Meet Elle Neale, a 29-year-old from Manhattan.
“I discovered Spotify when I was studying abroad in Paris. I wanted to keep a playlist of music that I heard while I was in Europe and it kind of just grew from there! I kept adding songs that I liked to it and 10 years later its a total ongoing compilation of all the songs that I love to party to. Every time I hear a song I want to dance to, I drop it in there. I named it "DONT YOU WORRY CHILD" because the Swedish House Mafia song was pretty popular at the time, and every time I listened to the playlist, my worries melted away. I guess since I named the playlist after a song that was so often searched at the time, the playlist kept coming up for people. I never even sent it to anyone but its accumulated so many followers. The best part is, up and coming artists will contact me with their music and ask me to put it on my playlist. I LOVE finding out about new bangers like that, it keeps me ahead of the curve!”
What music did you grow up listening to as a young kid?
I've always been a pretty eclectic music listener, I don't discriminate. I listened to mainstream pop like Spice Girls and N'sync. TRL was my jam, so I was always up on the top ten songs and music videos. I had a deep love for the smooth beats of Hip Hop and Soul like Biggie and Lauryn Hill. However, as a young teen I was obsessed with Alt Rock, so Third Eye Blind, Matchbox Twenty, Blues Traveler and Dave Matthews were all my boyfriends.
Name one of your favorite albums of all time?
Black Eyed Peas - Monkey Business. If you ever need to clean your house, blast that sh*t and get to (monkey) business.
If you could only listen to one song for the rest of your life what would you choose?
Phish - Blaze On, so much life wisdom in those lyrics.
Which artist, dead or alive, would you want to interview and why?
I would love to interview Amy Winehouse. I am in love with her music and her voice and I feel like, in order to make that kind of music, you have to have a lot of depth to you, I'd love to dig into the emotions behind those songs. I can only imagine what kind of albums she would be dropping if she were still alive.
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to and why?
I would have to say it was my first Phish show at Randall's Island in 2014. I was a late bloomer! My two favorite college roommates took me to the show and it opened up a whole new world and genre of music. I only had a ticket to the first night, but after I got a taste of how amazing their shows were, I went to the other two nights of that run, I have been going to Phish shows whenever I can ever since. I totally get why people travel all over the US to catch every show.
What is the last song you listened to?
I was just listening to my more "chill vibes" playlist called LOVE IS MY RELIGION and my new favorite song came on. It is by a band called Rainbow Kitten Surprise and the song is called Hide!