Fast-rising country singer Lindsay Ell is currently gaining huge success with her latest single ‘Criminal’. The official video has already racked up over 1 million views and this October the Nashville singer will play two shows right here in the UK.
Here we chat exclusively to Lindsay Ell about ‘Criminal’ and her upcoming performances.
How excited are you about the reaction to your current single ‘Criminal’?
It is so exciting to watch fans fall in love with ‘Criminal’, and start singing along with it more and more at shows. It’s the coolest feeling when you can watch an audience sing along with lyrics you’ve written. All the blood, sweat and tears that go into writing, recording and making music feel absolutely worth it in that moment.
Can you talk us through the inspiration behind the track?
‘Criminal’ is a song written about my own life. It’s a love song written not how most other loves songs are written. It’s about that feeling when you fall in love with something so much that you feel it is stealing your heart away from you.
What do you hope fans take from the song?
I hope that fans can release to ‘Criminal’ from a relationship in their own lives. Whether the relationship is brand new or something that’s been going on for a while, I feel we all have those moments where you look at someone else and you just feel so grateful to have them in your life. In the truest form of love, I hope fans can feel that from listening to ‘Criminal’, and get to experience that feeling in their own lives.
You’ve recently released the official music video for single – can you talk us through the video’s treatment?
It was a lot of fun reading treatments for the music video. A lot of them had me committing a crime, which of course I don’t have a lot of experience in. The minute I read Peter Zavadil’s treatment of where it was going to be shot in a prison, it was immediately the treatment that took my heart. I thought, how cool would it be to shoot a music video in the middle of a prison? Who gets to do that?!
The clip has been viewed more than 1 million times, how does that make you feel?
I am so happy that the music video has hit 1 million views! I remember the day we shot it, walking onto the set (cause we filmed it at a real prison…that had been closed down for the past 20 years, but was where they shot the movie The Green Mile!). It felt like I was living in a dream, even for a day. Now to think that the video has been seen over 1 million times…that feels like it’s just adding on to that dream.
How important do you feel visuals are to the success of a single?
I think that music videos, and visuals are really important to a single’s success. I feel that a video can really bring a song to life. Especially when you can shoot in out of the box locations like we did for ‘Criminals’. I always love watching music videos and seeing how to interpret music in a completely different art form.
Looking ahead, you’ll be performing in the UK this October – what can fans expect from the shows?
I am so excited to come back to the UK to perform in October. I have missed UK fans dearly already since we played at C2C. I will be bringing lots of new songs, and lots of guitar solos throughout the evening for sure.
How do feel the UK and US live audiences differ?
I have always felt that UK audiences are special. They have such an appreciation for songwriters and musicians, that I feel so at home whenever I play in the UK. I feel that audiences want to hear what I have to say, and want to listen to the notes I play in a guitar solo. I thoroughly enjoy every show when I go to tour in UK, and we cannot wait to come back.
What else can we expect from you this year?
After finishing up the Brad Paisley tour earlier this year, we are currently on tour with Sugarland which has been a lot of fun. I will be hopping on Keith Urban’s Graitti U tour in September, as well as getting into the studio in November to record the next album. So currently between now and November I’m in high-writing mode. I can’t wait for you to hear this new music!
Interview by Laura Klonowski
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