Well, apparently Ellie Goulding is top of the BBC Sound of 2010 list which means she’s destined for big things this year!
This news has given me a new excuse to procrastinate today while I’m working from home.
I don’t know whether it’s just me, but when I’m working from home, I tend to get a lot more done, but feel a lot more guilty when I’m not actually doing any work. In the office, me and my boss laugh and joke and show each other stuff on the internet – I’m quite happy to have Facebook open permanently (I CAN multi-task). I also have a work Twitter account, which also throws up some interesting stuff. Then I get phone calls and have meetings and there’s so many distractions. Plus I have to travel there and back.
When I’m working from home, I tend to start looking at emails and stuff at about 8am and end up doing far more actual work, and yet when I’m not working, I keep feeling like I’m going to get found out! I wonder why that is.
Anyway, Ellie Goulding – as of today she’s suddenly got her name all over the news and the internet, and so I spent the last 10 or 15 minutes looking through YouTube videos of her at the Union Chapel gig in November. Mainly to see if I can see myself. Ahem.
I wonder how many other people do that. When they’ve been somewhere that they know has been recorded, they go and look at countless videos just to see if they can spot themselves a nd if they do, then moan OH MY GOD – do I look like THAT?!!? Was I dancing like THAT?? I look SOOOOOOOOooooooooooo pissed/stoned/fat/slutty/mental/like my mum*!!”
*delete as applicable
I’m sure that’s not just me.
Anyway – it was a brilliant gig, but Ellie was WAY down my list of favourite acts that night. Obviously I went for Florence & The Machine mainly (3rd time I saw her last year) who is perfect far the fantastic acoustics of Union Chapel (which is the most amazing venue), but close on her heels were the amazing Rodrigo y Gabriela – who I had never heard of at the time. they just completely fired the crowd up – and again, they were perfect for the venue.
Ellie had a good voice, but it was nowhere near as powerful or controlled as Florence, and I think Under The Sheets especially sounds far better once it has been produced etc, as I quite like the single, but live it was definitely lacking something. All of the Union Chapel gigs were acoustic and I don’t think that was really her strength.