Wednesday Q&A: Eurielle
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When I heard Eurielle’s debut single ‘Gold‘ for the first time, I was intrigued. It’s mysterious… Seductive… It’s soothing and angelic… It’s almost like listening to Enya’s twin sister!

I wanted to know more about her! What is she all about, what makes her tick, what can we expect to hear or see in the (near) future? While her single is seductively mysterious, Eurielle was surprisingly open:

The Dutch Guy (TDG): Can I borrow 20 bucks?

Eurielle: That’s funny, I was about to ask you the same thing!

TDG: Can you describe yourself in one sentence?

Eurielle: Not easily, but I’ll try… I am driven by several things, but the underlying fundamental force that steers my actions is love; love of other people, nature, sports, science, literature, dance, art and of course, music, and I have an irrepressible passion for life in general which causes me to be both indulgent and generous in equal measure, which you can probably tell from this rather elongated sentence!

TDG: What are your roots?

Eurielle: I’m very proud of my roots, and consider myself to have been incredibly fortunate in this regard. I come from an idyllic part of North Yorkshire; the daughter of two instinctively musical parents who supported me in my ambitions right from a very early age when it became abundantly clear that there was only really one thing that I wanted to do – sing! At the age of 4, I started attending dancing lessons at Kirkham Henry Performing Arts School, and this was followed by singing and piano lessons from the age of 6.

Meanwhile, I juggled all of these things with school, and my other passions which were sports and horse riding; at one point, I was dancing 5 nights a week after school, having already done sports at school, then I’d go home and practice my piano and singing, and most weekends I was usually participating in either singing, dancing, or horse riding competitions, so I had an extremely busy and varied upbringing, and my natural tendency to be very competitive meant that I took everything I did very seriously!…

Little has changed since then in terms of my approach to everything I do; I am very much a product of my roots.

TDG: How long have you been working on your debut EP?

Eurielle: I started working with my producer, Ryan Laubscher, in late 2010. Since then, we have worked almost continuously to produce an entire album of 14 songs, from which the EP songs were chosen and released late 2013. Each of my songs takes a month and a half on average to produce because there is such a huge amount of detail that goes into them, and both myself and Ryan are perfectionists so we spend ages refining the songs until we are happy with them!

It also depends on the song itself; some of them flow out very easily whereas others go through several transformations before finally forming into something that I am satisfied with. Either way, it is a lengthy process, but one that I absolutely love!

TDG: How would you describe your sound?

Eurielle: The most common comparison that people come up with when they hear my music is Enya, but my sound has also been compared to Evanescence, Dido, Bat For Lashes, Kate Bush, Madonna and several others.

Personally, I would describe my sound as a fusion of classical and contemporary styles; I take the best of both worlds and combine them together!

As a result, my songs are very ethereal, atmospheric and cinematic, and according to the response I’ve received, people also find them very moving. The latter gives me the greatest satisfaction; after all, isn’t that what music was made for?

TDG: What’s involved in your songwriting process?

Eurielle: The songwriting process is very much a collaboration between myself and my producer. As I mentioned earlier, we were both classically trained; myself at The Royal Academy of Music and my producer at The Royal College of Music in London, and that training has a significant impact on the way we write music together in terms of the melodies and harmonies, the chord structures and progressions, the presence of a climax within each song, the way that the vocals and instrumentation interact with each other, and the overall stylistic essence of the music.

I don’t want to give too much away about specifics as that would spoil the mystery and reveal my secrets! However I will tell you this; we always start with the melody first. This is the most important part of all of my songs and it is the seed from which the rest of the song grows and matures. Myself and my producer are always experimenting with my sound and trying to do different things with it, and I think that is reflected by the stylistic variety within the EP and even more so within my album which will be released later this year. I am incredibly excited at the prospect of continuing to develop my sound in the years to come!

TDG: Which aspect did you enjoy the most while working on your EP?

Eurielle: I can’t choose! I love every moment of being in the studio working on my music, the writing, the recording, the production… Hearing a song develop from infancy into a fully fledged piece of music is the most rewarding and satisfying process I have ever experienced.

TDG: Who or what inspires you the most?

Eurielle: When it comes to writing my songs, I draw inspiration from several sources. I am fascinated by human emotions and moods and this usually forms the core subject matter in my songs. People often misjudge me because on the surface, I always appear to be very calm and controlled, but beneath the surface, I harbour a lot of pent up emotions and so I use music as the vehicle to express and release those emotions.

So I guess you could say that most of my music comes from within; the product of my own personal experiences combined with what I have witnessed of the relationships between other people. In stead of writing songs based on specific events, I depict fictional stories and characters thus placing the emphasis on the central emotion of the song and hopefully allowing anyone who hears it to be able to identify with it and relate it to their own experiences.

In addition to our humanity, I, like many others, find myself drawn irresistibly to mythology, legend, and fantasy, and each of these subjects have infiltrated my songs to varying degrees. We all need a little escapism from time to time, and I get much of mine by writing songs based on fantastical subjects.

Another rich source of inspiration for me is nature. For me, there is nothing more beautiful than the natural world, and the purity and adventure it offers is so enticing that it I cannot resist incorporating it into my songs every now and then! Even when it is not overtly present in the lyrics, it is often reflected subconsciously by the colours and textures within the music, and the way the melodies and instruments interact. Nature is effectively omnipresent in all of my songs.

TDG: How important is connecting with fans for you? What kind of connection do you have or do you like to have with them?

Eurielle: Connecting with fans through my music is my ultimate ambition. I think every singer-songwriter shares the same craving for recognition and appreciation from their fans. As far as I am concerned, if I succeed in connecting with my fans and moving them with my music, then I have fulfilled my deepest need, and my purpose as a musician.

Music facilitates the ability for me to connect very directly with my fans because it reveals to them the most honest and open version of myself; I essentially bare my soul to the world through every song that I write, so in a way, that connection is very intimate.

TDG: And social media is a big help in your opinion?

Eurielle: Absolutely. As an independent musician, it has been especially important to me as I have gone about the process of building my fan base and raising awareness of my music. When operating on a tight budget, it is a crucial tool for self-promotion, and one which also helps you to establish your image and brand.

TDG: What do you do to stand out from all the rest on social media?

Eurielle: It’s incredibly difficult to stand out on social media, especially as a musician where the competition is so fierce. Bearing in mind that most people have a very short attention span when it comes to social media, I prefer to let my music and videos do the talking, and I try to ensure that the quality of my posts is always high and that they are relevant to my music and my brand, and they are as clear and concise as possible.

Consistency is another important factor that is crucial to allowing people to become familiar with your material and to be able to remember it.

TDG: What is the biggest misconception people have about you?

Eurielle: For the most part, where I’m concerned, what you see is what you get, so there aren’t really any big misconceptions about me. However, occasionally, I’ve found that some people seriously underestimate what goes into making the material that I produce – music, videos, pictures, performance etc (the list goes on…). Suffice it to say that as an independent artist, it is tough going; there is no team of people running around doing everything for you. You have to think of, and do everything yourself. Being an independent artist means being much, much more than just a musician!

TDG: Who is currently on repeat on your iPod?

Eurielle: Hmmm, I’m liking several people at the moment! London Grammar easily take the prize for ‘best new discovery’. Their music has a real class and sophistication about it, and it’s reassuring to see a band that is producing ‘proper’ high quality music, and doing extremely well. I’ve had Gorilla by Bruno Mars playing a fair bit too; this song is like musical dynamite, and it’s reminiscent of the good old days back when songs were big, bold and truly musical! It saddens me that pop music has become so sterilised and generic nowadays, so every time I detect signs of proper music making a comeback, I get very excited. I think the public is yearning for an overhaul of standards in popular music too; you’ve only to look at the amount of people on Twitter searching for new ‘under the radar’ artists to see that.

Other artists that have a permanent place on my repeat list are: Evanescence, Ne-Yo, Robyn, Goldfrapp, Bjork, Beyonce, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson and Queen.

TDG: What’s the best piece of advice you ever got when you started out and you think it would help other aspiring artists/bands?

Eurielle: Always be yourself, and trust your instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it, even if a music industry professional advises you to do it. If it doesn’t feel right, chances are, it’s not!

TDG: 2014 is funky fresh, but what do you have in store for us this year?

Eurielle: If I told you that, I’d have to kill you! But, I suppose it won’t harm to drop a hint?… 2014 is set to be a HUGE year for me; I’m working on something really big. Do you get my drift? Everything I have been working towards all these years is about to come to fruition. My time has come, and I’m going to throw everything I’ve got at it, including my deeply treasured Debut Album.

Failure is not an option.

TDG: Got any last words of wisdom you wanna lay down on us before we wrap this up?

Eurielle: The music industry is a perfect example of a book that you should not judge by it’s cover. Don’t be fooled by the glossy pictures, glamorous clothes and screaming fans. Behind the scenes, most of the time it’s a very different story! The recording industry is a particularly prickly patient, and one that is littered with pitfalls, heartbreak and people generally looking to take advantage of you at the first opportunity they get. To have any chance of succeeding, you need to be strong, determined, hard working, hungry, business minded, surrounded by a good team, able to make tough decisions, and of course – talented! It also helps to have financial support, whether that be from personal or official sources via awards etc.

If you’re thinking of pursuing a career in this industry, be honest with yourself about whether you’ve got what it takes, and whether the people around you are able / prepared to support you when things go wrong, because they almost always do at some point. I have been very fortunate in this regard, but others are not always so lucky.

Lastly – if you have absolutely no intention of getting into the music industry, and you’re just reading this because you’re bored and you’ve stumbled across it randomly on the internet, I have just the thing for you: check out my YouTube channel or visit my website at
eurielle.com. I promise you won’t be bored for much longer…

Check in with Eurielle on:
Twitter: @Eurielle_Music
Facebook: /EurielleMusic
Website: eurielle.com
iTunes: Eurielle’s single ‘Gold’

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