Groovetronics: That’s how electronic/dance act Ellee Ven personifies her musical signature: a fusion of rock, pop, rap and electronica. Somehow, the mesh of seemingly disparate elements unifies for an upbeat ethereal grab bag of tribal beats and treats, accompanied by Ven’s dreamy, girlish vocals, which lie somewhere between Stacey Q and Everything But the Girl’s Tracey Thorn. Seventh full-length CD “Her Wildcat Lovin Majesty”— featuring accompaniment from Antony Lee on guitars, is vast in its stylistic presentation, from the trippy, trance-inspired “Under My Skin” and dark, Depeche Mode-conjuring “Signals” to blippy ‘80’s-reminiscent “What Am I Running From,” rock/rap jam “Next To You” (featuring a rap from Prodéje) and stripped-down acid flashback “Wonder Where These Roads Will Lead.” The common theme throughout is a positive, mood-enhancing flow, suited to Saturday nights in clubland—acknowledged by Ven’s recognition with a nod as Artist of the Year at the 2009 South Bay Music Awards and winner of the 2008 Los Angeles Music Awards’ Electro Pop Artist of the Year. Who needs chemical enhancement? Ellee Ven’s “Majesty” is one fervent elixir.
IAA: What is your music background?
ELLEE VEN: I am not classically trained though I participated in theater as a child.
IAA: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
ELLEE VEN: Because I feel writing combines my most natural talents and because music is a great unifier.
IAA: What are your songs about?
ELLEE VEN: Love, change, growth.
IAA: Who is your fan base directed towards?
ELLEE VEN: Anyone who appreciates the journey more than the destination.
IAA: Who are your musical influences?
ELLEE VEN: Sade, Madonna, Lisa Stansfield, Janis Joplin, Alicia Keys
IAA: How would you describe your music to people ?
ELLEE VEN: Groovetonics…makes you move, lifts your mood
IAA: What makes you stand out from other artist ?
ELLEE VEN: I don’t write for an audience per say. In fact my music is very much a part of my evolution and reflects the many ways we change personally and professionally. My fans seem to appreciate that.
IAA: What are some upcoming projects, you are currently working on.
ELLEE VEN: GIveintothegroove 2013! It’s an annual charity event we have produced and it combines tons of local talent in the name of local causes.
IAA: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
ELLEE VEN: Hopefully producing other events and artists while continuing to write and perform myself.
IAA: How can your fans access your music and contact you?