Acclaimed Drummer Ellington Drops Alt Rock “Sun to Rise”, 2nd Single On New Solo Career


The more we peer into the world of indie music and see more and more artists pulling from rock music, the wider the smile on our face grows. To kick off this week’s coverage of indie music we have “Sun to Rise”, the newest single from Ellington. Born and raised in the LA area, Ellington has never been a stranger to the world of rock music. Officially starting his career back in 2009, Ellington has now become an acclaimed drummer and songwriter who has touched the lives of many rock music fans through his contributions to bands like R5 and The Driver Era. Since the start of his career, Ellington has performed 265 shows in 30 different countries, as well as headlined notable venues/festivals such as The Greek in LA, Summer Sonic, Riptide, and Made in America. Ellington made the move over to being a solo artist late 2020, dropping his debut single “EMT” and gaining major buzz from outlets like Alt Press and Euphoria.

“I’ve been off the deep end only cuz its sweet and sometimes you don’t need a reason its the time of our lives” – ‘Sun to Rise!’ is the first song I wrote for this project and represents when you’re at a low point and there’s this sense of freedom and mischievousness you feel when the only way is up. Whether it be the injustices in the world or you feel like you’re neck deep in the sand with the tide coming in sometimes all you can do is wait for the sun to rise.” – Ellington

Having amassed a solid 1 million follower count across social media, there was no doubt that Ellington’s solo career would pick up at breakneck speed. As a solo producer and songwriter, his fusion of alternative, jazz, hip-hop, and Motown gives us an urban alternative feel that we haven’t felt since we first were introduced to Jack White. Exploring the concept of pure freedom even when you’re at your lowest point, the theme resonates with each note and lyric as Ellington performs. “Sun To Rise” shows off his level as a skillful performer beyond the drums, each instrument working harmoniously as if every member performing was absolutely in sync. While the track was written and produced by Ellington himself, he recruited producer Mark Needham (The Killers, The 1975, Imagine Dragons) to mix and master. With another strong outing under his belt, we have no doubt that Ellington will find even more success on his new solo venture.

Make sure you check out the music video for “Sun To Rise” on YouTube below or over on Soundcloud !

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Brandon Stuhr

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