Born 8 March 1988, Elly Jackson is the daughter of actress Trudie Goodwin but aka The Bill's June Ackland . Jackson grew up in the Herne Hill area of London. Jackson was nearly out of her primary school at age 8 because she was bullied often because 'I had a big fat ginger clout, had size nine feet and looked like a boy'. She became confused and 'grew to hate everything about the way I looked.?
Her first interest in music revolved around folk music. She was particularly interested in Carole King and Nick Drake whom she discovered in her parents' record collection. Her early musical material consisted of folk ditties informed by Joni Mitchell. Jackson's taste in music changed during her mid teens when she became involved in the rave scene.
Jackson has been linked to a pop music trend that features androgynous twenty-something women with a strong individualistic attitude. She has cited musicians David Bowie, Madonna, Annie Lennox, Prince and actress Molly Ringwald as her influences. She co-designs her own clothing with a friend. Jackson is unhappy with what she perceives as a 'normality' fashion trend among a majority of today's musical acts. Her hair style has been compared to the 1980s group Flock of Seagulls and imitated by young women in London.
Jackson wears a cameo necklace by Australian designer Sylvie Markovina. The necklace has become her signature piece. The piece is called Neo-cameo and sells for $240-$250. Jackson says in an interview that she stole it off her stylist and has yet bought four more.
Langmaid, a London based producer and composer has been involved with various other music projects in the past. He has a close association with Rollo Armstrong of Faithless; the two musicians went to the same school and later collaborated as Huff & Puff in the mid 90s, releasing the house single 'Help Me Make It' in 1996. Langmaid also recorded as Atomic and was one half of Huff & Herb before contributing as a songwriter to indie band Kubb's debut album 'Mother', released in 2005. This project was again linked to Rollo Armstrong; Kubb's frontman Harry Collier was introduced to Langmaid after Collier sang Happy Birthday to Armstrong whilst working as a waiter in a North London organic cafe. Langmaid turned down the offer of a permanent position in Kubb.
In 2006 Jackson and Langmaid were introduced by a mutual friend. Their first project was named 'Automan' and they wrote largely acoustic music.
La Roux's first single, 'Quicksand', was released by independent record label Kitsuné Music in December 2008. They then signed to Polydor Records in order to release their debut album.