Ellie Goulding was a metaller and “Kerrang! Girl” as a teenager.
The “Easy Lover” hitmaker may be a pop star with a penchant for ballads, but she’s a rocker at heart and can’t wait to “shred” the guitar on her next tour.
She said: “I’ll be playing guitar pretty much the majority of the set when I start touring next year, because my album is coming out early next year. Then I’ll have a year of festivals, j hopefully. That’s the plan for me. I’m going to be playing guitar for the most part, which will just require a good amount of rehearsal. I’d like to get to a point where it’s all natural for me. I have did a few tours without a guitar. It’s weird, but I guess I was more focused on the vocals.
Rolling down the list of bands she likes, including System of a Down, Deftones and Spineshank, Ellie confessed that she never liked indie bands growing up.
In an interview with Bustle she said: “God, so much. I love System of a Down and a bit of Deftones – I love their song ‘Passenger’ with Tool’s Maynard James Keenan. There was Killswitch Engage and Spineshank . [Laughs] I remember Spineshank. I basically bought Kerrang! every week and NME sometimes, but back then I wasn’t an NME girl because I didn’t really like indie bands. It was always the Strokes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I love this band Glassjaw, more hardcore. I was a real Kerrang! daughter.”
Her guitar heroes are Tom Morello, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton – although she called the latter “a bit of publicity ***”.
Elsewhere, the ‘Lights’ singer recalled feeling “really uncomfortable” about her singing voice after she was told to “stick to the guitar. because his voice was “not to everyone’s taste”.
When asked if she had always been a confident singer, she replied, “No. I always remembered this guy who told me that I had to keep playing guitar because I’m really good. on the guitar, that my voice was really quite unusual and not to everyone’s taste. It made me really, really insecure. I wasn’t really the type of person to say, “Everyone can fuck off, because I’m gonna sing anyway!” I was really affected by what other people thought of me. I had impostor syndrome; I didn’t think I deserved to succeed. When you begin to eliminate other people’s opinion of you rather than your opinion of yourself, your life becomes much clearer.”