Ela Minus is a Colombia-born, Brooklyn-based musician. Before forging her path as a solo electronic artist, Ela was a drummer in a teenage hardcore band. She joined the band when she was just 12, performing with them for almost a decade. Ela then moved to the United States to attend Berklee College of Music, where she double-majored in jazz drumming and synthesizer design. This roving background instilled in her a belief that we all have the power to change things, and as she delved deeper into her work with synthesizers, she saw a clear connection between the freedom of the DIY scene she grew up in and club culture. “I deeply identify with club culture, and want to make music to dance to,” she says. “I also want to make songs in the more traditional sense, with melodies, lyrics, and singing. I want to make songs that stay with people through the years.”
She recently signed to Domino Records and has announced the release of the debut album called acts of rebellion which is out on October 23rd. According to the press release, Performed, produced and recorded entirely by herself, acts of rebellion is a complex manifesto on simplicity, a call to fight, to live, to be present. It’s a collection about the personal as political and embracing the beauty of tiny acts of revolution in our everyday lives.
“El cielo no es de nadie” is a new excerpt which follows the previous ones “Megapunk” and “they told us it was hard, but they were wrong“ (recently remixed by Fort Romeau, DJ Python and buttechno). Watch the official video below and and check a playlist from the artist with tracks and artists which inspired her music.
Daft Punk – Rollin’ & Scratchin. I love the sound of “homework”. It has been a big influence on me, and especially when I got to making my album, I knew that the soul that they transmit in “homework” was part of what I wanted to capture on my own debut. One of my all time favorite albums.
Deux- Dance with me. I love deux, and really really love synth wave, it’s so beautiful and nostalgic, and the use of analog synths -because back then that is all there was- speaks to me so much, I love the sweetness, the lyrics, the vocals, the nostalgia that you feel in your gut listening to this songs. I was listening to basically most of minimal waves’s catalogue obsessively while making my album.
Molly Nilsson – I hope you die. I think Molly Nilson has a lot of what I just described I love about deux. I love her songs, her vocals, her songwriting I think was a big influence for me, or i’m not sure jaja but at least i’m sure I was listening to her a lot at the time around writing for AOR.
Fatima Yamaha – Only of the universe. Fatima Yamaha is great, I don’t know what else to say jeje. I just remembered what I was listening to the most exactly the months prior to making the album and this is definetly part of it.
Four Tet – Unicorn. because: ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡