Eliot Sumner

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Eliot Sumner
Eliot Sumner 2015 two.jpg
Eliot Sumner in 2015
Background information
Birth nameEliot Paulina Sumner
Also known asCoco Sumner
Born (1990-07-30) 30 July 1990 (age 28)
Pisa, Tuscany, Italy
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • bass
Years active2010–present
Labels
Associated acts
Websitewww.eliotsumner.com

Eliot Paulina Sumner (born 30 July 1990), is an English musician and an electronic music producer. Sumner's debut album, The Constant (2010), was released under the band name I Blame Coco, while solo work has been released under the name Eliot Sumner. Sumner is the youngest daughter of musician Sting (Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner) and actress Trudie Styler.

Career[edit]

I Blame Coco[edit]

Sumner began writing songs at the age of 15,[1] and signed a multi-record deal with Island Records at age 17.[2][3]

Sumner spent six months writing and recording a debut album, The Constant (2010), in Sweden with producer Klas Åhlund,[1] keyboardist Emlyn Maillard, and multi-instrumentalist and producer Al Shux under the band name I Blame Coco. The album included elements of pop music, electronic music, ska, and punk. The first single, "Caesar", featured Swedish pop singer Robyn.[4] The next single, "Self Machine", was released in July 2010.[5]

According to Christian Wåhlberg, Sumner's manager, Åhlund, had been keen to work with Sumner because he saw the "punk rocker" in her.[6] Wåhlberg said that the electropop sound of the album was influenced by Darcus Beese, president of Island Records, and that if Sumner had signed to a different record label, the music would have been different.[6]

Solo career[edit]

In 2014, Sumner said her music would be released under her birth name, Eliot Sumner. Later that year, she released the EP Information, and in 2016 the full album Information appeared.

Sumner's contributions to other musicians' albums include vocals for the song "End of the Road" by Sway and the single "Splash" by Sub Focus.[7] Sumner sang a cover version of the Radiohead song "Creep" with Clint Mansell for the soundtrack to the movie Filth (2013).

Sumner appeared briefly in the films Me Without You (2001) and Stardust (2007).

Personal life[edit]

Eliot Paulina Sumner is the youngest daughter of musician Sting (Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner) and actress Trudie Styler.[8] Sumner was born in Pisa, Italy, grew up in Wiltshire, England,[4] and was educated at Bryanston School and then the Fine Arts College in London.[9]

Sumner grew up at Lake House, the family estate near Stonehenge, and has two brothers (Jake and Giacomo) and a sister (Mickey), an older half-brother (Joe), and a half-sister (Kate). Family gave Sumner the nickname "Coco". Drawn to the outdoors, Sumner spent a lot of time alone in the woods. She was given her first guitar at age four or five, wrote her first song at age 13, and signed a record deal four years later. After recording and touring with I Blame Coco, she lived alone in a cottage in the Lake District of England and became interested in house music. Sumner also works as a DJ in European dance clubs under the moniker "Vaal".[10]

Sumner's sense of smell was lost after a brain injury in 2009.[8]

In December 2015, when asked if she identified with a particular gender, Sumner replied that she didn't believe in gender labels,[11][10] and did not prefer any particular pronouns.[10]

Awards and honours[edit]

  • I Blame Coco was nominated for Best Newcomer at the Virgin Media Music Awards in 2010.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK AUT
[12]
BEL
(VL)

[13]
BEL
(WA)

[14]
FRA
[15]
GER POL
[16]
SWI
[17]
The Constant
(as I Blame Coco)
86 58 82 88 41 31 36 72
Information
  • Released: 22 January 2016
  • Label: Island
  • Formats: CD, digital download
99
Nosferatu
(as Vaal)
  • Released: 25 January 2019
  • Label: Pale Blue Dot
  • Formats: Vinyl

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK BEL
(VL)

[13]
BEL
(WA)

[14]
GER
"Caesar" (featuring Robyn) 2010 The Constant
"Selfmachine" 64 53 93 56
"Quicker" 91
"In Spirit Golden"
"Turn Your Back on Love" 2011
"Information" 2014 Information
"I Followed You Home"
"Dead Arms & Dead Legs" 2015
"After Dark"
"Firewood"
"Species"

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK UK
Dance
"Animal" (with Miike Snow) 2009 98 Miike Snow
"Splash" (with Sub Focus) 2010 41 7 Sub Focus

Other: Remixes[edit]

  • Eliot Sumner – After Dark (Mr Tophat's Alterned 303 Remix)
  • Eliot Sumner – After Dark (Dixon Remix)
  • Eliot Sumner – Firewood – Lakker Remix

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2010 "Caesar" Hope Audikana[18]
"Only Love Can Break Your Heart" Tom & Tabitha[19]
"Splash" Nick Frew[20]
"Self Machine" Alex Smith[21]
"Quicker" China Moo-Young[22]
"In Spirit Golden" Hope Audikana[23]
2014 "Information" Eliot Lee Hazel[24]
2015 "Dead Arms & Dead Legs" tech wizards, Flat-E[25]
"After Dark"
"Firewood"
"Species"
"I Followed You Home"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "About". I Blame Coco. Archived from the original on 25 March 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
  2. ^ McCormick, Neil (1 February 2010). "Coco Sumner: 'Forget my dad! Hear my band'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
  3. ^ Machell, Ben (30 January 2010). "Coco Sumner on Sting, shyness and singing". Times Online. Retrieved 31 March 2010.
  4. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Eliot Sumner". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Forthcoming UK Singles". www.radio1.gr. Archived from the original on 29 September 2012. Retrieved 2016-05-18.
  6. ^ a b "Interview With Christian Wåhlberg". HitQuarters. 2 May 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  7. ^ "Sub Focus Ft. Coco 'Splash' (Official video) - Drum & Bass Arena :: Established 1996". Archived from the original on 28 April 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Coco Sumner: My dad Sting talked me into having life-saving brain scan". Now Magazine. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  9. ^ "Coco Sumner – Every little thing Sting's daughter does is magic". The Independent. 30 April 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  10. ^ a b c Goodman, Lizzy (15 June 2016). "How Sting's Daughter Sabotaged Her Music Career". New York magazine/The Cut. Retrieved 26 January 2017.
  11. ^ "I don't believe in 'gender labels,' says Sting's child Eliot Sumner". Evening Standard. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Discographie Eliot Sumner". Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 26 March 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  13. ^ a b "Discografie Eliot Sumner". Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  14. ^ a b "Discografie Eliot Sumner". Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  15. ^ "Discographie Eliot Sumner". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  16. ^ Peak position for The Constant:
    "OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart :: sales for the period 02.11.2010 - 07.11.2010". OLiS. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  17. ^ "Discography Eliot Sumner". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 28 February 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  18. ^ "Promo News " Blog Archive " I Blame Coco's Caesar by Hope Audikana " Promo News". Promonews.tv. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  19. ^ "Coco and Fyfe – Only Love Can Break Your Heart". YouTube. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  20. ^ "Promo News " Blog Archive " Sub Focus' Splash (feat. Coco) by Nick Frew " Promo News". Promonews.tv. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  21. ^ "Promo News " Blog Archive " I Blame Coco's Self Machine by Alex Smith " Promo News". Promonews.tv. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  22. ^ Moo, China. "I Blame Coco 'Quicker' on Vimeo". Vimeo.com. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  23. ^ "Promo News " Blog Archive " I Blame Coco's in Spirit Golden by Hope Audikana " Promo News". Promonews.tv. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  24. ^ "Promo News " Blog Archive " Eliot Sumner's Information by Eliot Lee Hazel " Promo News". Promonews.tv. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  25. ^ "Music Video Commissions". Natalia Maus. Retrieved 10 November 2018.

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