Prizm News / January 13, 2019 / By Brad Henry
By Brad Henry
Ellysse Mason is young budding artist from Manchester, UK. At 23, her sound beacons the early days of Sarah McLachlan’s, “Possession.” There is rich depth to her voice and music that cuts to the depth of your soul.
If this sounds poetic, it is. Mason’s work is rich a tapestry telling a story only few can do with such depth.
You were locally recognized in your hometown at the age of 14. What was like being recognized at such at early age?
It was a good experience for a kid at that age to have a platform to be listened to and appreciated, and that’s something I’m grateful for, to have something to say and have an audience to say it to.
Your music has been compared to Joni Mitchell and Massive Attack. The musical stylings range from singer-songwriter to trip hop and chill. How have the two bands influenced your work?
I have always found Joni’s voice to be unique, and it was the first thing that sprung out to me when I first heard her. There’s so much character and sometimes quirkiness to her sound, and I think that’s something I gradually applied to my music.
Everytime I listen to Massive Attack it’s like nostalgia. It brings out an emotion I must have had from a dream or something, because I can never quite put a finger on what it is, but the sound is euphoric and made me realize what was missing from my music in the first place.
How would you best describe your music?
It’s tough for me because I’m so close to it, but other people have described it as cinematic, folk pop? Maybe not all at the same time (Laughs).
What are the influencers and people in your life who help mold your sound?
My influences have changed drastically over the years, ranging from Taylor Swift, John Mayer, to Stevie Nicks and Bob Dylan to Moby, Lana Del Rey and Peter Gabriel. It comes down to who you are in that specific time in your life and who you feel like being. But nothing influences my sound more than the people around me. That’s where the experiences and emotions come from, and that’s who you write about.
Something no one knows about you:
Almost every place, person or object is represented by a color in my head (especially numbers). I always assumed it was normal and only recently discovered that it’s called Synesthesia.
Favorite way to relax and unwind:
Incense, tea and have everything organized. Rock and roll.
One person you could spend one hour with and what would you do:
Robin Williams and I’d be more than happy to sit there and drink tea with him, if I’m honest.
The one person you could record a duet with and why:
Joni Mitchell, so I could say I recorded a duet with Joni Mitchell.
Favorite song by genre:
Country: “Jolene” by Dolly Parton
Hip Hop: “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj
Rock: “How Soon Is Now” by The Smiths
Alternative: “Lucky Man” by The Verve
Dance: “All Night Long” by Lionel Richie
Disco: “Dancing Queen” by ABBA
The one song no one believes you would like:
“Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj
The one song you have always wanted to cover:
“Porcelain” by Moby