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Luna Guitars Artist Ellie Vee comes by her musical talents honestly. "I basically grew up on the road, Ellie explains, "because both of my parents are professional musicians. My mom was principal flutist of the Caracas Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic. My dad is a concert pianist and a professor of music theory at a conservatory in New York City. When I was born, I came home to my parents teaching lessons in the house. I couldn't get away from it!"
Formal music lessons followed when Ellie was only five years old. She studied violin and flute, taking up the guitar much later. "When I started writing songs, I knew it was my calling," she says. "I just started playing guitar on my own." Later, a roommate in Boston helped her grow her guitar skills and the two collaborated in jam sessions and on songwriting, eventually joining forces to cut a CD. Ellie reveals that she can also play keyboards and bass, and has played flute on "a couple rock records for The Charms and other bands."
Ellie says that her early exposure to classical music gave her a solid musical foundation on which to build. "I developed a great ear from listening to and playing classical music." Among her first influences in the industry, she lists Joni Mitchell. "Then I discovered rock and roll and fell in love with The Kinks, Brenda Lee, David Bowie, early AC/DC, The MC5, Eddie Cochran, The Sonics, and The Yardbirds." Composing came into the picture for Ellie during her college years. "I wrote my first song when I was in college. It wasn't very good," she admits. But she persevered: "I wrote about 100 more and there was probably one good one in there. It takes a lot of practice to get good at writing songs."
The sound and feel of Luna Guitars drew the musician to the award-winning Athena line of lightweight hollow body electrics. "I play an Aqua Mist Athena," says Ellie. "It's so easy to play and looks awesome.
I can get a great, clean sound, a great crunchy sound and great feedback with my Athena! Joe, our band's lead guitarist, played it at a rockabilly gig, and it has a great sound for '50s rock and roll. Very versatile." And the fans like it, too, she says. "I get a lot of compliments on the tone of the guitar from sound men and guitar players at shows. The fans who aren't musicians really like the look of the Luna."
Ellie concludes, "If you want to be a musician, it's a calling and you don't want to do anything else. I'd rather be on the road in a van or a bus or be writing or recording than be at home or on a tropical vacation." Look for the The Charms' tour in support of the recently released Strange Magic. Dates are posted at www.thecharms.net.
Luna is pleased to call Ellie Vee a Luna Artist.
Keep tabs on the garage rock band's tour dates
and upcoming releases at their Web site: www.thecharms.net