Billboard features a fantastic behind-the-look look at Ellie Goulding’s current tour with Bruno Mars that is taking her to dozen of cities around North America for the next 2 months. Looking rested and relaxed, Goulding shows us around her tour bus (a pretty darn fancy roller), and sits down with the music mag to candidly about the special relationship she has with her band and dedicated team that assists her along the way.
Ellie introduces us to her personal assistant who keeps her schedule, her tour manager who oversees her travel and musical director Joe Clegg who is also the long-time drummer in Ellie’s band. “Being a music director is a fun position, Clegg explains. “It’s almost like I’m in charge of storytelling, but it’s a story that’s not written. So you take a melody or a song and I make sure Ellie is absolutely in love with how it sounds live.”
The singer talks in the video about the special relationship with her bandmater with shom she has been touring for many years. “It’s weird because my band are now also my best friends,” she says. “I spent so much time with them. I worked solidly for the past four years and I’ve been with them so often that we have a very special bond together.”
Clegg also looks back at the time when he just started touring with Ellie years prior to her global chart success. They would load up a small van and drive from city to city for shows with only a handful of people. “Now, we come to the stage and we play huge shows,” he says. Ellie agrees and adds, “I feel I’m in such a good place now and I have such an exciting year coming up.”
Following the Q&A,Ellie performs a very special acoustic version of “I Need Your Love” (her collaboration with Calvin Harris) that she performs with her trusted bandmates Chris Ketley (left) and Maxwell Cooke (right). The song is rapidly gaining momentum on top 40 radio in the U.S. and will soon be followed by the equally potent “Burn.” (Calvin Harris featuring Ellie Goulding “I Need Your Love” is available in the U.S. now via Cherrytree Records.)