Some months ago we’ve been so lucky to get an interview with Eller about his EP “Brand New” which we truly loved here at The Backstage Access; now, just before The Best Of Armin Only show in Amsterdam at the Johan Cruijff ArenA he sat down with us for a quick chat.
First of all, we wanna thank him from heart for the massive support he gave us from the beginning, this is something we truly appreciate and are grateful for.
We wanna thank also Sammie from Alda Events for looking after us during the meeting and for always being supportive with our publication.
Now, just for a moment, let’s imagine what it is like to walk in the Arena on the evening of the biggest show of Armin van Buuren, where he is celebrating 20 years of career!!
Everybody is pumped, you can literally feel the energy running through your body, shivers down your spine… You have been waiting for this show for months and now you are there…
If all this is not enough to freak you out, well just know that: Eller van Buuren in person asked Alda Events to meet you!!!
I am so nervous that I don’t even remember what I wanted to ask him, and I am afraid I will get lost in the Arena and I won’t be able to reach the location where Sammie is waiting for me and my photographer on time…
Here we go, Eller walks in the room with a great smile greeting us, he’s extra nice and friendly and it feels like we are talking to an old friend.
I do believe good vibes attract good vibes and for sure that place is full of positive energy right now!!
Hi Eller, last time we spoke you were about to release your new Ep, what happened then??
Well, a lot actually, after the release of the EP, I did some shows and then I moved house, I went to live in Amsterdam, I built a new studio, it took a lot of time.
Now I am writing a new EP, I don’t know the name yet, but I’ve written some cool tracks already.
Are you planning a tour for your new EP?
Yes well first I need to write it, right now I have like 3 or 4 songs already done but for now I need to relax a little bit after this show. And also, you know, it took time moving house and building a new studio, so I wanna recover from it a bit first, but, yes I have some shows planned already and next year I am hoping to do more.
Wow, so please, keep in mind to come to Italy as well!! Not that I mind traveling around to see you but….
Haha, well this is not up to me but I will tell my agent about it! it would be awesome, I would love to come back to Italy, I’ve been there once with my previous band ,Bagga Bownz, (who is also here tonight) we did a show in Rome and it was really fun actually so I do hope to go back there; I love Italy, and my favorite place is Tuscany.
Let’s go back to Brand New Ep for a moment, let me tell you that I so loved “Traffic Dance”
Oh yes, The song is about the fact that someone overturns you, and then later you’re overturning him again. I had the idea for the song when I was stuck in traffic, because alle these cars together look like they are doing a little dance.
it didn’t work out as much as I wanted, I was hoping the radio would pick it up on prime time but they didn’t, you know it’s just a lottery to be on the radio. But it’s ok, I keep doing my thing and writing my music.
You also own a music school, right? How is it going?
Yes, it’s going really well, I also teach at Conservatory in Haarlem, and you know, touring and doing big show and also solo shows is great, but when you come back home you are a bit lifted up in the air, and teaching keeps me grounded, because the students just come in like, “hey, I am sorry I didn’t practice the guitar” haha, it makes you feel normal.
You can check Eller’s school right here: www.gitaarles.amsterdam
How is it like working with your brother?
Well, that’s amazing, I don’t see him a lot because he’s doing so many things but if I do see him, we are still connected a lot, and when I see him on the stage, we really have fun together, and I respect him so much in what he does!! I also see the downside of being as big as he is by he way.
How do you feel about tonight?
Oh well, you know, it’s a small show….. just a couple of people are here ( we all laugh )
No seriously, I think the people behind the stage did a hell of a job, I actually had the chance to see the show, on Thursday we did a full run through, and i have been blown away by how all is done, you know, Armin but also Alda Events, they did a massive work, it’s insane how they all built this, it took months of preparation and it turned out really really good; so for me as one of the performers, I feel very relaxed to do this; it also feels a bit like coming home because I always been touring with Armin Only shows, except for the last one ,Embrace,and I’ve seen so many artist I’ve been touring with before, so it feels like a family, everybody is here!!
The only downside of the show, it’s there is so much to see, you wil lbe like ” wow, there’s too much going on”
The title “The Best of Armin Only” really suits it! And oh, the visuals are the best, the only tricky thing is you only have two eyes and you only have two ears and so much is going on ,you have to pay attention , this is gonna happen just once! I am absolutely sure you are gonna miss some stuff, you won’t be bored!
And maybe this also gives you inspiration for your next projects?
Yes, Absolutely, i’ve met some really cool people I haven’t cooperate with yet so we’ re gonna write something together maybe, and it’s also inspirational to set up a show like this, the production is really insane!
And you get a lot of emotions and good vibes here.
You see every artist coming off stage and they’re so happy to be part of this and all this good energy is contagious and this inspires me to write happy songs.
Thank you so much Eller, and see you on stage in a bit!!
Check out Eller’s EP “BRAND NEW” here
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