Gig preview: Ella Eyre at Live At Leeds

Ella Eyre

Ella Eyre

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There aren’t many artists that pick up a BRIT Award before even their first single is released, but Ella Eyre, who will certainly be a main attraction at this year’s Live At Leeds, is in that select group.

Although only 20, Eyre has been making a name for herself since 2012 when she was featured on a Bastille song. Waiting All Night, her collaboration with drum and bass band Rudimental saw her collecting a BRIT Award for Single of the Year in February, and her debut single is scheduled to be released in May.

Eyre recently completed her first headline tour of the UK. “It was quite overwhelming, really, especially, because I haven’t really released much”, says Eyre when asked what it was like to perform to sold-out crowds.

Hailing from West London, Eyre is of Afro-Jamaican, Scottish and Maltese descent. Her R&B style has gained her a lot of attention, and, as well as Bastille and Rudimental, she has also been featured on songs by Tinie Tempah and Naughty Boy.

Having already released an EP, Deeper, last year, her début album will be released in the autumn. “Deeper was, generally, supposed to be like a taster, a light way in,” explains Eyre. “I think the album’s slightly bolder in terms of production. I’m very honest as well, the lyrics get quite a lot deeper and more in-depth.”

Eyre began recording this album a long time ago and says that the songs are very different now than when she started. “The songs are finished now. The production’s taken the longest because, obviously, the production’s moved along quite a bit since I first started three years ago. I’m a perfectionist as well, so it’s just one of those things of having to take my time, because I just wanted to get it perfect – you never get a second chance.”

Despite her young age, Eyre has accomplished a great deal in a short space of time, but what does she feel she’s given up in return for success? “Nothing! For me, this is what I wanted to do. It allowed me to express myself in ways that I can’t do in normal ways. I just love my job, I’ve loved doing it since I left school when I was 18. If anything, it’s slightly more anti-social than having a 9-5 because I’m here there and everywhere, but I love it and I’ve made some incredible friends along the way. My band are like my family.”

Live at Leeds runs at various venues from May 2-5. http://www.liveatleeds.com/

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