gglum: 16 Quick Q’s for Your New Musical Crush!

Looking for a new musical crush? We got you covered! Meet 19-year-old singer and songwriter gglum!

gglum by MATILDA HILL-JENKINS
gglum by Matilda Hill-Jenkins

Your new favorite song or lifelong musical crush is always right around the corner, and it’s our job to keep bringing you amazing new tunes and artists with that very goal in mind. That’s why we got in touch with the one and only gglum!

Drawn by her intimate lo-fi bedroom pop, the half Finnish/half British singer-songwriter gglum first caught our attention back in June with the single “glad ur gone” from her debut EP once the edge has worn off that came out last week!

The just 19-year-old artist from Croydon, London has used music as an emotional outlet since childhood, but only started recording her songs a few years ago. Her music channels feelings of loneliness and isolation in a way that’s easy to relate to and she describes the reality of growing up in a way that gives us goosebumps. With a sound floating somewhere in between artists like Clairo, girl in red and Phoebe Bridgers, gglum’s stunning songwriting and curious approach to music is another much appreciated addition to a musical movement of honest young women that we’re absolutely loving!

We’ve got in touch with Ella Smoker aka gglum with our 16 quick questions to learn more.

Hi, I’m gglum and I’ve been making music since… I was a little kid. I used to set up a bunch of pots and pans from my kitchen on the floor and drum along to songs I wrote when I was little. As I got older I started to write songs on the guitar and started recording them a few years ago.

I started making music because… it’s such a good way to sort through your feelings. It’s kind of like a diary, I can be honest without worrying about who’s listening. I love listening to music that makes me feel what the person who made it was feeling so I like to attempt to make that type of music.

If I were to describe my music, I’d say it sounds kind of like… how it feels when you wake up from a nap and you’re really groggy.

I feel the most inspired when… I’m stressed out. By writing a song I can sort through the stress and I know I’ll feel better afterwards.

I’m really proud of… learning how to talk to new people (although I probably talk way too much now haha)

The first time I heard “The Glow Pt 2” by The Microphones I felt… like I knew what I wanted to do with my music. I always felt a bit directionless with music until I listened to that song. I don’t know what it is but it just made something click in my head. It’s genius.

I’ll never forget when… I learned how to click. I was probably 17 when I learned how to click my fingers properly… good skill to have really (especially when you do music).

When I hear the word “happy” it makes me… think of hanging out with friends.

I feel the most empowered when… I make music without worrying if people will like it or not. I can be quite bad at trusting my own opinion so it’s always a good day if I’m not worrying about what others think.

My song “Navy” is… a song I made with the lovely Jadu Heart. It’s all about two people being unable to communicate with each other properly and both people getting frustrated about the silence. I think it’s something a lot of people have experienced.

When people listen to my music, I hope they… feel how I felt when I wrote it.

It’s important to empower women because… we’re very often taught while growing up that we can’t be certain things or act in certain ways. It’s hard to break out of that mindset unless you feel encouraged to. 

My biggest role models are… my friends. They make crazy good music which always makes me want to write when I listen to it.

Looking back at this time of my life 10 years from now, I’ll remember it being… happy. I don’t want to take anything for granted.

If I met my 14-year-old self I’d tell her… that it’s okay to not have a clear idea of what she wants. Things have a funny way of falling into place.

I want you to know that… my first EP once the edge has worn off came out on the 28th October and I would love if you checked it out!!’


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