Elesa Marmo is an alt-pop singer-songwriter from Long Island who made her solo debut earlier this year with her Clear Blue EP. Having previously released music as part of the indie duo The Wilts, Elesa put her own stamp on the industry with her four-track EP, a combination of acoustic style ballads and electro-tinged pop.
Now, Elesa is back with her latest release ‘Strawberry Candy’. Produced by VISTA’s Greg Almeida (who also worked with her on Clear Blue), the track is a mesmerising blend of dreamy electro-pop which showcases her sassy side and further cements her status as an artist to watch in the industry.
We recently caught up with Elesa to discuss ‘Strawberry Candy’, her future music plans and more. Check out what she had to say below.
Congratulations on your new single ‘Strawberry Candy’! What can you tell us about the song and the inspiration behind it?
The inspiration is just from being ghosted but I wanted to make it more fun and sarcastic and have it sound like a turn on.
What was the creative process like? How long did it take for the song to evolve from an idea to the finished piece?
I came up with the chorus in my sleep funny enough and I built the song from there. It took a few months to record and mix everything and experiment with sounds.
What’s your favourite lyric from the track?
I love when you ignore me
Are there any plans for a music video for ‘Strawberry Candy’?
I really hope so! I’m definitely gonna try and see what I can come up with.
‘Strawberry Candy’ was recorded and produced by VISTA’s Greg Almeida, who you also worked with on your debut EP. What is he like to work with, and why do you think that you both gel so well together?
Greg is absolutely amazing to work with we just get along so well and he’s able to push me to challenge myself artistically and vocally.
Speaking about your debut EP Clear Blue, what was the response to it like?
The response was great! Everyone really seemed to like it and loved it live as well.
What’s the biggest lesson that you learnt during the creation of Clear Blue?
Don’t go based on what you think will do well. Base it on your passion for the art and what you’re proud of.
Are you currently working towards another EP or maybe an album?
For now I’m gonna start working on another EP, and eventually an album.
Do you have any live shows planned that you can tell us about?
I have a couple of things lined up but they’re not announced yet!
You’re also one half of The Wilts – can you tell us a bit about this project and how being a part of a duo differs from your solo career?
The Wilts are a project that I have with my friend Mike Scarola and we started it in college together and came out with an EP a few years ago. I love doing both but I think the biggest difference is the creative control you have as a solo artist whereas you share it with another in a duo.
2018 is quickly coming to an end. What’s been your highlight of the year?
The live shows I’ve played this summer. I’ve just had so much fun performing.
What are your plans for 2019?
More songs, more shows, hopefully some music videos!
‘Strawberry Candy’ is available now.