Missguided Discovered: J Elle
We caught up with North-London based artist and songwriter J Elle to find out more about her music, life in lockdown and her new song, Face It.
Born into a Greek Cypriot family, J Elle has been passionate about music since a young age. Not only does she write hits for singers such as Celina Sharma, but she’s also a vocalist, releasing songs as a solo artist.
You can often hear her singing about love and heartbreak, she also revealed to us that she is working on some unreleased sexy female empowerment songs, which we cannot wait for. Scroll down and read the full J Elle Q+A below.
Hey J Elle, thanks for chatting to us, how are you?
Hey, thanks so much for having me! I’m doing good, still on a high from release day, best feeling ever!
How has the reception been to Face It?
So far it’s been really good. It’s always daunting releasing a new song, even if you love it, you never know what the reception is going to be like. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that they can relate to it a lot because they’re going through a breakup and it’s helping them get by. That’s kind of top tier feedback, you want people to resonate with your music, so when they do its amazing.
Who is your dream artist to collaborate with?
It would have to be a collaboration of more than one. I’ve been obsessed with Kehlani since her YSBH mixtape in 2015 and Kiana Lede more recently and then adding bad gal Riri to the mix, I think that would be the ultimate bad b*tch anthem.
Which of your songs means the most to you and why?
Take Me Away still feels like my baby. That song opened a ton of doors for me. I was actually thinking the other day how grateful I am that I kept the song for myself, because at one point I was going to give it to another artist but something was telling me to keep it and I think I made the right call. Face It is super special to me too, it’s much more of that RnB sound that I grew up listening to and wanted for so long to put out a track like it.
How has lockdown affected your creativity?
Lockdown has been a weird one if I’m honest, but also made me realise just how therapeutic writing is for me. I got some sad family news and my instant reaction was to write a song about it. It’s also been nice to just write on my own and just explore things myself for a while.
What were your favourite albums as a teenager?
8701 – Usher, was one of my first proper albums I remember listening to. My brother is a huge RnB head so he always put me on to music. Justified – Justin Timberlake has to be one of the best albums of all time in my opinion. Also Writing’s On The Wall – Destiny’s Child was one of my favourites too. I still listen to all these albums today.
What do you like to do when you aren’t creating music?
Well, I’m planing my wedding so that’s taking up some of the time that I’m not making music. Thankfully I have my mum to help me with everything too. I also love food, me and my dad have a new thing where on our birthdays we surprise each other with a new bougie restaurant with incredible food.
What do you wear to feel most confident when performing?
I love 90s inspired stage outfits. I feel most confident in a pair of baggy cargo pants and a tiny crop top, with my statement gold hoops and a nude lip. Or anything that’s a co-ord, obsessed.
What’s your proudest career moment so far?
I think as an artist it’s got to be performing at Manchester Club Academy and people actually knowing the lyrics to my song. As a writer it would be writing Lean on for Celina Sharma ft Emiway Bantai and the reaction that song got. Over 16 million YouTube views, 3 million Spotify streams and Radio One plays too.
Quickfire questions with J Elle 🔥
- Favourite comfort food – Chicken Ramen 🍜🤤
- Describe your style in 3 words – Quirky, 90s, feminine
- What song do you listen to before a night out? – Sex With Me – Rihanna … any chance I get, I’ll play the ANTI album, sexy, amazing, she’s just a queen.
- Last show you bingewatched? – Breaking Bad (I know about 100 years late) I tried to watch it twice before but I persevered this time and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever watched,
- Most used emoji? 🤣🤣🤣 because all I do is laugh all day at my friends, they’re all weirdos and I love it.