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STYLE AND CULTURE

CHATS WITH @ELLADHC FT. CONVERSE

Converse 🤝 music, it just makes SENSE. Scroll through gig pics and you’ll see legendary artists like Avril Lavigne, Blink-182 and The 1975 rocking the all-American sneak – and we bet we’ll all still be obsessed with them in 3023, too 🛸 (Duh, that's why we included the futuristic design in these pics!) To celebrate the new Converse Run Star Legacy colourways dropping, we chatted with up-and-coming DJ Ella (@elladhc)! Known for mixing classic dancehall vibes with 90s and Y2K tunes, Ella only began DJing during lockdown, initially starting out as a photographer. Well, her career's been on the up and up ever since 📈 Scroll on to get the scoop on Ella's style, inspo and the dancehall scene! ⬇️

@Elladhc in Converse Run Star Legacy trainers.

Picture: @elladhc

Hey Ella! What do you wear for a day in the studio?
A nice soft tracksuit and some easy, casual trainers. When I say easy, I mean a low-key kinda staple – like the Converse Run Star Legacies . They always keep it comfy but cute at the same time 👟
@Elladhc in Converse Run Star Legacy trainers.

Picture: @elladhc

You started out as a photographer – how did you get into music?
I think it was very subconscious – at first, anyway. I photographed a lot of events back in the day that were centered around art or music, and to tell you the truth, I didn’t enjoy it much after a while. Lockdown came, we couldn’t leave the house and I began photographing the same stuff. I was over it so picked up DJing as a hobby. I enjoyed it so much that I began contemplating changing careers and started considering DJing as one for the first time.

Looking at the people I was photographing, too, a lot of them were musicians, producers and DJs. I realised I wanted to be on the other side of the camera. After a while, I asked myself, 'Where do I have the most fun? Where do I feel most in control but also free?' I realised it was DJing 🎤

Ella, @elladhc in the new Converse collection.

Picture: @elladhc

How and why are you inspired to get more women to join the dancehall scene?
There are so many spaces that have welcomed and encouraged male success, dancehall being one of them. By being visible in the dancehall scene, it shows women that these spaces are accessible to them, too. It proves that the possibilities are endless and totally transforms the environment. It's important to encourage women to join, as it demonstrates that these spaces are safe and that anyone of any gender can join in and excel.

 

Tell us, what's next?
I'd love to learn to produce my own music, go on tour as a DJ and experience that life for a while, and host a panel discussing mental health in the creative industry ✏️

 

We see it bb 🔮 Who's your dream artist to collaborate with?
There are so many people on my list, but I’ve always said Kaytranada is number 1. I’ve been listening to him since I was in sixth form, and his sound at the time was very different from what else was going on 🎶

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