Catch up with ego ella may

Intrinsically weaving the worlds of neo-soul and contemporary jazz compositions Ego Ella May is not a force to be reckoned with. She is not scared to tackle serious topics with her song writing and has gained a long list of fans even earning her a place on Giles Petersons School of 2019 and collaborating with the likes of Joe Armon-Jones (Ezra Collective) and Wu-Lu and Eddie Hick (Sons of Kemet). We cauhgt up with her to see how she is doing.

How are you doing during this period?

I think I'm doing well! I'm naturally a homebody so haven't found staying home particularly hard. I do miss being able to move around freely though.. 


What are you doing to stay sane and keep creative?

I'm pretending I'm on a retreat and that isolation is a choice :) I'm doing lots of yoga, meditation/prayers, painting, recording, reading - which feels reeeally good because I'm finally getting the chance to get through my book list, and it's also inspiring me to write. Daily walks have been keeping me sane too.. I live in an area that luckily has a lot of greenery and water so it's really nice to get outside and take it all in.


Any new music/book/film/series you have started to pass the time?

I'm currently rinsing Cleo Sol and Thundercat's new albums, and this yoga playlist that a new friend of mine made which is really calming. Just finished reading 'Girl, Woman, Other' by Bernardine Evaristo which is really recommend, and for series I watched a 4 part series 'Unorthodox' on Netflix about a girl who flees the Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn and heads to Berlin to start a new life and it was great, wish there were more episodes... 


Have you learnt anything new about yourself in this period?

Hmm.. maybe that I'm grateful to be an introvert lol! It's not new, but I've realised that it's very helpful in this situation. I live with my sister who is an extrovert and struggling with quarantine, so I've been sending her meditations and helping her to deal with live on the inside- but for me I like to spend time alone and I'm really embracing that about myself right now. 


It’s a hard time for a lot of people, any advice to people who are finding it difficult?

Honour your feelings. I don't think there's a right way to deal with a pandemic so just be gentle with yourself and allow anything you're feeling to come up. Try to sit with it, and let it pass. Also I would advise focusing on what is in your immediate control because so much of our anxieties are about the uncertainty of the future which unfortunately we can't do anything about, but if we can take our minds back to being present and doing something that will help us feel better NOW I think that would be useful.


How do you think the government are handling the crisis?

Terribly. I believe there's a lot of blame on people who are going outside and not following 'lockdown policies' and while I do think we should all stay in, I don't think it's fair to misdirect anger towards them. The government are the ones that didn't take this virus seriously in the first place and encouraged us to tough it out or gain 'herd immunity' instead of closing schools/work sooner. 


This is a perfect time for people who haven’t heard of you to go and listen to your catalogue, where would u suggest they start?

My newest single is called 'How Long 'til We're Home' is out now on all streaming platforms so I'd suggest starting there (it's also relevant to the current times), then I'd listen to 'Girls Don't Always Sing About Boys', 'Table For One' and work your way backwards from there.


What’s your first thing your going to do when this is all over?

Go to the pub :)