Sunday 25th February 2018
Elesa Marmo is a singer/songwriter from Long Island, New York. She’s been writing music since she could remember. After many years of wanting to pursue music, as well as releasing music as part of the indie duo The Wilts, Elesa most recently released her debut EP, titled “Clear Blue,” which has been produced by Greg Almeida (of alt rock band VISTA). Growing up listening to a large variety of mainstream pop artists, her original music is heavily influenced with electronic sounds and soft acoustic feels and blends those sounds perfectly. I catch a moment with Elesa to find out how it’s all going since the release of her first solo EP.
Hello! Please could you tell me about yourself, how it all started and at what point you decided to make a career out of music?
Hello! I’m Elesa. I’m a singer/songwriter from Long Island. I’m 23 years old. I’ve always wanted to be a musician, I remember watching all my favorite pop stars when I was little perform and all I wanted was to be on stage just like them. Once I taught myself guitar and could put music to my lyrics is when it really set in that this is what I want to do.
You have recently been part of the successful indie duo The Wilts. What was the decision behind moving away from this and pursuing a solo career?
I think we both just really wanted to make our own stuff. We made one EP together but unfortunately didn’t get to play live shows together. He’s great though, he’s got music out as his solo project called Lated and he’s in a band called Shorebreak as well and he’s so talented so definitely check him out! We will I’m sure do some shows eventually but we just wanted to kind of explore our own styles and find ourselves musically.
Your first EP “Clear Blue” was released in January. How are you finding the response to your music so far?
Everything I’ve seen has been so lovely. The responses have been so positive so far so I’m over the moon!
How did you find the process of putting your EP together, and did you face any hurdles that you had to overcome?
Everything was just so exciting and new to me having full creative control and just really finding my sound. I don’t think there were really any hurdles, I guess maybe some writers block at some points but it really just all flowed out.
What about the final track listing, were there tracks any that didn’t make the cut?
I always knew I wanted a four track EP so I really focused on making four really solid songs, I was proud of but of course as a writer I have my book of songs from when I was a kid to now of lyrics.
How did the opportunity come about to work with Greg Almeida, and how was the experience for you?
We went to college together and he did The Wilts EP and we always said during that process that we wanted to work together. The experience working with him was incredible he really knows so much about the production side and he would help me so much with writing as well and just made the songs sound exactly how I wanted and would hear things I didn’t even think of to add to them.
Could you tell me about your writing process, and how you know when a song is ready? Being a solo artist do you have anyone to bounce ideas from?
It’s different every single time. Usually it’s lyrics first for me but it can be music first. Greg really was the person I went to with lyrics and ideas and we would take it from there.
Who are your biggest musical influences, and how have they encouraged and helped you to develop your sound?
Stevie Nicks has always been an idol of mine. I love Lorde as well and her style and Carly Rae Jepsen, me and Greg listened to her while making this and we love her so much. I love Miley Cyrus too I’ve always been a big fan of hers.
What’s the music scene like in Long Island, and are there any venues in particular that you enjoy performing at?
It’s small but it’s nice. I think being near such a big city it’s great too. I haven’t performed live yet since it’s the first EP but there’s some venues of course I wanna try out!
What are your plans for the year ahead, and what live dates do you currently have lined up?
I’m currently working on getting the production ready for some live shows so that’s my focus right now. I’ll hopefully make some new music and just see where this takes me!