Spotlight Interview With Eleanor Idlewood
A new full album release from Eleanor Idlewood creates a massive soundscape with textured synths, digital beats and an a neon lit electro-pop overtone that whisks you away into another world altogether.
The Little Secrets album is vast and showcases ambient melodies that swim around the records atmosphere and builds it all with pads and sharp edged sounds that help each track tell a story of its own.
The record does somewhat play off like a concept album and it gives the feeling of being chased through a cyberpunk city at night. Lights streaking by on each side of you as you run.
This album was created from a place of fiction and it does have the air of excitement in a future world.
Idlewood did a wonderful job of layering percussion and distanced keys and tones floating through the ether of the songs.
The record has a touch of a 90's electronica vibe to it that just goes with its already synth-wave aesthetic and really touches on some of the sounds you forgot that you loved.
Idlewood experimented and made things work and each song is a form of expression.
With such an outstanding opus of an electronic record, we wanted to have a talk with Eleanor Idlewood about it all. Here's how it went down.
RAG: Okay so let's start with the Little Secrets album. This record is packed with some outstanding synth wave and ambient soundscapes! Where did this record come from?
Idlewood: "Little Secrets" Come from My Imagination. Talking about the "background" of the Album, "Little Secrets" come from the little success of my first single
"Lost Blue Boy" was released in December 2019. This song was featured on a YouTube playlist from a Huge YouTube Channel "The Prime Thanatos". People were like
"I Love this song" I was like "Okay, Let's make an Album".
Honestly, I Loved Working on this album.
RAG: I'm hearing some awesome electronic styles on this album. Who are some of your actual biggest musical influences?
Idlewood: My Actual Biggest Musical Influences, are Electronic Music from the 80s!
Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boy, Kraftwerk, Klaus Nomi, Yazoo, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Propaganda, Brian Eno.
But Despite the 80s, I have a lot of other influences like Testue Inoue, Blank&Jones, Martin Gore, William Orbit, Vince Clarke, etc...
RAG: How did this all start for you?
Idlewood: I Started Music Production when I was 11, My Bestfriend shows me Music Software and I Was so Into It. I Produced my first songs at this time.
"Two Minutes" the 9th track of "Little Secrets" is one of these old songs, I Composed this song when I was 14 in 2011.
Between 2011 and 2019, I Didn't Upload and Released songs. I Used to compose at this time but it's was a Hobby.
But in 2019, I decided, for fun to Write a Song About My Favorites X-men(Maggott) just for fun and to share with friends...I Loved my work
and I Decide to Released it and Voilà!
RAG: What's next for you as an artist?
Idlewood: I want to find an Indie Label and I Would like to do some Live Performance too.
I'm Still Working on my music, of course, I have a lot a Songs that are waiting to be released.
RAG: What are you doing when you're NOT working on music?
Idlewood: I'm Working as a Half-Time Barista at Starbucks. I Consider Music Production as my second work.
But I'm always Still in a Creative Process, even if I’m playing a video game or doing some Latte, I’m in a Creative Process.
RAG: This album feels like a lot went into it!! Any advice you have for other up and coming artists out there?
Idlewood: The Only Advice I Can Give it's don't try to do the same sound as another Artist or Band, You've had to find your identity, your universe
and for that, you can "mix up" your influences and add your "Touch".
RAG: Who are you listening to right now?
Idlewood: Right Now I'm listening to "Loverman" by Martin Gore and Fun Fact: This song was the inspiration for my song "Green Eyes".
But At this time I'm listening to some music from the New York Dancefloor scene from the late 70's-Early ‘80s; Alan Vega, Gray, Tuxedomoon...
RAG: Will we see any music videos from you soon?
Idlewood: About the Music Video, well...I've some ideas for "Lost Blue Boy" and "Tomorrow People", I'm a 3D Artist and Animator but I'm working alone and I Need
time to work on these ideas. I have a Demo Music Video for Tomorrow People but it's just a demo and I Don't like it.
RAG: What do you use to create your songs? Synths, home set up?
Idlewood: I'm working on Computer, for the music production, and I Use some VST synthesizer and Drum Machine but I also work with Physical Synthesizer from the 80s.
For the Vocals, I Use Vocaloid because I can't Sing. Vocaloid it's cool I Can create some weird effects for the vocals.
My Apartment is my home studio. and About Synth' I Use Korg Vocal Modular, Korg Ms-20, Retro machine Reaktor, CMI Fairlight and Next Month I'll buy an Emulator II VST, I Can't wait.
RAG: What kind of things inspire you to write?
Idlewood: As a Queer, Feminist, and Sci-Fi Lover, I'm inspired by these ideas. I Can write a song about feminist "Not Your Fault", Another about Pansexuality "Green Eyes" or just write a song about some Characters in a Post-Apo' World "Tomorrow People".
RAG: Before we go, what would you like to say to fans of the music?
Idlewood: I Would like to say, Thank You so much, I'm so grateful that you love my work and my madness.