For nearly three years now, Ellie Goulding has steadily been taking over the airwaves. Whether it's vocal features on the hottest new EDM tracks, dominating on her own with singles from one of her two platinum albums, or appearing on remixed tracks from the world's biggest producers, the pop starlet from the English countryside continues to make inroads and gain momentum. We recently caught up with Goulding at her London flat for a chat about matters of love and the importance of connecting with her audience rather than selling them a fake story.
Westword: Love and heartbreak seem to be the two most common themes in your albums. How are you able to translate your life experiences into your songs?
Ellie Goulding: I have the right kind of people around me, so I am able to be honest, because I suppose the thing that I've always tried to do is be as realistic as possible but keep it surreal — it doesn't have to be real or how I describe it. It's something that I've always been fascinated with. [Love] is such a powerful thing. It can conquer the most powerful person. Human beings are so powerful, but love can conquer.
Ellie Goulding, with St. Lucia, 8 p.m. Friday, February 1, Ogden Theatre, 935 East Colfax Avenue, $36.50-$40, 888-929-7849.
What do you think the most important lessons in life are?
What are priorities? In life? My priorities in life, if you really want to know them, are that I'll keep writing for a long time, hopefully. I am always looking for inspiration in music and reading books. That is my priority: to keep performing, and growing as an artist, and finding out where the hell I am going to go. I have a nice situation in London — I love it! I have great friends and I enjoy living here, but I'll be on the road for quite a long time.
What would you be doing if you couldn't perform?
I'd probably be a personal trainer. It's the complete opposite of what I do. I want to do things where I can use my body and keep fit and keep healthy.
Is that something to do that you've fallen into with a hectic touring schedule?
It's the one thing that I rely on that never changes. It's been my other passion, though I haven't been doing it so much lately. But I love it, and it's something that is purely an endorphin release. I like my body being fit.
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Aside from the upcoming tour, what do you have planned on the horizon?
Just excited to see what this year brings, really. Keep performing, pushing the record, and I think I am going to release some more stuff, if I get a chance to finish the side project.
What's the side project all about?
It's more of an electronic side project with my friend Benny Blanco, who's worked with Britney Spears and Ke$ha. He is super-talented, and I have done a bit of stuff for that already.