Q&A: Ella Fence

Q&A: Ella Fence

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The music video for Ella Fence‘s latest single has just been released, and we highly recommend checking it out if you fancy a feast for your eyes and ears. We caught up with Ella ahead of the release to find out more about her career and the inspiration behind Cocaine.

Please can you tell me a bit about who you are and what you do?

I used to slay dragons and make music. Now I just make music.

How did you first become involved in the music industry?

I’ve been a singer since I was 4 years old. The music industry is a bizarre beast that I threw myself into in 2015 when I released my first EP, Wanderlust, produced with Dan Swift in Brighton UK and Ken Stringfellow in Paris, France.

What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career to date?

Juggling time and commitments, and also not eating my bodyweight in chocolate. It’s a constant struggle.

What’s given you the greatest sense of achievement to date?

I won a couple of Gold Coast Music Awards for the release of Unknown Water in 2015, which was super awesome to be recognised.

But, to be honest, the biggest achievement was seeing the look of pride on my mum’s face at my last show on the Gold Coast.

And when I performed as Snow White in a dark-twisted collaboration between La Boite Theatre Company, Opera Queensland, and Brisbane Festival last year. The Motel Tour this year was so fun and rewarding too. The band and I took over, and played intimate shows inside, motel rooms in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Sydney and Melbourne. Picture champagne, a full PA system, beds against the walls for soundproofing… it was wild. See HERE for episodes.

Can you tell me about Cocaine, and what inspired it, as well as what inspired your music video?

Cocaine is a song about experiences overshadowed by venom, and the art of freeing yourself. Vinnie LaDuce and I started writing the track about the feeling of being “on the outside” of the fun, and feelings of entrapment, when you’re searching for freedom.

I feel like through acknowledging those feelings within myself, writing this song, and releasing it, I’ve been listening to what I need more and am living a freer, more fulfilling life.

What’s next for you, career-wise?

Next up I will be supporting Christian Patey on a couple of the shows that he is doing for his single launch tour; Saturday 5 August at the Byron Brewery and Saturday 19 August at The Milk Factory!

There are more tracks in the vault from the collaboration I did with Vinnie LaDuce, so I’m planning to release each with their own conceptual story and artistic intentions- both visually and sonically. Plus a sneaky tour – maybe more secret shows like on the Motel Tour – where the band and I took over and played intimate shows inside motel rooms in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Sydney and Melbourne – picture champagne, a full PA system, beds against the walls for soundproofing. It was wild.

Watch the music video for Cocaine below!


Answers, Image, and Music Video Link by Ella Fence

Questions and Edits by Emma Kate Lewis

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