C.S. When did you first start singing and why?
E.S. As soon as I could make sound, I think. When I was 4 my brother was in the choir at church and I was too young to join so remember being really jealous! I realised that I really enjoyed it when I was around 6. I'm not sure what it was then than made me pursue it so energetically but it was just something that I could do and enjoy so i did. I didn't really start taking it seriously until I was 10/11 and by then I was in love and couldn't let go!
C.S. What makes singing a-cappella with The Beautiful Machine so special?
E.S. All of the singers in the Beautiful Machine are brilliant. A-cappella singing can be very challenging but we all work very hard together to create a wonderful sound. When done well it is beauty in it's purest form and I am very privileged to be able to sing with such a uniquely talented group of people. Wishy washy but true!
C.S. Tell us a bit about why you like to work with Jen Bell
E.S. Firstly, Jen is a lovely person and for that reason alone it is great to work with her, but there is much more to the way that she operates and directs. She seems to search for the best in you and encourage you to work with yourself in order to bring it out. She definitely sees the whole picture-not just what is in front of her. Her music is also brilliant. It is inventive, melodically innovative and full of glorious harmonies and rhythmical delights that really are a gift to sing.
C.S. What would you like to find when you sing with organisations such as DAC Beachcroft?
E.S. People who are exactly like us. People who love singing because it makes their insides tingle and flutter so much that they lose control (even if just for a moment). There is something wonderful about singing with other people and not everyone gets a chance to do it as often as they like. I just hope that they get as much out of it as we do.
C.S. Which Bread & Butter song do you relate to the most and why?
E.S. Either Jellyfish or Heroes. The second part of Heroes really reflects a huge turning point in my life, being gay and finding that other people weren't as happy about it as I was but carrying on because I knew it was right. And Jellyfish just makes me feel like a child again. The seaside was one of the very few places where I could let go when I was young-some days I didn't want to leave. This makes it very special for me to sing.
C.S. What kind of music do you listen to today?
E.S. Yummy question! At the moment I am mostly listening to Bjork, Fleet Foxes, Ryan Adams, Regina Spektor, Tom Waits, Bellowhead, Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Mountain Man, Led Zeppelin, Rodrigo Y Gabriella, Coco Rosie and Antony and The Johnsons. Mostly...
C.S. What embarrassing songs might I find on your MP3 player?
E.S. I don't have an MP3 player but if you were to raid my spotify or youtube then you would definitely find:
Dusty Springfield - I only want to be with you
Doris Day - secret love
Petula Clark - baby lover
What can I say, I have a bit of a soft spot for awful, moronically melodic love songs for years gone by.
C.S. What genre of music can't you stand to listen to?
E.S. Awful modern pop music which is just regurgitated awful slightly older pop music. That and acid house-not really my thing!
C.S. Cake or death?
E.S. Ummmmmm, I believe that cake would be preferable to death in most circumstances, this one included, so I'll go for cake please.