Elena Ramona

(C) Michael Sweeney

(C) Michael Sweeney

Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Woking based singer Elena Ramona to find out more…

Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
I am based in Woking, Surrey and was raised on the Greek Island of Skiathos, I first got into music at the age of 6 when I bought a little tape recorder for my birthday, I would record myself singing songs I had made up.

Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
I had a lot of different influences growing up, from The Beatles to Michael Jackson to Destiny's Child, these artists still influence me today along with a lot main icons in the music industry.

How would you describe your sound?
Old school vibes meets contemporary pop.

(C) Mei Demkova

(C) Mei Demkova

What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest release is called 'Soul Sing' the song is strongly influenced by Summer and the warm feeling of home for me.

What’s your local music scene like?
The local music scene in Surrey is great, there are so many young people around all wanting to showcase their music to a wider audience, so there are a lot of gig nights and opportunities to get your music heard.

What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I am in the process of producing a music video for 'Soul Sing' which I am very excited to show you.
I am also planning to release a couple more singles this Summer before releasing a 7 track album this Autumn/Winter, I am planning to gig at Pride in London in July and I am booking my band in for Festivals in and around the London area.

(C) Mei Demkova

(C) Mei Demkova

Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
I would absolutely love to collaborate with Eminem!!

Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
I once nearly fell over on stage!! I was wearing these massive heels, goodness only knows why I thought it would be a good idea to dance on stage with them, still I saved myself from totally toppling over quite gracefully but couldn't help but giggle.

Another time, I was singing backing vocals at someone's website launch party and in a very quiet moment I dropped my microphone on to the floor!!
I was mortified, at the time it was not funny but after when I looked back on the footage I saw the funnier side because my facial expression was pretty priceless.

What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
The songs I write represent me and my story in the most honest form.

You can find out more about Elena via Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud, Spotify or Twitter.