Colombian (Brooklyn based) multi instrumentalist ela minus is a humble rebellion to the overly produced-laptop driven electronic music scene. Ela is a one-woman all hardware electronic orchestra. Following a strong desire to maintain the essence of improvisation both in recorded as well as on live music, she does not use any laptops in absolutely any stage of her production or live performances. She does everything herself and performs live using only hardware machines and her voice.
Originally a drummer Ela has had a long career as a multi instrumentalist for countless projects. Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. She moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music where she graduated with a dual major and moved to Brooklyn, NY. Where she worked at the synthesizer company Critter & Guitari alongside her career as a touring drummer, as well as her solo career.
Ela’s debut LP will be released in 2019.
Video & Press
Ela Minus Makes Techno-Pop for Everyday Rebellion
[Pitchfork] The Colombia-born, Brooklyn-based artist talks about her emo past, communing with synthesizers, and abolishing the ego in this Rising interview. la Minus is surrounded by an arsenal of machines. Her synths, samplers, and keyboards are placed strategically across her Brooklyn apartment, like she’s at the helm of an intergalactic starship. The keyboard to her right […]
Review: Ela Minus ‘Megapunk’
[Stereogum] By Ryan Leas Back in April, the Colombian-born/Brooklyn-based electronic musician Ela Minus shared an excellent new single called “they told us it was hard, but they were wrong.” (It ranked amongst our favorite songs that week.) A shadowy dance track with a defiant mantra as its chorus, the song had an eerie, prescient bit of […]
Ela Minus Makes Domino Debut With Video for New Song: Watch
[Pitchfork] “they told us it was hard, but they were wrong.” is the Colombia-born, Brooklyn-based artist’s first single for the label Colombia-born, Brooklyn-based artist Ela Minus has released the music video for a new song “they told us it was hard, but they were wrong.” Directed by Will Dohrn, the video begins with an homage to the Andes […]