Ella Vos Talks Her New Album “SUPERGLUE” Out Now and More
Ella Vos, Photo By: Christina Chi Craig
Ella Vos, acclaimed vocalist and songwriter, has released her new album SUPERGLUE. Max Hershenow and Tommy English produced the track “Mindreader.” I had the pleasure of talking with Ella Vos about her new album and her journey with music. Keep reading below to hear about Ella Vos and her music career.
Where are you from?
“I grew up just outside of LA, so I’ve always lived in California. I am very much an LA/California girl.“
When did you get seriously involved in making music?
“I always played music and I studied classical piano since I was 5 years old. When I was in college, I joined a band and started writing pop songs. I always had this dream of being a songwriter and I was really scared to pursue it for most of my life. When I was six months pregnant I started writing songs for my solo project and that really inspired me to pursue this career as an artist.“
Is being a musician something you have always wanted to do?
“I definitely always wanted to be on stage, I was kind of open to whatever would get me there, I was drawn to it. I joined the band when I was 12 years old and I think that was the first time I was really like ‘this would be a dream of mine’. My parents and I were always watching live performances growing up and my dad would be like ‘you could do that, you could be on that stage’. It was always something in the back of my mind, but it really wasn’t until I was 29 and pregnant that I was like I’m going to do this. I had a viral moment on Spotify and that’s when I realized it was something I could do. It gave me a lot of confidence.“
What are some musicians that you get inspiration from?
“I feel like I’m always referencing Bowe, The Beatles, and Lana Del Rey. When Born to Die came out I was an immediate Lana stan. She really inspired me to become an artist. She has such a unique way of songwriting. Also, a lot of Joni Mitchell. Honestly, my music background is so eclectic. I went through so many different phases with so many different genres. I pull from all of those. For this album, I listened to a lot of Shania Twain. I was inspired by the directness and simplicity of her lyrics.“
How would you say your upcoming album differs from your previous ones?
“It’s a lot more playful and it defiantly experiments with different sounds. It’s not as minimal. This time I was co-producing so I was in the studio going through the sounds and being hands-on for it with Tommy, my husband. With my previous work that wasn’t the case, I wasn’t allowed to be in the studio. I wrote the songs differently, I started writing songs on the third day of the pandemic lockdown. I started writing songs with guitar which I had never done before. Tommy and I would have these dates nights, we called them ‘disco Thursdays”. We would have some wine, smoke some weed, and then go into the studio and make a new dance jam.“
Out of the tracks you have released, what is your favorite?
“That’s hard, they’re all my babies. I really love ‘Mindreader’. I love the process of making that song. When I started it, it was on acoustic guitar with a single bass line. I was in the kitchen with my friend. It’s a really different song for me and everyone. I had to really fight for it to keep working on it. It was a labor of love.“
What is your favorite line from “Mindreader”?
“I love the second verse. It feels really sexy to me. It goes ‘We’re slipping all over the floor/There’s no one else I’m waiting for’. I like all of the lyrics from my ‘Mindreader’ though, it’s hard for me to pick one. My favorite lyric from the entire record though is from ‘Glittering Tears’. It’s the end of the chorus and it says, ‘Wish you were there for my worst/But I’m kind of glad that you weren’t.’ It’s about going through a hard time and wishing you had a partner there but at the same time not wanting them to experience me then.“
What is your favorite track on the upcoming album?
“‘Glittering Tears’ because it’s one of the most unique songs I have written. I feel really proud of it.“
If you could collaborate with an artist, who would you choose?
“An artist that I would really like to collaborate with right now is Caroline Polachek. I love her new album. She would be really cool to collaborate with. Her voice is incredible, and her songwriting is so unique. I met her once at a gathering and she was so nice, cool, and down to earth.“
If you could leave your listeners with a message, what would it be?
“Whatever you’re going through, if it’s a rough patch, it’s important to go through it and let it change you instead of going around it. You will be transformed by it in a positive way if you are open to it.“