Elle's Exploration to a New Path and Sound in "Rise": An Exclusive Interview

The MIC is very excited to sit down with Elle, an Italian producer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. From his journey working with a major label, being in a band, becoming a humanitarian, and releasing his own solo music, we discuss it all in an exclusive interview with Stef from The MIC!

SJ: Welcome, Elle! Thank you so much for joining us on The MIC!

EL: Thank you, Stef, for having me here!

SJ: As soon as I read a little bit of your background, I was instantly intrigued. Just to set the framework for everyone reading, you’re an Italian producer, musician, and songwriter currently based in Scotland. You made your musical debut in 1999 as a songwriter for BMG and EMI. Tell us what that experience was like and how you got started in the music industry.

EL: At that time, I was playing in clubs in Rome with my band. I took our demo to a local radio station and gave it to a DJ. He listened to the CD and passed it on to his friend, Paolo D’Alessandro, telling him that he had found a little gem. Paolo had gone from an independent record label to BMG publishing, and as soon as he listened to the demo, he wanted to meet me. He became my manager. Soon, I had a publishing deal with BMG on the table and, less than a year later, a recording deal with EMI Music. I could not believe it. In a year, I had passed from the garage to release my debut album with a major label.

SJ: So you found success pretty early on. From being one of the first rappers in Rome to winning the “Best New Artist” award in Italy to MTV features. Were there specific pressures associated with these victories, or just pure excitement?

EL: I don’t know if I was the first rapper in Rome, but I was certainly among the very first. I was a child. It was exciting to see the rap scene born in Italy. It was an original way, for the time, to convey our emotions, our experiences. I spent a lot of years playing in the club, but then, at one point, it all happened very quickly. Having a successful debut album has not only generated pressure but also a feeling that is difficult to explain: you find yourself inside a vortex. Thousands of people greet you, ask you for autographs, offer you contracts, love you, and hate you. Until the day before, when you had the appeal of a nerd, and the day after, everyone was looking for you. The success comes with an incredible challenge: to hold in mind, tightly, t