When your parents are Sting and Trudie Styler, taking the stage is almost expected. But while 25-year-old Eliot Sumner is interested in pursuing music, she wants to distant herself from her famous parents and make her own path. Sumner released an album in 2010 under the name I Blame Coco, but has since abandoned the moniker and is back with more original music. Here, we talk to her about how her music has changed over the past five years, what she learned through collaborating with Robyn and the influences behind her lyrics.
What was your very first performance like?
It all happened very quickly. I worked myself up so much that the whole gig felt like seconds. I remember being very thirsty and nauseous. But when it was over, I was hooked.
How has your song-writing changed since you started out?
My production skills have improved a lot in the last five years so I think that gave me more space to create and write and edit and mix my own material. I have more confidence in what I'm writing now than before.
In your early days, you collaborated with Robyn. Did she teach you anything or give you any advice?
Robyn is great. We had a lot of fun performing together. Her energy and charisma is magnetic.
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What influences your music, both lyrically and sonically?
Irregularity, conflict and coffee.
What is the last thing you Googled?
Best Ramen in St. Louis, Missouri
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Who do you like to follow on Twitter/Instagram?
I follow a lot of techy accounts like lavacable, salvagecustom and critterguitari.
Who would you love to collaborate with?
I would love to collaborate with Aphex Twin.
If you go:
New York City
September 17, 8 p.m.
Baby's All Right
146 Broadway, Brooklyn
September 18, 8:30 p.m.
1100 Chestnut St, Philadelphia
September 20, 9 p.m.
1222 Commonwealth Avenue, Allston
Follow Emily on Twitter: @EmLaurence