What have you been up to since we last spoke in 2019?
Oh wow, that seems a lifetime ago after the year we’ve all had! I spent the latter half of 2019 touring around Europe, which was a lot of fun and I got to play some really cool venues and house shows! Then for the last year, I’ve been focussing on releasing singles, so I put out Blank Walls, New Sin, and now Delete It. It’s been really great to explore my sound over the last year and write with some really talented songwriters.
How has COVID-19 affected you as a music artist?
There’s definitely been pros and cons, obviously, I took a massive hit from not being able to perform and put on shows or tours, but I could focus on other areas like Social media and marketing. It did also give me a lot of time to reflect on my songwriting style and I’ve spent most of the lockdown collaborating with other writers and artists via Zoom, which was a lot of fun. Delete It was actually written during my first Zoom co-write with Beth Keeping.
What can you tell us about your latest single, “Delete It”?
Delete It is all about trying to communicate via text and overthinking every single word of a message that you just end up deleting anyway!
I think this last year has shown us all how difficult it is when you can’t communicate properly with people and have to rely on technology and all the anxiety that comes with it.
It’s basically an anxious bop for anyone who’s freaked out when they watch the other person ‘typing…’
How have you evolved as an artist since your debut album, “Earthbound”?
I’d say I’ve veered a little more into a pop-sound with these latest singles, so I’m definitely still exploring as an artist. Through co-writing I’d say I’ve learned new songwriting techniques and strengthened my own craft. I’ve also had time to really focus on the marketing side of music, which has been really insightful and I’ve enjoyed putting run promo campaigns together!
You’re scheduled to perform at the British Country Music Festival in September? IS this the first tour date you’ve had since COVID hit and, if so, how important is it to get back out there in front of an audience?
Oh, I can’t wait to perform live again, I’m hoping I’ll be able to slot in some dates before then, but if not it’ll be a really epic comeback gig! I’ve built up my online following in lockdown so I’m really looking forward to being able to play for them in person, rather than through a live stream.
What’s next for your career?
I have a couple more releases up my sleeve for this year and my plan after that is to just write lots and lots of new music, with a view to writing a second album. I’ve had a couple of exciting opportunities crop up this year with publishing too so hopefully I can announce those soon.
Let the readers know where to find you online.
You can find me at my website www.eleriangharadmusic.com, or really anywhere on google search.. I have an unusual name, which definitely helps me stand out as an artist, so if you can spell it you can find me! I’m active on my social media, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter and you can listen to my music on all of the usual streaming platforms!