April 29, 2019

Q&A: Inspirational Mama and Musician Ella Vos

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we thought we’d share the story of inspirational mama, musician and cancer survivor, Ella Vos. We interviewed her to learn about the songs she writes, and how she balances being a mom and musician.

Our team loves her music, positive energy and ethical fashion sense… and we think you will too!

Tell us a little bit about you!

I’m Ella Vos! A singer, songwriter, artist, cancer survivor, mother! I’ve been playing piano since I was 5, but didn’t start my artist career until I was pregnant with my son a couple years ago. I’m obsessed with elephants, and I am inspired by people’s personal stories.

How do you balance being a mom and musician – on tour too?

I used to think it’d be impossible to be a mom and a musician, back when I still romanticized the artist / touring life. But I don’t think being a mom and a musician is much different or any more difficult than being a stay at home mom, or having any other job/career.

I also used to think that raising kids and running a house was all “up to mom”, which I don’t believe any more. I really depend on my partner, my friends, my family to make it all happen! I love traveling and being on tour and I find it really healthy and refreshing to have this time where I can just focus on work – and then there’s times when I have the ability to bring him out for a few days or certain trips and I love that he gets to see me in action. It’s less about balance and more about expectations and communication (which I’m no expert at, but always learning!)

What motivates you?

Other people’s personal stories, art, music; the ability to create change and make the world a better place through different art forms has always compelled me to create.

Why did you choose to partner with 31 Bits? Why is ethical fashion important to you?

I’ve been a fan since my college days when 31 Bits began! The fact that we all have the ability to change someone’s life with something as simple as a necklace is really inspiring to me. Ethical fashion in general has always been a “why not”, as in, it’s so obvious – we’ve seen the effects of fast fashion and how it’s destroyed our environment and communities, and so now more than ever I think it’s important to make a conscious decision to know how and where things are made. I want more people to know how easy it is to be an ethical shopper, too.

This year you released your EP “Watch & Wait”, can you tell us a little bit about it?

I wrote this EP while I was going through cancer treatment for lymphoma last summer – I was diagnosed while on my spring 2018 tour, which was quite shocking. I started writing as a way to cope and make sense of what I was feeling,  and found that it really helped me find myself and see myself for who I really am. It ended up being a much more positive body of work than I expected or intended it to be – less about pain and suffering and more about persevering! Listen to it here!

How would you describe your style?

Soothing, soft, gentle, comfortable, playful! I love to play with color, but my general rule is it has to feel good against my skin. I recently learned that I have extremely sensitive skin, and if something rubs me (literally) the wrong way I’ll be in a bad mood all day haha.

What’s the most rewarding part about being a mom?

Getting to watch my son grow, learn, create, and see his personality develop. Also, I think he teaches me more about life than I do him. He’s helped me be easier on myself and more accepting of life and all it brings.

Your debut single, “White Noise,” is a reflection of personal experiences with motherhood. Can you talk a little more about that?

I wrote White Noise when he was 5 weeks old – I didn’t know at the time but I was suffering from post partum depression. I felt my world caving in, I felt like I was losing myself, and I felt like I was given a task I wasn’t ready for. So this song was like a cry for help. I had a lot of ideas about what motherhood should feel and look like – and the truth is it’s not any one thing for every mother.

I thought I was going to be terrible mom, because I never saw myself as a “mom”, and I didn’t think I had the “motherly instinct” that I needed. Truth is, I think it’s in every human’s nature to “mother” because we are all creators – we all give birth, whether it’s to a child, or to an idea, or a piece of art, or a good recipe. Listen to it here!

What advice would you give to other moms?

Trust yourself!! Be open to let your kids teach you! And remember that you’re only human.

Ella Vos is wearing our new Custom Charm Necklaces for Mother’s Day. The charms she chose were an “R” for her son, “One In A Million”, and “My Heart”