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Published on December 9th, 2020 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


ELLINGTON Launches Solo Project with “EMT” Single & Self-Shot Music Video

LA-based alternative artist and acclaimed drummer ELLINGTON (Ellington Ratliff) is thrilled to launch his solo project with his debut single “EMT,” out everywhere today via AWAL. The self-written and produced single was mixed by Mark Needham (The Killers, The 1975, Imagine Dragons) and is the first taste of what’s to come on Ellington’s debut EP, expected to release Spring of 2021.

Stream “EMT” everywhere HERE.

Keeping to the DIY theme like the track, the official music video was self-shot, directed, and edited by Ellington on an iPhone using a green screen and other effects at his home in Silverlake.

“’EMT’ is an abbreviation of the word ’empty’ – which was my way of using my dark sense of humor to lighten the subject matter of the song,” explains Ellington. “I wrote this song during a period of my life where I was often alone and left to reflect on my past to see it more objectively. It was strange to look back on times that were seemingly great, but realized they left a bad taste in my mouth. That realization fueled the lyrics and the tone of the song, which is about observing your ego and how that can drive you off the deep end.”

Born and raised in the Los Angeles area, Ellington is no stranger to the music scene. He was the official drummer of the acclaimed pop-rock group R5, then went on to write, record and tour with alternative band The Driver Era. Since 2009, Ellington has played more than 265 shows in over 30 countries including headlining The Greek in LA, and playing festivals such as Riptide, Made In America, Summer Sonic and more. As a part of R5, he released 2 full-length studio albums and 5 EPs, earning him a Gold Album and several Billboard 200 singles.

With over 1 million loyal combined social media followers, Ellington started gaining traction as a solo artist/producer after releasing remixes for The Driver Era and Glass Animals. For his debut project, he pulls influences from Alternative, Hip Hop, Motown, and Jazz to create a new, fresh sound.

For more information about Ellington
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/EllingtonOfficial
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/ellington/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/ellington

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