Ellie Goulding Makes People Want to Eat Her Hair
Ellie Goulding is on some new shit. She’s entering 2013 fresh off a breakup with producer Skrillex, but is pretty optimistic about it. Ellie comes equipped with a fan base that wants to eat her hair and bake her cakes. And why not? The follow-up to her debut album Lights, titled Halcyon, is some “real tears” magnificence that translates just as well on stage via her Halcyon Days Tour as it does blaring through some ear buds – or in her case Beats By Dre headphones. Halcyon’s lead single “Anything Could Happen” is the official soundtrack to the Beats By Dre ads, featuring Ellie whipping her hair around in the commercial. Considering her heavy hand in writing and producing her work, it’s the reason why she’s been perfecting her tour performances with various instruments that give her what she wants: you know, that “womp womp” sound. In addition, you can catch her on stage beating the guts out of a floor tom, something Ellie’s become known for her throughout her steady ascent into superstardom. When she’s not doing badass things like banging on drums and shooting guns, she’s being a totally normal (sometimes hungover) chick, who was raised on Eddie Vedder and has a personality as awesome as her music. Ellie keeps things candid (and hilarious) with VICE, as she talks about her tour, her unease with being a sex symbol, her breakup, and her creepiest fans.
VICE: What are you doing differently from the Lights Tour with the Halcyon Days Tour?
Ellie Goulding: It’s way more “live.” There’s hardly anything on track anymore. Not that there really was before, but everything is like live now. Everything is live and everything is the right kind of sound, but it’s also something visual. I wanted there to be a proper band as well for the performances. The smallest things amuse me, like the fact that Simon plays bass and there will be this trigger where the string reverberates and you can make that really cool dubby “womp womp” sound. I can’t really describe it, but it’s a really cool sound. And I’m doing a bit more with my voice and stuff. I’m adding “Hanging On,” which I’ve never done before. It’s just going to be way more happening. It’s a bit more of a show than before.
Have you added anything strange to your tour rider?
No, just healthy stuff. I’m really boring; I should say something strange.
I knew of an artist who added a dartboard with their ex-girlfriend’s face to their tour rider.
Why would they do such a thing? I don’t hate anyone.
Right? People do some weird shit after a breakup and add it to a tour rider.
Wow. You know I’m not with Sonny [Skrillex] anymore…
So the rumors are true. Sorry to hear that.
It’s alright. I’m fuckin’ happy. Not because of that, but because I’m fuckin’ happy in general.
It must have been hard doing the long distance thing.
Yeah, it was shite. It was rubbish. It got to the point where we didn’t see each other for up to two months, and it was like, “This isn’t going to work.” You know how people say, “If you love someone that much then you’ll make it work?” That’s not true. The nature of what we were both doing at the time was never going to grant us a fair chance or a fair shot. And it’s fucking cruel and sad. But, saying that, I just feel like I’m in a really really great place at the moment.