Rock music songstress Ella Hooper will be showcasing new material with audiences as she heads out on the road this month on her Data Dust tour through Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. After launching the catchy pop-rock track Data Dust recently on the Eurovision Australia Decides show to national audiences, Ella can't wait to get back out on the road and share some of the exciting things she has been working on over the past 12-months with fans. In fact, this will be the first time some of these tracks have been heard outside the studio, giving music-lovers an exclusive listening party to her forthcoming release.
"I've been working on a new EP or mini album over the last few months and playing the new tracks live before they're released is a great way to see what's really connecting with my audience before I put the final touches on the songs," says Ella. "Also, its just fun to play this style of upbeat, retro rock-flavoured pop live – it feels great! I love the kind of characterful rooms we're playing too, lots of atmosphere suits this band."
The title track of the tour, Data Dust, was penned by Sydney-based composer Alice Chance for the Eurovision Australia Decides performance and, in particular for Ella, it resonated with her as something a little bit special. It is a powerful rock-pop feast, peppered with attitude about digital addiction and the ever-creeping effects of social media on our lives – the power pop banger grabs the listener immediately.
For audiences attending her upcoming live shows, Ella says each night will be full-on live music. "(There will be) swagger, grit, fun, big choruses and pretty immediate singability," she says. "We aren't holding back musically; these songs are made to connect. Oh, and they'll be a few too many personal stories from me, as always!"
Ella Hooper smashed onto the Australian music scene as part of her rock-pop band Killing Heidi as a technicolour teenager. There was something about this frontwoman immediately, she captured attention – garnering rave reviews from fans and critics alike – and become an unlikely teen icon. She penned intense, intelligent pop music and on stage, well, she rocked, taking home a swag of accolades from ARIAs to APRA awards. Her solo career has seen this seasoned performer find her home, releasing critically acclaimed tunes that are a mix of bright snappy pop, synth driven singalongs and classic rock feels. Ella Hooper may have embedded herself – and her music – into the national psyche when she was only 13, but she made an impact that few since have been able to follow.
One of the things that has always been important to Ella, and remains to this day, is playing live. Taking her music out on the road remains the key to what she does as a musician. "I think it's the wonderful feedback loop you create when you share something of yourself, your art, it touches and moves someone else," she says. "It's a special relationship that exists in that moment full of trust and intimacy, but also raw power and shared emotion."
Tickets for Ella Hooper's Data Dust tour are now on sale.
Friday 22nd February 2019
Fortuna Spiegeltent, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, ADELAIDE SA
Saturday 23rd February 2019
Caravan Music Club, BENTLEIGH EAST
Sunday 24th February 2019
Camelot Lounge, MARRICKVILLE NSW
For more information, please visit www.ellahoopermusic.com