Estelle Conquers Music On Her Own Terms With New Album, True Romance

Grammy award-winning singer Estelle is more in tune with herself than ever before. Crafting her songs to match the raw emotions she experiences in life and on tour, she creates music that’s a pure extension of herself. Her latest singles “Conqueror” and “Something Good” off of her upcoming album True Romance represent strong and uplifting stories of an artist who has made it through the industry a little bruised but always looking forward. Though she’s had much success starting out with co-signs from Kanye West and John Legend, she explains her apprehension for those who are starting out in the industry today. She also talks about how YouTube and SoundCloud are the new hustle and why having a strong sense of self is necessary to survive in this business.

I’d like to talk about “Conqueror” and “Something Good” and the positive message they convey. How did these songs speak to you personally while you were recording them?

“Something good,” I wrote that record in Atlanta with [producer] D. Smith after my recording process was coming to the end and I just wanted something that felt fun. D. Smith is a drum driven producer so his stuff is real loud and impactful. You feel something when you hear his beats and I wanted something that made you feel like dancing, or made you feel happy. I wanted it to make you feel something, which was the whole point of the album. The song is about getting back on your feet when you feel like you’ve been knocked over. Everyone goes through those moments and this is the kind of record that celebrates when you’re back on your shit.

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