We had the good fortune of connecting with Ella Beyer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ella, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
I decided to pursue becoming a singer/songwriter because I simply cannot imagine doing anything else with my life. The feeling I get from performing my songs with my band on stage is like no other. I write from my own experiences; the things I observe day in and day out. My favorite part of songwriting is that the main inspiration for it is simply… living. The more people you meet, places you go, and feelings you feel, the more songs come to life.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Songwriting has always been a very big part of my life. It is my therapy, my greatest confidant, my muse. I used to do a lot of Musical Theatre and convinced myself when I was 8 that it was what I wanted to do. However, the feeling I get from belting it out on a stage versus playing my songs with my band is very different– being vulnerable and telling my story, relating to an audience of strangers just sets me on fire in a good way. I am most proud of that– sticking to what I am passionate about and not looking back. My heart belongs in my songs and the lyrics I pour out onto the pages. I tell the truth with my music– no sugar coating or back alley dealing. But that comes with a price. Being a teenager while you’re trying to put your heart out on the line has been a challenge. When you get a glimmer of success, people can get jealous and go behind your back. I’ve had to navigate the opinions of my peers, and turn every jab into a ray of light.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oooh! I love this question because this actually happened to me. One of my friends was visiting from Arizona, and had never been to Los Angeles. This was our day: 10 am: Amoeba Music in Hollywood– record shopping in the city is a must for a Los Angeles virgin 12:30 am: Lunch at HOME restaurant in Los Feliz because they have the best french toast ever!!!! 2:00 pm: Griffith Observatory because the view is incredible and Rebel Without a Cause was filmed there (a film geek classic) 4:30 pm: A sunset drive across the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena 4:45 pm: Walk around South Pasadena to see the Rialto (where La La Land was filmed) and Kaldi Coffee (where Lady Bird was filmed) 5:45 pm: Watching “Almost Famous” at the Hollywood Cemetery accompanied by an Impossible burger and steak fries
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this shout out to my parents, Debra Davis and Dave Beyer. Being musicians themselves, they have continued to inspire me to follow my passion and in how to navigate the music industry. I grew up going to their shows, feeling in awe of the way that the audience was so connected to their performances. This caused me to want to pursue a career in music— I remember thinking, “If it can make people feel something, then I have to be a part of that.” My mom is a songwriter and has taught me how painting feelings into songs and finding that magical lyric or melody is a labor of love. My dad is a professional drummer and producer who has really helped me create my sound and feel. Even when I beat myself up about being intimidated by this competitive industry, my parents continue to remind me that this is what I am meant to do with my life. And my uber loving and supportive Nana has always believed in me and helps me believe in myself.. I would also like to dedicate this to Winding Way Records, who signed me to their record label summer. They have been so supportive in my vision for my music, and the voice I am developing in the industry. So excited to see what the future holds with Winding Way 🙂 I would like to thank the Dragon Kim Foundation for giving me the platform to start my own community service project with my partner in arts, Leilani Rodriguez. Our project, Fostering the Arts, provides virtual interactive performing arts videos for children in the Foster Care System. We were able to virtually teach music to over 300 kids in Los Angeles and Orange County. Seeing their faces light up on the Zoom calls as they sang out all of the material we taught them, is a feeling I will never be able to express. And I am so grateful to California School of the Arts (CSArts) for helping my passion bloom and grow throughout high school, and for giving me opportunities to let my original music shine.
Main photo is taken by Emily Ulmer
Launa Penza Photography