Some musicians are defined by categories while others define themselves. And then there’s UNC musician Drell, who is writing his own musical language.
Drew Ellis, commonly known by his stage name of “Drell,” is a junior with a passion for making music. Not music for the sake of combining sounds and creating new genres, but music as a form of personal exploration, expression and evolution.
“The past couple years I've been music producing, I’ve stuck to electronic music, EDM, as a genre, more specifically future bass, which is more of a hybrid genre,” Drell said. “But this piece is a strong departure from my traditional sound – it's more of a classical orchestral composition.”
A stark shift from the upbeat EDM he built his fan base upon, Drell released “The Space Between Us,” an album that radically departs from his earlier accessible EDM structure into five classically instrumented, reverb-heavy atmospheric tracks that defy easy comparison.
“One day I was having a conversation with my friend about music and he made me realize that at the end of the day, I'm making the music for myself and not necessarily to impress other people,” Drell said. “It's your story that you're trying to tell, not someone else's.”