“I couldn’t write an essay without listening to Dark Side of the Moon.”
Growing up to the tunes of Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan, Elsie is truly the Girl from the North Country. Hailing from Alice Springs, she’s only recently moved to Melbourne and I was lucky enough to catch her at her first ever music performance here.
She’s outrageous, fun-loving yet down-to-Earth and articulate. Her dynamic voice is perfectly suited to her indie rock/pop tunes. Drawing inspiration from the music she grew up with, songwriting is a solace and an outlet for her.
“I listened to ‘Girl from the North Country’ for six weeks straight. It means such an awful lot to me. I felt I needed to write a song that makes me feel the same way.”
Music has played an important role in her life, even from an academic perspective!
“I couldn’t write an essay without listening to Dark Side of the Moon. I’d be sitting in class and all people could hear through my headphones was BREATHE, BREATHE IN THE AIR!”
Studying a Bachelor of Arts full time as well as working part time – she ultimately wants to use her qualifications and passion to work in remote community development. Music is a serious hobby, but she is open to the prospect of taking it further if the opportunity presents itself.
Active on the local live music scene back in Alice Springs, Elsie encourages people to be open minded and to have a go.
“Just get up – don’t think yourself too good for Open Mics. Listen to the people who you know are trying really hard. I’ll rock up an hour or so before a gig just to see what’s going on.”
As she’s new to Melbourne, she’ll be making the rounds performing at various Open Mics around the place to see which ones feel best for her, but you can keep up with her music here:
Her original called ‘Grey Skies’ is being released in the next few weeks on Triple J Unearthed.
Judging from the title only, this could well become an anthem for Melbourne’s weather..