The rising left-pop singer talks us through her new song “Kids Of The Night” and how that collaboration with ZEDD happened.
Not many at 29 can say they collaborated with superstar producer Zedd, played at both Coachella and Lollapalooza and racked millions of streams – unless you’re singer-songwriter Elley Duhé. Having first made her entrance to the scene in 2016 with “Millennium”, Duhé has been steadily honing in on her craft over the years, but now she’s ready for full dominance with her new single “Kids Of The Night”. Arriving alongside a mesmerising video, the singer exudes assurance over the trap-heavy bass line, basking in a dark-pop soundscape filled with intent.
“It’s a hybrid of ethereal soulful trap, it’s hard to really describe it,” Duhé muses as she discusses her sound. “I may have to let the listeners decide what they think it is…”
From writing her own songs at just 14 to gracing some of the world’s biggest stages, the rising singer has been soaking up all the moments brought to her over the years, sharing each experience with her legion of fans online. With her pristine pop EP “Dragon Mentality” already proving her capability, we’re excited to see what else the singer has in store for the rest of the year as she revealed more new music is on the way…
Keep scrolling to check out the interview now and her new single.
How’s this past year been for you? Have you picked up any unusual skills?
The past year has been a strange challenge but despite all its adversity I’ve been incredibly blessed and always keep a positive mind on the horizon. Now I have the freedom to put out music at the pace I want. Finally, my team and I have divine command of my art and future. I really got into boxing, it’s such an amazing sport and skill I can’t wait to expand into other fighting styles. It’s really good for the mind, body and soul. As a woman, knowing a form of self-defence is something I think is incredibly valuable – even therapeutic. Also, I do Kundalini, which has been a game-changer.
What’s your earliest memory of music?
I remember my family always was a jam band and music lovers at heart. Music is the universal language they say. I used to sing and dance until it was bedtime.
You’re originally from Alabama before moving to LA, why the move and do you think this impacted your sound?
The world around you is always going to influence you especially when it comes to art. I think it has made me a greater more seasoned creator. I mean, in LA you’re working with some of the best in the world.
You collaborated with ZEDD on the single “Happy Now” which is incredible, how did this happen and what was your reaction to it?
Not sure who reached out but it ended up working out! It was a blessing and an opportunity to work with ZEDD. Gaining new listeners and getting to do headlines at major festivals was an absolute highlight.
And since then you’ve released a string of singles and now, “Kids Of The Night”, talk us through the production process and inspiration?
Well, I just got in with the guys and we said let’s make something that gives us a feeling of one of my early records (“Immortal”) and then boom, “Kids of The Night” came into existence we had so much fun making it! My manager J.Hill produced on both “KOTN” and “Immortal” actually makes sense.
The video is amazing, talk us through the filming process and what made you want to go with this theme?
I really gotta shout out my team cause they really are super creative, but realistic and so we pulled off something that feels epic in a simple way.
Your sound has a lot of trap beat and R&B elements, how would you describe your sound?
It’s a hybrid of ethereal soulful trap but it’s hard to really describe it yet. I may have to let the listeners decide what they think it is.
What do you want people to take away from your music?
I used to think I knew, but it’s been a minute since I’ve been putting something out that felt this strong about. So all I know is that it’ll touch somebody.
Who would you love to work with?
Chris Martin, Celine Dion, Drake, Future, Kendrick, Kayne, André 3000, Rihanna, Grimes, Doja Cat, SAINt jHN, Poo Bear, Post Malone, Skrillex, Princess Nokia…the list will go on forever.
What’s next for you can we expect an EP or album in the future?
All of the releases are being unchained and unleashed all 2021.