Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
I wouldn't say it was one event, but I think a huge catalyst for me was seeing artists like Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, and Miley Cyrus pursuing music. When I was young, those three really inspired me, and they still do.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career? I'd say the craziest thing that has happened to me was recording my first, and currently only, music video. Every aspect of the process from start to finish was surreal. I've never done anything even remotely similar. I was so shocked by what it was like, but not in a bad way.
What has been the high point of your music path? Probably the past year. While I haven't done as much publicly as I would have liked to, I have never gone through a more extreme period of artistic growth. I have experimented with what I wanted my message and image to be as well which has brought a lot of clarity to the work that I'm doing. All this behind-the-scenes work has made me into a completely different artist and I would definitely call it a high point.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like? It usually starts with an itch to write a song. I'll sit down with either my piano, guitar, or my ukulele and just see what chords I come up with. I don't put too much thought into it at this point since I can always change my mind. I then just sing what I'm feeling until I think of something I like. Then, once I have some basic chords and lyrics, I go back and make everything sound more polished and cohesive. Sometimes, though, I'll just be sitting there and I think of a line. When that happens I just try to get to an instrument as soon as possible and see what happens.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be? I think it's harder now than ever to have complete creative freedom. Artists always get told not to take risks in their music until they're very well established. This stifles a lot of what makes music good, especially indie music. Even something like my choice to do an album instead of an EP didn't go unchallenged by the people close to me. I guess I would just say I wish there was more room for "error", for the creative process and growth that make music worthwhile.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why? Hayley Kiyoko, no question. She has done such amazing things for the visibility of queer women, especially queer women of color. I admire her and her music so much and it would be such an honor to perform with her.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Once I've figured out my setlist the process is fairly simple. I almost always perform alone now, so there's no coordination with other people required. I'll just sit in my room with my instrument of choice and record myself. I'll listen back and correct where it's needed. I'll do this pretty much as many times as I need to. I'll also perform in front of my family. I know they won't sugarcoat it and they will tell me where I need work.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it! That would be a song off of an upcoming album. It's called Lilly. I originally wrote it a year ago and I didn't stop making edits to it until just recently. It's about a fictional girl who goes through a series of abuse, and it highlights a lot of themes I'm very passionate about. Even as someone who has gone through chronic trauma and abuse, it's hard to tell that kind of overarching story in a way that feels right. It also serves the purpose of introducing most of the major themes on the album, so that was additional pressure. I'm really glad it came out the way it did, though.
What's coming up in the future? I don't know when it's going to be coming out, but my next big project is a new album. It feels very different from the things I've done before, but it feels so right to me. I haven't been in the studio for it yet, but I will be working on it as soon as I can. I can't wait to see where it goes.
Tell us where fans can access your music? Stream on Spotify
About Elliot Wren Elliot Wren is a pop indie singer-songwriter from the Boston area. They identify as non-binary & use they/them pronouns. Elliot has been writing for over ten years, with their biggest influences being Taylor Swift, Colbie Caillat, Avril Lavigne, Melanie Martinez, Miley Cyrus & Alexi Blue. Now 20 years old, Elliot Wren has already established themselves as a respected independent artist in Boston, performing with other local artists & organizing singer-songwriter events. In 2019, they performed in over 40 tour stops with All You Got Tour for performers aged 24 and under, and performed at First Night Boston. Their freshman and sophomore singles, RIP My Diary and Good Luck were greeted with overwhelmingly positive praise from multiple publications for their raw lyrical style and expressive sound. Their newest single, “Girl In The Flower Patch” will be available on all streaming platforms on 8/20/2. This new song is a brand new vibe for Elliot and leans more on the folky story telling genre. They also have their sights set on an album release in early 2022. Follow on Instagram For more information on Elliot Wren, please visit her website.