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Ellie Goulding has already conquered the UK. The 24-year-old’s first full length album Lights shot to #1 on the UK chart in 2010 and she took home The Critics Choice Award at the 2010 Brit Awards.
Goulding’s Lights was just released in France earlier this month and we’ve been listening to it on repeat ever since!

Thanks to Ellie Goulding
Thanks to Sarah Wall
Interview Thierry Jaussaud

Your cover of Elton John’s “Your Song” is your first single in France, what made you choose that particular song?
Well I actually didn’t choose to cover it, I did it for a retailer, John Lewis in the UK, and they decided they really loved my version of it. Quite a few girls did it and they decided they liked mine the most. They used it in an advert and it became crazy over here because it was on every day and everyone was like “who’s that singer?” and all my music before had been really electronic so when that came out and everyone heard my voice…

Has Elton heard it?
Yes, he has. He really likes it.

After the re-release of your debut, Bright Lights, you’re now recording your second studio album. What can we expect to hear from that?
I have no idea. I know it’s going to sound different. It’s just kind of a matter of really spending a lot of time. I write things here and there, I’ve recorded things here and there, but it’s always a matter of experimentation. I’m just kind of crossing things off basically and seeing what connects. I never wanted to just say, “Well, okay, I want to make this kind of record. This is how it’s going to turn out.” I really believe in things happening and not over-thinking too much, so I’m waiting to hear the song that makes everything click together for the second record.

For your first album, you worked extensively with Starsmith, and then for the re-release you worked with a couple other people: Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons, Fred Falke. Are you primarily going to be collaborating with Starsmith? Or with other people, do you know?
No, I think because I simply because I can, I’m going to reach out further. It might not be with someone well known, but certainly someone I believe in. Somebody new and up-and-coming. I want to find someone that I want to have a connection with. At the time, both myself and Starsmith had a very strong connection, and so we kind of just went for it, but it might not be the same case for the next record, so I’m just going to wait and see what happens, and see who I meet in the next few months.

Do you have a favorite song on the album?
I think « Animal » is probably my favorite. It has such a good feeling about it. It’s the one that I enjoy the most live as well. It’s just about having an obsession with someone.

What’s your earliest memory of music?
I used to play clarinet. I went to this orchestra weekend thing. And my mum and my uncle were in the car – they drove me back. And I had my sweets – my mum had bought me a pick n mix. And my uncle used to make mix tapes with Judge Jules and Pete Tong and this really epic House and Gospel, like You Got The Love, that stuff. And I remember singing along to it all when I was very young and being able to do it all. Which was a big contrast to going to university and then listening to folk and indie and things like that. I think, knowing electronic music from a really young age meant that as I got older, I was getting into more and more obscure stuff. And because I’ve listened to pop music all my life, I’ve got that pop sensibility, but I also love really alternative music. So it’s a good balance.

Who are your biggest musical influences?
Björk is one of them. When I was younger I was really into Lauryn Hill and Beyoncé but also grunge like Pearl Jam and Incubus. I like people with really interesting vocals so Björk is probably one of my biggest musical influences. I was absolutely obsessed with Debut and with the greatest hits album and I got the other albums and slowly became really, really obsessed so that’s why I’d say her.

You’re look has changed considerably over the last couple of years. Who influences your look?
Well, I suppose I’ve just grown up and got a bit more mature, and I used to just wear High Tops and American Apparel, and I wasn’t really as interested in fashion as I am now. I suppose I’m happy with my body, I’m happy with how I look, and I’m just learning more and more about stuff. I’m always learning about fashion. You can’t stop really. My stylist Lauren helps because she picks up things I wouldn’t necessarily go for. I look at something and it looks awful, I try it on and it looks beautiful. I guess that’s the power of shape and material. I’ve also become more into it because I’m surrounded by it all the time. If you’re in the spotlight then it’s kind of important. I think my fans see me as a role model, so sometimes I like looking good and glam, and other times I like looking like a tramp.

What are you listening to at the moment?
At the moment I really like The National and Wild Beasts, I really like Warpaint and Beach House. I love Jamie Woon and James Blake’s album is awesome.

So if you could work with any artist right now, who would it be?
I think it’d be Jamie Woon, I adore him!

It’s karaoke night, which song do you choose?
“Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston.

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