What should people know about Earl Elliot?
I would like for people to hear my music as very autobiographical. I always think of it a little bit like the soundtrack of my own coming of age: how I learn to deal with doubt, experience love, and lose love again. Just everything from when I was sixteen-seventeen up until now.
What inspired you to become an artist and continue with it?
I have a very two-sided relationship with music. At first, I had the idea that I would go to university and music would be kind of a side thing. That eventually became less and less of a side thing, and then at a certain point, I decided to apply to the Amsterdam conservatory. I learned so much there and also changed a lot as an artist. Before university, I was making more guitar-based, alternative indie. Now it’s more pop with a lot of R&B and hip-hop influences.
Music is really what I can’t let go of. I often had moments where I thought I’d had it with making music, but in the end, I always come back to it. I can’t help myself. I always have lots of ideas for videos or artwork I want to make. Sometimes I even have ideas for a roll-out, and then later, I try to figure out what song would go with it.