#7 Women in Music: Ellen W Sundes (Sea Change)

Ellen W SundesOver the course of April, DrunkenWerewolf will team up with women filling various professional roles in Britain and abroad, to talk about the finer details of feminism and its application to the music industry. Rather than lambaste common topics such as heckling and media coverage, we hope to address issues that often go unrecognised but are equally as important to discuss. The instalments are in association with our 2013 article Grrrock and the Ratio Argument, and the current issue of DrunkenWerewolf Magazine, a Women in Music special.

In a revealing interview, singer songwriter and pop musician Sea Change, aka Norway's Ellen W Sundes talks about producing her own material and the women who spearheaded her obsession with the studio.

Ellen W Sundes in Interview

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What experience do you have of recording and producing music?

I learned some production and studio recording when I studied music in Oslo. The freedom of it all made me continue to do it after my studies as well. I produced my first single "Bursting" in my bedroom in Berlin, and I also co-produced the second single "Let's Dance". When I write songs I use music production as a songwriting tool. I work with beats and loops, and effects, and I often produce the song while I write it. When I play live, I use my self-produced sounds, and samples. I have also made music for a couple of animation projects. The plan is to produce, or at least co-produce my debut-album.

Have you ever worked with other musicians?

I have never worked entirely as a producer for others. I've only produced my own music. I think I need a couple of more years with experience before I take the step to produce for anyone else. But one day, I would love to!

Why do you produce your own music?

It's such a big freedom in it! It’s amazing to have a world of sounds just before your hands, and the ability to manifest what you hear in your head, and to be able to record it when the inspiration is there.

You don't have the hassle of finding someone else to put down an idea for you. You can just do it by yourself. The process from songwriting, to put it out online goes so much faster. ?It's a wonderful feeling. But you know, even though I have very clear thoughts of how I want to produce the songs, it doesn't mean that I always know how to make them sound like that. It takes time to learn to be a good producer. I learn new tricks every day. If I'm looking for a special sound I've never done before, I look up tutorials on Youtube" Wow, you can find everything you need there!

What inspired you to do it in the first place?

I learned some basic production and studio-recording when I studied music. I realized that this is the easiest way of getting my music out there. And it is fun!

Which female musicians/producers inspire you?

There's lots of female musicians that I love that are also producers, like Norwegian Sandra Kolstad, Jenny Hval, Vilde Nupen, Anana and Susanne Sundfør. And Grimes!

Find out more about Sea Change and Ellen W Sundes here

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