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Cannon in 2018
18 January 2000
Somerset, Martock, England
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Finn Cannon (born 18 January 2000), known professionally as Ellac (stylised as ellac), is an English singer, songwriter and artist. Raised in Somerset, they begun writing and producing original music at the age of 14. Their debut album, Moss Rose, was released independently worldwide via distributor Spinnup in January 2017 following the release of various covers performed by Cannon. Later on in the year, they released Stay Alive featuring Tyler Joseph and amassed over 200,000 streams on Spotify. Their music explores struggles with mental health and being LGBT.
Finn Virginia Cannon was born in Martock, Somerset and came out as transgender non-binary to friends in late 2017 via a blog post. They use both their chosen name and birth name alongside any pronouns. Cannon was raised by their mother and currently studies Media Studies, English Literature and Art at Huish Sixth Form in Langport, Somerset.
2014-2015: Home Alone and Cactus Heart
Initially, Cannon began posting original content on Youtube beginning with Home Alone after songwriting from an early age - and soon followed these releases with covers of a range of artists including Halsey to positive reception. A demo album titled Cactus Heart was then released onto the same platform and Bandcamp additionally, with a cactus emoji centering the artwork. The background is a shot of Cannon's hometown in Somerset at night.
2016-2017: Moss Rose
With production commencing in 2016 from their home in Somerset, Cannon released their 16-track debut album Moss Rose worldwide via Tunecore in January 2017, beginning promotion with a short, stylized vintage trailer edited and designed by Cannon themselves. Following this release, later in the year Cannon self-released Stay Alive featuring twenty one pilots singer Tyler Joseph via Youtube to positive reception and rapidly increasing viewership. In that year, Cannon's subscribers surpassed 500 and monthly listeners on Spotify increased to over 10,000.
2017-2018: Moonlight Swim and Flower Hawk
After redistributing the Stay Alive project through Spinnup on streaming platforms rather than solely on Youtube, Cannon released two eps[disambiguation needed] respectively called Moonlight Swim and Flower Hawk, with the latter using an art piece of Cannon's for the cover art and the former using a screencap of Cannon's Year 12 media project.
2018: Rose Skin
In the new year, Cannon advertised the release of a new 5 track project titled Rose Skin on social media available on the 3rd March of the same year on all streaming platforms. They began promotion with an official Spotify playlist titled ellac: inspirations which compiled a comprehensive list of artists who informed the latest release. In addition to this effort was a series of promotional images advertising the project and it's contents.
Musical style and influences
Cannon has stated their influences as not being limited to musicians, citing Fall Out Boy, twenty one pilots, Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Leonardo DiCaprio and River Phoenix as significantly impacting their music and life.
In January 2017, Cannon began dating a close friend of over a year attending the same college.
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