November 2018 Bundle

Exclusive Interview with Eurielle

by Dan Cruver

You grew up in Yorkshire, are classically trained, and now write and perform music influenced by stories of myth, legend, and fantasy. When did you realize that this is the direction you wanted to go with your music?

I always knew; I was fascinated by these subjects from a very early age.  Where I grew up (near Ampleforth) the landscape is awe inspiring, dark and sometimes brooding, almost like somewhere in Ea (Tolkien’s world) and I have always been inspired by legends and the idea of magnificent characters and creatures and their tales of heroism, treachery and sacrifice.  My interest in music arrived at an early age (three!) and this was a natural outlet for my flights of imagination.

I describe your version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Song of Durin” as hauntingly beautiful. It’s really a stunning musical interpretation of Tolkien’s lyrics that, in my opinion, perfectly fits Peter Jackson’s cinematic interpretation of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. So…two questions: First, what inspired you to write your version of “Song of Durin”?

I have always been a Tolkien fan and I found Peter Jackson’s interpretations of the books to be incredible – he succeeded in bringing awareness of Tolkien’s work to a much wider audience who might otherwise have been put off by the sheer volume of his written works.  I found myself very emotionally connected to some of the characters and the story and I wanted to somehow be part of it as a singer-storyteller.  Opportunities to work on epic soundtracks are rarely presented to new artists like myself and so I decided I’d take the initiative!

Second, how did you arrive at your wonderful interpretation of Tolkien’s song?

I wanted to write a lament that conveyed the sadness of Thorin’s struggle against the dragon sickness and the pressure of his ancestral line and how it bought the elves, mankind and the dwarves to the brink of war with each other.  To me, the “Song of Durin” lyrics seemed to evoke this beautifully (Durin was Thorin’s ancestor)  – I felt that the mournful melody would play beautifully over the stillness and sadness before the major battle, and in the second half of the video, I wanted to create a powerful contrast of emotion between the song and the action scenes. The song really was inspired by a combination of Tolkien’s lyrics and the visuals.

I hear you are planning on writing and performing another Tolkien lyric. Any hints on what Tolkien lyrics you may use?

I promised that I would produce another song and video if the first one was popular. I have been overwhelmed with the response to Song of Durin and this has been very helpful to me in growing a fanbase. I always keep my promises and so Song of Durin is now available for free download from my SoundCloud profile. I would like to produce the next song and video for the most popular character as voted for by Tolkien fans – the contenders so far are Thranduil, Thorin, Smaug, Galadriel and Bilbo. At the moment, Thranduil is in pole position, and I love the idea of doing an Elven song!  If your subscriber base has any strong opinions, I would also love to receive suggestions for the Tolkien lyrics…

You grew up in Yorkshire, are classically trained, and now write and perform music influenced by stories of myth, legend, and fantasy. When did you realize that this is the direction you wanted to go with your music?
I always knew; I was fascinated by these subjects from a very early age.  Where I grew up (near Ampleforth) the landscape is awe inspiring, dark and sometimes brooding, almost like somewhere in Ea (Tolkien’s world) and I have always been inspired by legends and the idea of magnificent characters and creatures and their tales of heroism, treachery and sacrifice.  My interest in music arrived at an early age (three!) and this was a natural outlet for my flights of imagination.

I describe your version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Song of Durin” as hauntingly beautiful. It’s really a stunning musical interpretation of Tolkien’s lyrics that, in my opinion, perfectly fits Peter Jackson’s cinematic interpretation of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. So…two questions: First, what inspired you to write your version of “Song of Durin”?

I have always been a Tolkien fan and I found Peter Jackson’s interpretations of the books to be incredible – he succeeded in bringing awareness of Tolkien’s work to a much wider audience who might otherwise have been put off by the sheer volume of his written works.  I found myself very emotionally connected to some of the characters and the story and I wanted to somehow be part of it as a singer-storyteller.  Opportunities to work on epic soundtracks are rarely presented to new artists like myself and so I decided I’d take the initiative!

Second, how did you arrive at your wonderful interpretation of Tolkien’s song?

I wanted to write a lament that conveyed the sadness of Thorin’s struggle against the dragon sickness and the pressure of his ancestral line and how it bought the elves, mankind and the dwarves to the brink of war with each other.  To me, the “Song of Durin” lyrics seemed to evoke this beautifully (Durin was Thorin’s ancestor)  – I felt that the mournful melody would play beautifully over the stillness and sadness before the major battle, and in the second half of the video, I wanted to create a powerful contrast of emotion between the song and the action scenes. The song really was inspired by a combination of Tolkien’s lyrics and the visuals.

I hear you are planning on writing and performing another Tolkien lyric. Any hints on what Tolkien lyrics you may use?

I promised that I would produce another song and video if the first one was popular. I have been overwhelmed with the reponse to Song of Durin and this has been very helpful to me in growing a fanbase. I always keep my promises and so Song of Durin is now available for free download from my SoundCloud profile. I would like to produce the next song and video for the most popular character as voted for by Tolkien fans – the contenders so far are Thranduil, Thorin, Smaug, Galadriel and Bilbo. At the moment, Thranduil is in pole position, and I love the idea of doing an Elven song!  If your subscriber base has any strong opinions, I would also love to receive suggestions for the Tolkien lyrics…