Signed with 2 major pub companies as a songwriter. Big Machine 2015-2017, Big Yellow Dog 2017-2018. I have a song on US/Canada radio right now called "Backwards" with Alexander Stewart, we wrote it with Martin Kierszenbaum. I have a song on hold with JLo right now called "Heart Conditions" and I've worked with multiple grammy winning songwriters.
I've been singing and writing songs since I was 5. I signed my first publishing deal at the age of 18, and then my second at the age of 22. Writing is my passion. I do sessions with other writers/producers about 3 times a week where we all get together and write a song starting from 0. I've been singing for years, and am also a top-liner which means I can write melody as well as lyrics for pop, urban, electronic, and indie pop music. I also lived in Nashville for 2 years and wrote a fair amount of country music too. I can record/comp any and all vocals for any tracks or loops sent. (I use Logic) I have a feature with a DJ named SJUR out of the UK and it has reached millions of streams. It's called "One Way Ticket," and I also have a cut with Ali Simpson (Cody Simpson's sister) called "I Won't Remember You Tomorrow," which also has millions of streams. I have multiple more features with DJ's in the works presently. I play piano, acoustic and electric guitar, and ukulele and can add those instruments to any track.
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Interview with Ellee Duke
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I wrote a song called Heart Condition that is one of my favorite songs. I wrote it with one other writer, and then also the producer. A friend of mine who works with a lot of Record Labels played it for JLo's A&R and it's now on hold for her to potentially release. She put her vocal on it and everything and I truly almost lost my marbles. So currently waiting to see if she uses it for her next project.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on an artist's project named Alexander Steward. We have a song on Canada and US radio right now which is super exciting. I do sessions 3 times a week where I go to different studios around LA and I work with different producers and writers in the room and we write for pitch or sync projects. And I am also working on my own artist project right now. And then doing any projects on sound better that I get.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I haven't been on here for very long, and I'm pretty new to it so I don't know many people. But I have been finishing a project for a guy named Jay who is a producer and his track is phenomenal and he's so easy to work with.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I think I prefer analog because I like a more organic feel as my personal preference.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to always put you first, and make the project about you being happy and satisfied. Art is so subjective and everyone has different likes and dislikes, so my ultimate goal is to always make the client happy and do my absolute best work. I'm a perfectionist so I literally won't sleep until it's right LOL
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I'm just obsessed with music. I always have been and always will be, and I love that I get to wake up and do it every day. My dad always says "do something you love and you'll never work a day in your life," and I feel like I've been blessed with that.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: I frequently get asked about my experience with vocal lessons so I get asked a lot about tips and techniques for singing. I also get asked about my songwriting process a lot. I respond that taking a few lessons at least from a good vocal coach is worth it to get in the habit of singing correctly and having a road map VS winging it and hurting your voice. And as far as my songwriting process I tell people that it's a personal thing for everyone, you have to do it enough in order to find your process, so I always encourage people to write more which in turn they will find themselves in the process.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think people outside the creative process don't understand how much work it takes to make one song and then even get it heard by the public. People listen to 3 minutes of a song and don't realize the hours of work that went behind it and the long grueling process it takes to have a successful song.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What does this song inspire for you? What kind of music do you listen to? Do you have references for this track? Do you like more straight or more climbing melodies? Do you want it simple or complex? Do you have a specific concept in mind for the song?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I really love working with people who care and are passionate about what they do. People who have a "whatever" attitude about creating, that's never been my vibe. I like to make each song the best it can be, and I'm very hard working so I always want the artist or DJ or other writer to be happy and us to always work together as a team to make each project special and unique.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A guitar, a piano, an audio interface, my laptop, and a vocal mic.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been doing this since I was 16 years old. I graduated high school early and moved to Nashville to pursue songwriting, and then Los Angeles a few years later. I've been signed to 2 different major publishing companies, Big Machine (Taylor Swift) and then Big Yellow Dog (Meghan Trainor, Maren Morris). I've been able to connect and work with a lot of amazing people through these opportunities and I'm just excited to keep going and learn from others and get better.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is a mix of a lot of things. I think my rhythm and phrasing style of melodies stands out, and it tends to lean more urban which I think adds a cool flavor to all the different projects I work on.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with Chance The Rapper because his music is so fresh, and the messages and songwriting is always on point. I just admire him and think he is a true artist with something to say.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Vocal control and performance with a studio mic is very important, I've learned over the years. When singing louder or more belty it's crucial to move away slightly from the mic, and singing softer you are going to sing more on the mic. This can help the levels and ranges as a producer or vocal engineer is editing, and creates less work for them in post production of the song.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work on a lot of pop, electronic, hip hop, and indie alternative music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is songwriting, melodies and lyrics all day.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Because of my experience writing in Nashville for two years, I think I bring a really special lyrical sensibility to the table. I don't like to settle for vanilla lyrics, I like songs to each have their own special lingo. I've been working with incredibly writers who have amazing melody abilities so I have learned a lot over the years in Los Angeles about good unique catchy melodies. And I've been singing professionally since I was 9 years old, so my voice is strong and clear, and my pitch is something I've worked hard on. I also play multiple instruments, piano, guitar, and ukulele which I can use for writing or tracking.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I've been writing songs professionally for the last 8 years, so I typically am writing a lot. I write to tracks, acoustic loops, and just instruments. I love it because usually every song is created slightly different which always keeps it fun and interesting. I start sometimes with a lyric concept, or a melody depending on the day. I sing demos quite a bit in Los Angeles for various projects that are being pitched to Top 40 artists.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Here's what's in my studio: - Ableton Live 10 - Logic Pro X - Hundreds of plugins, including entire Waves plugin bundle - Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - Two JBL 308P MkII Monitors - Rode NT1 Mic - Arturia KeyLab 49 Midi Keyboard - Taylor 414 Acoustic/Electric Guitar - Martin 12 String Acoustic Guitar - Ibanez Electric Guitar - Gibson SG Electric Guitar - Luna Acoustic/Electric Ukelele - Sound treated closet for recording Vox
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I'm very inspired by Sia, Mikkel Eriksen, Max Martin, Skrillex, Finneas, Benny Blanco, Justin Tranter, Freddie Mercury, and Julia Michaels.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most I do is singing vocals on a track, and writing lyrics and melody.