Elle Winter – producer of retro-influenced pop-soul jams – went on her first tour with the little-known musical duo, Chloe x Halle. “[They’re] two of the kindest and most fun girls and I love watching them perform together,” she tells us below. Embarking on the “Next Big Thing” Radio Disney tour at the age of 14, Winter travelled the US with her fellow young popstar friends, building their fanbases as they went. “We all loved hanging out together with our families. I have so many fond memories from being on the road and it was special to meet all of those Disney fans together, many of whom I am still connected with today.”
Today, Winter, now a former student of the University of Pennsylvania and LA-based singer-songwriter is on the cusp of releasing a new project, led by magnetic single “Help”. Having previously worked with The Orphanage (Demi Lovato, Alessia Cara) on 2020’s “Yeah No” EP, her upcoming project looks set to be no different, with Grammy award-winning producer, Kizzo and Grammy-winning songwriter, Autumn Rowe helping Winter illuminate her full popstar resplendency.
Head below to read our chat with the burgeoning talent about all things “Help”, hitting the road with Chloe x Halle, and sharing her stories in her songwriting…
Hey Elle! How has your day been so far? What’s one thing you’re hoping to tick off of the to-do list today apart from our chat?
Hi there! My day has been good so far. I actually woke up feeling great today after being a bit under the weather for the last few days. So today I have lots of catching up on errands to do but will certainly get in a workout with Isaac Boots, who teaches my favorite virtual Pilates class!
Congratulations on “Help”! Tell us about the headspace you were in when you wrote the track!
Thank you so much! I wrote “Help” with Grammy award-winning producers and songwriters, Kizzo (“We Are”) and Autumn Rowe (“We Are”). We had been working together for a number of months on my new project and spent time really getting to know each other during the process. Throughout working together, Kizzo and Autumn encouraged me to be true to myself and really express who I am through my music. I came into the studio the day we wrote “Help” wanting to create a song about something personal I had never written about. I had always internalized people’s expectations on how I should “be,” creating this self-imposed pressure to be perfect. I felt like a shoulder to lean on for everyone else but never felt I could reach out to others for support. This track as well as the other songs on my new EP are a message to myself, acknowledging my self-worth and realising that asking for help and support is actually a strength, not a weakness.
You’ve flexed your songwriting muscle on many an occasion by now. How does it feel for people to be connecting with your work?
It is so special and fulfilling to be able to share my stories and in turn connect with people around the world. Music is truly a universal language that can break boundaries and bring so many different types of people together, regardless of who they are or where they are from. I have been fortunate to experience the power of music with the connections I have made with fans in and outside the United States.
We read that you were initially discovered, way back, on Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing”. Can you tell us more about that experience?
Getting my start with Radio Disney was a wonderful experience. I had grown up watching Disney Channel and listening to all their artists, so the opportunity to be part of Radio Disney’s “Next Big Thing” program at age 13 was really exciting for me, almost surreal. Working with Disney not only catapulted my career, but also taught me so many life lessons that I still carry with me today. Handling so much responsibility at a young age by juggling school and a career made me learn the importance of prioritising my life. The show included touring throughout the country with other participants, visiting many cities and meeting so many interesting people. Radio Disney was incredibly supportive of me for years following the show, championing all my new music on their platforms, and having me perform at venues and events for them.
You went on tour with the amazing Chloe x Halle! What’s your biggest memory from your time on the road with them?
That was my first tour and such a fun experience. Chloe and Halle are two of the kindest and most fun girls and I love watching them perform together. Those harmonies are amazing! We all loved hanging out together with our families. I have so many fond memories from being on the road with them. It was special to meet all of those Disney fans together, many of whom I am still connected with today.