MeToo impacted music industry, says Ellie Goulding

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  • Goulding notes industry changes
  • Studios assign chaperones
  • #MeToo impact on music

Ellie Goulding has stated that since she began her career in 2010, the music industry has implemented more stringent safeguards for up-and-coming artists.

Goulding disclosed that working in studios with male producers had caused her “discomfort.”

According to Goulding, the landscape has undeniably undergone some transformation, particularly in light of the MeToo movement.

The singer further developed her record imprint, which presently provides chaperones for emerging artists.

The #MeToo movement gained significant traction in 2017 subsequent to accusations of sexual abuse being levelled against Harvey Weinstein, a film producer who subsequently received a prison sentence.

As a consequence, the entertainment industry underwent a reckoning, during which a number of women disclosed accusations of sexual harassment or assault directed at prominent male figures.

In reference to the #MeToo movement, Goulding stated, “I believe it was crucial, crucial, crucial that people continued to speak out about their personal experiences because I am certain that a great deal was occurring that was simply not being discussed.

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It appears that a considerable number of individuals were hesitant to discuss their individual studio experiences.

Goulding responded, “When asked if she had experienced vulnerability while working in recording studios, I admitted that I had moments when I rationalised them away, thinking, ‘Perhaps this is just a thing.'”

“You know, when you enter a recording studio and the producer then asks if you’d like to grab a drink afterwards. And I am a very polite individual who dislikes disappointing others. It disgusts me to disappoint others.

“Therefore, I responded, ‘Of course, feel free to go get a drink.'” “And then and again, it becomes romanticised in a way that it probably shouldn’t be.”

“A variant of currency”

The singer further stated, “It’s not meant to be romantic, but there was always a little unease when you entered a recording studio and saw only two men contributing to the compositions or productions.”

“At the same time, I endeavoured to ascertain whether the issue was internal and solely within my mind. However, upon hearing countless other accounts, many of which were similar, from female musicians and vocalists, I realised I was not alone in this regard. It wasn’t just me who was exceptionally cordial.”

Such advances are a “kind of currency” in the music industry, according to Goulding.

“There was an unspoken expectation that working with male producers would result in the aforementioned, which sounds absurd to say aloud, and it certainly would not occur at this time.” In that extreme uncommon instance, things have radically altered the situation.

“Younger artists at my record label, Polydor, will now be accompanied to the studio by chaperones.” Additionally, they have the opportunity to engage in a conversation with a counsellor or an individual who can share their personal journey as a burgeoning musician.

“It is a vulnerable place to be in a studio writing music,” she continued.

Since then, several of her compositions, including How Long Will I Love You, Burn, Love Me Like You Do, Goodness Gracious, and I Need Your Love with Calvin Harris, have peaked in the top five.

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