Bringing back the blues: Ella Joy releases a sizzling new single, “Beat You at Your Own Game”.
Ella Joy – Beat You at Your Own Game
Showcasing exceptional talent at only nineteen years of age, Australian mixed-rock artist Ella Joy is set to be a very prominent name in the country’s alternative and blues rock scene.
Playing regular gigs around the southeast, Ella Joy is building a loyal fanbase through her bold songwriting and exploration into various genres. Writing and producing all of her own work, she tackles rich universal experiences testament to her youth. A student at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where faculty members include Dr. Andy Ward (Gold Record Winning) and Lachlan Gould (producer for Powderfinger and two-time ARIA award winner), Ella is completely immersing herself in music personally, academically and professionally.
Co-produced by her father, Scott Mathison, Ella Joy gave us an insight into being raised in such a musical household:
“Growing up, I was always the kid who had no idea who any of the popular music artists were, or which song was number one. Dad always had artists like Dire Straits, Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix playing throughout the house, we never listened to the radio but rather picked our music from an overfilled CD case. Everyone in my family played an instrument, even my grandfather who as an 83-year old still gigs to this day. I started on violin and flute in school, and it didn’t take long for me to find guitar, seeing as my dad played it religiously”.
“Beat You at Your Own Game” takes a different shape than her previous single, “Never Fascinated”. Moving away from a folk-driven style, the song combines a sultry blues atmosphere and a candid lyrical approach to create a contemporary style still authentic to the blues. Featuring drums by Brett Newman, Ella Joy delves into the age-old experience of being a young person thrown into the real world. Also tackling the topic of narcissism, Ella Joy sings for a whole generation through this revenge-style track.
“An absolute treat for fans of Larkin Poe, Gráinne Duffy and Elles Bailey. Ella Joy is an exciting contemporary rock artist who is not afraid to explore music. Each new release tells us that there is something for everyone in her sound!”
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Words by Rhí McPhelim