Their music may be worlds apart, but English pop singer Ellie Goulding has revealed that her relationship with the reclusive trip-hop and 2-step icon Burial, real name William Bevan, has hugely influenced her perspective on life and creativity.
In a recent interview with Billboard, Goulding stated that her interactions with Bevan, who she calls her “all-time hero”, are always there to remind her of why she makes music.
“Burial’s one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met,” she said. “Obviously I make money for what I do and promote myself, but I always remember him, in everything. The nobleness of it, where you’re just making music and making people happy… I use a bit of that for myself.”
Goulding also revealed that she hopes to start focusing on the follow-up to latest album Halycon by the end of 2014, but needs to take some time off first. “As much as I love what I do, and music is obviously everything to me, I’m being pulled home, and I’ve got to do that soon, I think,” she said.
Burial, who worked completely anonymously before 2008, doesn’t perform live. Earlier this year he shared a rare and candid selfie, telling fans that he hopes to have new music out by the end of 2014.
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