March 25, 2014 9:28

Ellie Goulding discusses unlikely friendship with 'wonderful' producer Burial

Chart topping pop star reveals illusive electronic musician 'looks over' her in her career

Ellie Goulding discusses unlikely friendship with 'wonderful' producer Burial

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Ellie Goulding has discussed her relationship with dubstep producer Burial, calling the illusive musician one of the most wonderful people she has ever met.

Goulding revealed her unlikely friendship with the elusive British producer, who has rarely performed live or spoken to the press, in a new interview with Billboard. In the interview Goulding lavishes praise on Burial and says he looks out for her in her career.

"Burial's one of the most wonderful people I've ever met," Goulding says. "We stay in touch, and this sounds super weird, but he kind of looks over me in a weird way."

"He's just one of those remarkable people that you come across that are so rare, he's so shy and quiet, but he's really hard to explain," Goulding says. "I'm constantly fascinated by him. I've only had a few encounters with him, but they were really intense. I may never see him again, but we stay in touch constantly."

Moving on to the way Burial does not perform live or make money from DJ appearances, Goulding states: "I think it's so admirable. Obviously I make money for what I do and promote myself, but I always remember him, in everything. The nobleness of it, where you're just making music and making people happy … I use a bit of that for myself."

Burial's last release was the 'Rival Dealer' EP in 2013. It was his follow up to the 'Truant/Rough Sleeper' EP which came out at the end of 2012. Burial, the stage name of William Bevan, released his debut album, 'Burial', in 2006, following it with 'Untrue' in 2007. A series of EPs including 'Street Halo' and 'Kindred' followed, but the artist is yet to release a third LP.

In 2011 Burial collaborated with Massive Attack for the split 12-inch 'Four Walls'/'Paradise Circus', which saw the London DJ and producer remix two tracks by the Bristol-based group. 'Four Walls' was a previously unheard track, while 'Paradise Circus' featured on Massive Attack’s 2010 album 'Heligoland'.

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