmony for my own voice instantly so it sounds like I have backing singers. I just want to say that EVERTHING I perform is live and NOT pre-recorded!
2. Growing up what type of music did you listen to and how has it changed?
Music is and has been a huge part of my life both my Mum and Dad love music – Dad and I use to, and still do sing harmonies on car journeys – I pretty much grew up listening to the music on my generation as well as the music of my parents the 70’s 80’s and 90’s – my very first live concert was my Dad’s favourite band, a band out of New York called Steely Dan. I remember how all of my family was impacted by the tragic passing of artists like Michael Jackson and George Michael. I went to see the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody with my Mum, Dad, girlfriend, Aunty and Grandparents – 3 generations of music fans. In fact my Dad and Aunt were at Live Aid! I love funk, RnB, EDM, pop folk, in fact most any type of music.
3. When you went travelling where was your favourite city you visited?
The most amazing time I had was in India – Varanasi – the most holy place for the Hindu religion. I was shocked by what I saw and still remain humbled by the people’s happiness with so little. It is a great reminder to enjoy every day.
4. Singer/songwriters have started becoming very popular, how did you start writing your own music?
I wrote my first song “Butterflies” when I was 14 – I am proud of that song and very grateful to what it lead to. Generally a melody comes to me, so I develop the melody and then I see how it feels and add the words. It is such a rush when other people sing the words that I wrote.
5. How was your experience being on reality T.V?
It was awesome and such a privilege. To get a chance to be on stage with some of the worlds best musicians, set designers, producers, vocal coaches etc. It was amazing I am so grateful for all three of my experiences – the last show I was grateful to be part of was ‘The Voice’ – to meet such talented singers and hang out and learn from them. To have time with people like Boy George and Delta Goodrem was such a privilege. Being on these shows made me completely certain that all I ever want to do is make and perform music. The other thing I learnt is that music is not really a competition - how can you compare the voice of MJ to Bruce Springsteen, or Taylor Swift to Justin Bieber - it is not possible it is about personal taste.
6. Who is someone you would love to collaborate with?
Ed Sheeran – met Ed when I was 14 years old my Grandmother know a relative of Ed’s and we got to go back stage and meet him. He spent quite a bit of time with me and advised me to learn a musical instrument – so I chose the guitar! To have a chance to say thank you and do anything with Ed would be – well I have no words for what it would be like!
7. Do you have any stories from busking?
I have performed in front of 5,000 + and on national TV but I have to say busking on Manly Corso in the warm afternoon sunshine is awesome. I just love busking! To be doing what I love and for people to choose to stop and stay and listen for a while is such a cool thing – its takes me and other individuals to make it happen and then if they had a good time to put a couple of $$ into my guitar case, as their way of somehow saying ‘thanks’ is such a magic feeling!
8. Being in the music industry, what is the biggest lesson you've learnt so far?
I have learned that I have a gift, to sing and play and make music. Whilst this can give meaning to others it is lets be honest not saving peoples lives, I am not a surgeon. If doing what I love can bring any happiness or joy to others then that is a complete bonus as I hope that I will remain kind and grounded as I will only get to do the things I love with the support and kindness of others.
Thank you again to Ellis! I highly recommend you check him out on all his social media and watch out for his new music!